If you want to turn your carefully prepared manual into something truly useless try this.
Get on to Google Translate and translate it into another language and then back into English. This is especially entertaining when you use some idomatic expressions. Translating popular songs this way is a real hoot.
Then you'll get some idea as to why many manuals are so useless.
@zeeglen: He was flabbergasted - had no idea what Heathkit was all about.
The thing is that it's easy for those of us who do this sort of thing to take a lot of things for granted. Based on this, it's easy for us to forget just how "lost" beginners can be. I'm working on a simple prototype spectrum analyzer just varying the intensity of a LED for each channel -- when I come to write this up, I will include the calculation for working out what series resistors to use with the different colored LEDs depending on whether you are using an MCU with 5.0V or 3.3V I/Os -- I'll do this because the folks who already know can skim over it, but I'm convinced that there will be at least one student or hobbyist who think's to themselves "So that's how it's done!"
Max, As you will have discovered when you opened the box, some assembly is required
Slightly off-topic, but this exact scene played out 40 years ago in a Heathkit retail store. A customer came in wanting to buy a radio direction finder for his boat. Brought it to him , he insisted the box be opened so he could see it. Somewhat puzzled, I obliged. He was flabbergasted - had no idea what Heathkit was all about.
@sheepdoll: It was the best of 'scopes, It was the worst of 'scopes...
Now you have my brain buzzing -- how about:
Elmer Gantry was drunk; he was eloquently drunk, lovingly and pugnaciously drunk, which is why we didn't let him have anything to do with the design of the fine oscilloscope you have in front of you (instead, he wrote this manual).
With apologies to Sinclair Lewis: Elmer Gantry (1926)
Or here's one more
It was the day my grandmother exploded (I always told her she should invest in a better oscilloscope, like the one you now see before you).
With apologies to Iain Banks: The Crow Road (1992)
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