I have always had a bit of a fascitation with electronics.
I have also as long as I can remember been interested in computers. Convincing those emotionless automatons to do something useful, and if you are lucky, interesting. has fascinated me. And all just by changing the instructions they are following. Not only that, but (in the old days, when computers were fast) at lightning speed !
I've bought kits (mostly from Maplins) for FM radio receivers, electronic dice, and programmers for programmable integrated circuits (PICs), as well as 'robots' that can detect and be attracted or not to light, making them run and hide when a torch is shone on them. But I still feel a million miles away from understanding what is going on.
On a more practical note, I have used a soldering iron to replace a broken cable on my multimeter, and fix my shredding machine.
Still a way to go, though
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