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Who needs career fairs when we have Best Buy?

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george.leopold
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george.leopold   2/28/2012 3:05:12 PM
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I suspect the same could be said about the Apple store.

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Duane Benson   2/28/2012 8:26:18 PM
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I know it isn't the place it used to be, but RadioShack is still a good place. Many of them sell Vex robots and they're starting to sell Arduino's. They still have a smattering of components and, though not the breadth and depth of BestBuy, a good selection of consumer electronics. The only downside to RadioShack is that sometimes browsing seems a little awkward. My local store isn't well trafficked and the sales people tend to watch like lonely hawks, hoping I'll buy something and not just look.

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ischematics   2/28/2012 8:39:17 PM
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Hi! This is great to hear. I am the author of Spicy Schematics (http://ischematics.com), the first and [only] app on iPad that offers real spice simulation ... this is a great story and one of the reasons I wrote the program! The ipad is a great platform, and I think designing circuits should and can be easy and intuitive ... combining spice with a touch-based GUI seemed only natural to me, but it was surprising that noone had done it yet! .. well it has been a year now, and we are thousands of users strong, and the program has grown quite a bit ... there are many advanced features now including one-click sharing, import/export, and more ... in addition, we now have an iphone spice utility that allows you to simulate netlists! (http://ischematics.com/iphone.html) Great to hear and thank you for the post!

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LiketoBike   2/28/2012 8:57:00 PM
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So, which Best Buy lets a 10-year-old wander in with a screwdriver and take an iPad apart? I need to visit that one :-)

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old account Frank Eory   2/28/2012 10:36:49 PM
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As much fun as Best Buy is, if you really want to light up a kid's enthusiasm for electronics, take him to Fry's Electronics. Not only is it enormous and loaded with fun gadgets to play with, but it also has lots of test equipment, components and of course motherboards, CPUs, DRAM, hard drives, PC cases, etc. I fondly recall a trip to Fry's with my son when he was around 10. My old PC was overdue for replacement and I asked him if he would like to help me build a new computer and come with me to Fry's to buy all the parts. It was a big thrill for him, and he asked lots of questions and paid careful attention as we put it all together. He has been building PCs for himself, his friends and also for me, since he was about 12.

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_hm   2/29/2012 1:38:29 AM
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Also subscribe to some hobby magazines like Elektor and others. Order kits from this magazine and this works like wonder. Kids will be lost in electronics with Elektor and its kits.

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seaEE   2/29/2012 5:31:21 AM
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Yep, I use to go to Radio Shack quite often and scope out their general merchandise, components, and kits. I also looked forward to getting their sales flyer in the mail and leafing through it. I think once you signed up for their free battery club card, you got the flyer. I also like going to Best Buy just to look around. I keep looking at netbooks there but still haven't bought one (Is it my imagination, or is hard drive density in laptops and netbooks no longer increasing at its former rate?).

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David Ashton   2/29/2012 9:20:17 AM
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They probably don't need to worry....doesn't Apple use those weird 5-pointed star screws?

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David Ashton   2/29/2012 9:27:58 AM
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The trouble is (at least in Aussie) that electronics parts stores are getting few and far between. There used to be a chain here (Dick Smith, started by an ex telecom tech) that wer great for parts and kits. He sold our and the supermarket giant that runs them now has ditched all the electronics bits and only does phones, cameras, TVs and computer stuff, etc. The upside has been that they sold off a lot of nice electronics-related stuff (breadboards, PCBs, scope probes, parts etc) for next to nothing to get rid of them and I got some good bargains. The Tandy franchises here were taken over by the same lot, but the local franchisee has moved to another supplier and still does some electronics stuff, though I wonder how long it's going to last....

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junko.yoshida   2/29/2012 12:46:00 PM
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your comment about Fry's reminded me of my late father -- who was an engineer -- taking me to Akihabara. If anyone has ever been to Akihabara in Tokyo, you know what I am talking about. Especially in the old days, the place was crawling with little shops that sell everything from cables to transistors. My father built our own stereo; built his own computer. And that opened my eyes to what you can actually build yourself!

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