I'd gladly trade your "instant communications" (of mostly trivial garbage) for that. I walked to the library then, I can still do it now. I just don't understand why we accept diminishing returns for all these technologies except for a few people on top. Because they deserve it. Sure.
But I'm talking nonsense.
But instead we choose to continue with this outdated mentality of "40 hours a week for everyone" otherwise you're not a worthy human being.
So, what do you do with all these people? Well, you make them spend exorbitant amounts of time in meetings and generating data and reports to make them look productive.
We are squandering the most glorious time in history in terms of energy resources, technology and machinery in order to maintain a social order that comes from the caves.
Everyone is *so* productive in today's world! Oh my yes! That's why it takes two people working in a household today to barely maintain the lifestyle my single-income parents had 40 years ago!
We're so productive, but *what* are we producing and for *who*?
I used to work in an industrial park with a FAG outlet in it, with the company name in HUGE letters. I laughed every time I passed by. Yes, I'm immature...
Would you recommend a Porsche 911 for someone learning to drive just because you have 50 years experience driving and have fun in your Porsche? Fine if you can afford it, but how about a nice pair of socks and sneakers first? Then a bicycle? There's plenty of time for that new hobbyist to get into "analog fun", but that doesn't mean s\/he should throw away the other 50 years of progress in electronics that we are enjoying now.
I'm just being pragmatic and realistic.
If you're someone with 300$ to spend on starting out, that's either 1 so-so probably used scope and nothing else, or a used power supply, a basic multimeter and a soldering iron. With a bit more work, insistence and luck that 300$ is going to get some parts too.
What's better for the neophyte? Especially if they still have decades ahead of them to get into all the other nooks and crannies of electronics.
"Do you honestly think that the year has anything to do with an individual's physical fitness?"
I can't parse that sentence. The time of year? Yes, of course it does. I'm in Montreal. We have this thing called winter. If you think you're as active in winter as in summer in a Nordic climate, come on up and show me. It was -19 Celcius today. Even I don't bike in this cold. I could, but the salt and gravel is rough on my road bike. My hybrid got stolen. (Did I mention Montreal?)
The year, as is my age? Of course it has something to do with my physical fitness. Are you insane?
You are gangly and skinny and I am robust. Deal with it. Do you think I have a gut or something? And "around" my age? Hoo boy, have I got news for you, you're at the cusp of some dramatic changes in your body! Guaranteed. Keep in touch, let me know when you hit middle-age. You'll see.
Here are is an overweight individual for you to complain about:
I get the feeling you are trumpeting the BMI as some sort measure of individual physical fitness. BMI is a demographic tool. It has little to do with individuals. I suspect my legs are far heavier in proportion to my frame than you'd expect. It's one of the reasons I don't like swimming, my legs always sink, you see, muscle and bone don't float.
Exactly. Electronics is now just a support for software. You don't design electronics so much as specify what completed system you want to program. Electronics is a mature field now, the only place I see new challenges is in power electronics, either in cars/EV in general, and HVDC transmission, and I guess solar PV home systems. Everything else? Dead and buried. Take a look at 20 year old electronics magazines: I'd wager 90% of the proposed hobby projects are either useless, too expensive or simply not relevant anymore these days. When was the last time you needed a 100KHz sawtooth generator, even if it had a digital readout of the frequency? Who cares? Anything you needed a 100KHz sawtooth wave for is probably software-defined nowadays, or deeply buried in a 1$ microcontroller (PWM)...
I know I don't even use my oscilloscope much anymore, and I don't understand why some people seem so convinced you absolutely need one. To beginners, I always recommend a good power supply and to not waste time making your own. Get one that works first. Then you need a decent multimeter that at least checks diodes, and maybe capacitor and frequency measurement. Then you need one or two USB based instruments like a logic analyzer and a I2C/SPI/JTAG master. Then add a ICSP programmer for microcontrollers. Of course, a good soldering iron with fine tips, some fine braid, a bit of fine tin/lead solder. (It wets better).
There you go, small, simple, cheap, compact.
Oh I know, like last time I said this someone always comes up with an anecdote of the variety "but I had a signal that didn't work and the oscilloscope showed it had the wrong logic level!"
To which I say read the damn datasheet. You'll learn more and end up knowing your device more. Scopes are a tool of a bygone era where things like television sets had a few signal paths with one or two very complex analog signals snaking around a few active components where having all the information from one or two channels of an analog scope made sense.
"But but but!"
But nothing. Electronics has fundamentally shifted away from the basics of the R, the L and the C and is now about the ONE and the ZERO.
(Disclaimer: For the vast majority of hobyists I believe I am right. Naturally for the professional engineer working in a corporate environment things are different. But even then, there aren't that many 'scopes anymore. It's about the DCA.)
In any case, if 5 pounds overweight and perfect check ups is the result of my "scorched plate" policy of eating whatever I feel like (I'm munching through some gruyere as I type), that's still pretty good, no?
I might eat a few slices of cake and drown them with an espresso before going to bed.
Did I mention I also never get headaches? And I'll probably lose the 5 pounds in spring when I start biking to work again. It's also entirely possible my legs are oversized for the rest of me since I don't have a car and walk a lot too. Oh and I skate.
You aren't going to see huge improvements in designs anymore IMO, just some tweaks in manufacturing processes. SLS can do things like progressively blend from one alloy to another in one part. How much that helps I don't know.