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DOES THE ABILITY TO REPAIR A DEVICE INFLUENCE YOUR BUYING DECISIONS?

If you were going to replace a common household item such as a toaster, sewing machine, television, etc., would you be more inclined to purchase one that had repair instructions and/or replacement parts available? Do you even bother to take a look to see if the device is held together with screws so that you might have a chance of opening it if it malfunctions? Or, do you buy an inexpensive one and figure you'll dispose of it if (when?) it finally fails.  
   

This is a resend of this weeks newsletter with a corrected link to our commenting page for the question above. Everything else is the same. Sorry for the screw-up! 
 
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The Yamaha CX5M
MICRO MEMORIES 
The YAMAHA CX5M: The Music Computer - 80's Style
 
These days, recording music on a PC is a surprisingly straightforward affair. Back in the 1980s, it was a different story. We had to use the first generation of mass produced computer music technology and it was pretty brutal.

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PID Controller
THE PID CONTROLLER - PART 1    
 
The goal of this series is to introduce you to the world of control electronics. Practical examples will be presented and the math will be kept to an absolute minimum. This is not to say that the math is not important. Quite the opposite - control systems may be modeled and analyzed mathematically. The mathematics is nothing short of amazing and I would encourage you to peruse it.

Transformer Tutorial
A TRANSFORMER TUTORIAL  
 
Much as we learn about ourselves from our mistakes, we can learn a great deal about transformers from their imperfections.

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Smiley_s Workshop
Smiley's Workshop 48
C Programming * Hardware * Projects


This time, some C theory for structuring data and then some hands-on lab work using a DS1307 real time clock IC on a breadboard.
 
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3D Printing with Autodesk 123D_ Tinkercad_ and MakerBot
Book Pick Of The Week
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3D Printing with Autodesk 123D, Tinkercad, and MakerBot           
Are you ready to join the new industrial revolution?

3D Printing lets you turn your ideas into physical products that you can use or sell! Learn how to operate powerful, free software from Autodesk and bring your creations to life with the MakerBot - a leading consumer printer - or an online service bureau.
   
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  • Make your own creations with Design and Tinkercad
  • Download editable, premade content
  • Generate construction documents with the LayOut feature
  • Create and edit a reality capture model with Catch
  • Edit and mash up .stl files with Meshmixer
  • Navigate the MakerBot Desktop
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