Just thought I'd say hi. I have a little electronics experience but only in repairing, modding and my exams from school when I was 15, about 17 years ago. So Im reading volume 1 ATM. Probably have a ton of questions because there are a ton of projects I want to try, may have overdone it with the 'beginner' parts. I was experimenting with an ATmega168 and LCD with temperature, messages and driving LEDs etc. and it occured to me, no matter how well I can control the thing I should really find out about everything else around it, I dont want stuck at LEDs making pretty patterns. So with no real interests apart from getting drunk, playing computer games and building things I eventually spent my xmas money on about 1600 resistors, assorted IC timers, pots, switches, buttons, LEDs, voltage regs, caps, buzzers, lamps, laser modules, solar panels and probably things I have no idea I actually now have as of last week, sort of spur of the moment but my heads been buzzing to do this for a looooooooong time.