"Some more layouting done for the board. I think it is good to mention that I've not been working from a tutorial. I've not planned the layout beforehand either (which might not be a good thing, but oh well). This was all 'improvised' from what I knew should be able to work."
"This is the underside of the board. I'm pretty sure most, if not even all, of the stuff was soldered on at that point, the only thing missing was having a connection from the shift register pins over to the IDE connector."
And what's wrong with 2009? (grin) The builder was all of 15 when this was done! Construction like this takes experience that's usually not so much learning by doing, but by UNDOING, at least it has been for me (especially learning to work on my Jeep).
Learning to solder and wiring a breadbaord are common skills needed by every generation. Programming has begun with "Hello world" since before Kernigan and Richie, and it's still there. Us with years or decades of experience need to encourage beginners to experiment and celebrate legitimate successes. Besides, who hasn't had days when keeping the smoke in the parts, let alone making LED's blink is a good day?.
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