[sdiy] What is DIY? (was Re: Digital delay memory)

Roman Sowa modular at go2.pl
Wed May 4 09:56:06 CEST 2016

Maybe we all talk about 2 unrelated areas: something that was called DIY 
20 years ago, and DIY-kit mania, that is somehow recent thing, when 
people just solder PCB provided in the kit, attach panel, case and so 
on, and expect everything to fit.

For me DIY is anything I can do myself, and because I'm happy to have 
all that equippment now, I can DIY on much higher level than 10 years 
ago, be it circuits, panels, cases, or furniture. It's far from DIY-kit 
concept, as most of it is unorganized and large parts of the design are 
made on the go, while next steps of making pass. And because I have 
those tools, I like to utilize them, so that affects the whole idea of 
DIY, starting from product concept. So even if I documented all the 
process, this still would not look like DIY to most home 
soldering/building enthusiasts. But it is DIY for me, because I did all 

SMD is still scarry to most people, just like it was 20 years ago when I 
started using it. And probably will be in 20 years from now, especially 
when packages will become much smaller than today.
But that's no stopper for DIY-kit movement, as more and more projects 
are made using premade hardware blocks and software libraries, so you 
can just plug the boards together, add a few lines of code and upload 
firmware. I think this is the future of DIY, less hardware making 
struggle, more imagination beyond limits.


W dniu 2016-04-29 o 21:24, Tom Wiltshire pisze:
> On 29 Apr 2016, at 19:46, Jason Tribbeck <jason at tribbeck.com> wrote:
>> Maybe that could be the topic of another thread - what is DIY? What can be expected of people?
> I think it varies hugely. Or put another way, we're not all Jürgen Haible.
> My own DIY has improved enormously over the years as my knowledge and experience have grown. One of the things that's important to me now is trying to design projects that will inspire people to try something a bit further on from what they might have otherwise tried. I've been using PICs to try and reduce the number of components in classic circuits and make them easier to manage. Basically, I'm trying to design the stuff that I would have wished for when I was starting out.
> Personally, I don't have access to anything like your lab resources, Jason, and I doubt that people I'm designing for do either, so through-hole is pretty much essential. I try to avoid needing an oscilloscope to trim a circuit, since although I've got one, many people don't. The scope is to help the *designer*, not the *builder*. I assume only that they can solder reasonably well (although I design boards with *far* wider tolerances than you're doing) and that they have a multimeter. I've started doing stomp box stuff recently, and the people who build that are…well, they're *guitarists*! They know which end of the soldering iron to hold, mostly. I'm joking, but the point is serious - some of the people involved in music DIY aren't technical people at all. And this is a good thing. Perhaps some of them will become interested and take it further. After all, I did.
> Tom
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