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brain_puddle
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brain_puddle   3/4/2012 5:01:31 AM
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I remember something similar, browsing through army-navy surplus shops and small electronics shops in Manhattan. That part of town was mostly razed to make way for the World Trade Center :-(

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JON-design   3/3/2012 8:00:01 AM
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That's exactly how I feel about the Apple Store. As another testament to Steve Jobs' seemingly mystical sense into how to draw in consumers the 'please touch' aura that the Apple Store exudes further adds to the desirability of their devices. I've never heard as many 'wow's and "aahh"s at the circus as I have heard standing around an Apple Store display table. Jon - http://www.evosite.co.uk

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David Ashton   3/3/2012 2:49:06 AM
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"...said he never needed to pop the top on a PC" Bit of a closed mindset. And a different mentality form most engineering types. Didn't he ever WONDER what went on under the hood??

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David Ashton   3/3/2012 2:46:09 AM
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For every one like you who gets inspired by the stuff (and has a dad who points him in the right direction) there are a thousand who just mindlessly play the games.....

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David Ashton   3/3/2012 2:44:34 AM
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Jaycar do a lot of kits as well as things like wireless weather stations, remote control toys and things like that, they also do techie stuff but the stores that actually stock that are few and far between - they can order you anything from the catalogue though. This is the case where I live.

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daleste   3/3/2012 2:07:01 AM
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Great stories here. I agree that Fry's is the best place to go today in the US. But if you ever get the chance, Akihabara is a great place to wander around. The companies in Japan make a lot of products that never go into production and you can find prototypes in Akihabara. That was probably the most fun I have had in my life wandering around electronics stores. Don't you miss the old Heath kits?

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_hm   3/2/2012 12:28:38 AM
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@alhertan: I agree. Another option is to get many parts/kits to children and do some hobby project with them to give them push. Also, volunteering in school or community center for hobby project may find many eager student looking for avenues in science and technology.

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alhertan   3/1/2012 10:15:40 PM
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I do not think that a trip to Best Buy is an ideal place to inspire youth to go into engineering. Most of the items on display at Best Buy are consumer electronics products that are meant to be consumed by users. They're for the user oriented crowds that want to buy new toys to use. Most of those that own iphones care not about how it works. They care only that it does do the things that Apple promised them that it would do. Visiting websites like hackaday and electronics-lab.com/blog, instructables.com are in my opinion the ideal way to getting students excited about electronics / electrical engineering and embedded systems. Other websites that set up exciting demos like controlling a robot over the internet from your phone and then explaining how to replicate this effort e.g. are great.

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dczh716   3/1/2012 3:53:52 PM
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Best Buy wasn't around when I was a kid, and definitely not in my hometown--still isn't. Personal computers did not exist. When my kids were growing up we started with the TI 99/4A and upgraded from there, from dialup to DSL...etc. My son did pursue engineering directly, but he has in a different way, he is competent on a computer and many other things. He has taken a different path. My daughter as well has chosen to be something else altogether--her love is writing. My path to engineering is with a Physics Degree. My grandfather was an old telephone man and had parts leftover from his days with a switchboard. He built a continuity checker using a generator from a crank telephone, the ringer coils, making a buzzer with them. We loved to hold the clamps on the wires and shock ourselves and anyone willing to be a sucker! I still have it. I am in my sixties and my grandfather is long gone, but I still remember the fascination with electrical stuff. That I got from playing with the things he had. When I got to college, I was debating electronics or Physics for a major, my Physics teacher said do you want to make things work or understand how they work, I chose the how and went into Physics studies. the school wasn't big enough to have an engineering school, so I stayed and got a Physics degree. (two years there and two years soemwhere else to get an engineering degree) I have worked as an engineer (title) but haven't done any designing. As a young adult I ordered stuff from Allied Electronics, Burstein Applebee, Radio Shack, etc. I still have stuff I ordered from a place back East in Framigham Massachusetts, that sold IC's and other components at a low price. Kind of a "Harbor Freight" of electrical/electronic parts.

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seaEE   3/1/2012 5:07:11 AM
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At a previous job in the U.S., I worked for a company that had acquired and Australian company. In reviewing their parts list, I ran into Dick Smith as well as another company you might have heard of, Jaycar Electronics.

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