Teaching an old dog new tricks.


Joined Mar 30, 2015
I used to do that but stopped.
I use credit cards almost exclusively now for the rewards benefit.

I buy cat food 3-5 cases at a time so I only need to buy a few times a year. I'm always shocked by how the cashiers have to count the cans (in the original cardboard boxes) instead of multiplying. Then there's the poor old guy who's trying to check my receipt.

I always keep a running total of items in my cart so I can tell if they overcharge me. Sadly, whenever they make a mistake, I have to stand in the customer service line to get my refund.


Joined Oct 6, 2015
Hello Everyone,

My name is Rex and I'm new to AAC.
I am just beginning my learning of electronics. I've been a systems administrator, MCSE, know all about networking, workstations, servers and databases and websites. But I've always wanted to learn about electronics.

I'm not sure if ACC is for beginners. Looking at the forum topics it seems out of my league when I'm just trying to nail down Ohm's law.
I don't want to bother this forums with simplistic questions and beginners concepts, but I am looking for a forum that I can ask my questions regarding electronics. I don't want to ask how do you know which resistor to use to turn on a LED with a 5v source in the"FPGA's" forum when I don't even know what a "Field Programmable Gate Array) is.....YET.

I have many questions regarding online courses, circuit simulators, and just basic beginners questions and I don't want to bother you guys with these things if I need to be on a different forum, or post things in the wrong topic and aggravating everyone.

So if you have any advice for me and wanna spend the time to respond to this post I would greatly appreciate it.
Stickys I need to read? Other sites to check out? Recommend courses on the fundamentals electronics?


P.S. My wife bought me a Oscilloscope last year for Christmas, I don't know how to use it, it's still in the box. Asking for a Variable Power Supply this year. Maybe I'll get further along this year. LOL, Merry Christmas!


Joined Sep 24, 2015
When I worked at a cash register and someone had a $5. 45 total and they gave me a $10 I'd hand them a nickel and say "Fifty", then two quarters and say "Six", then handed them four $1's "Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten". The last time I operated a register and counted the change back that was back in 2003. The man said "I haven't seen anyone count the change back like that in years."

How times have changed. Computers now tell the teller how much change to make. Our technology is making us dumber and dumber on an almost exponential scale.

Does anyone remember the song "In the year 2525"? It's a foreboding commentary on where we're headed.

[Chorus 1]
In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive

They may find-

[Chorus 2]
In the year 3535
Ain't gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies
Everything you think, do, and say
Is in the pills you took today

[Chorus 3]
In the year 4545
Ain't gonna need your teeth, won't need your eyes
You won't find a thing to chew
Nobody's gonna look at you

[Chorus 4]
In the year 5555
Your arms are hanging limp at your sides
Your legs got nothing to do
Some machine's doing that for you

[Chorus 5]
In the year 6565
Ain't gonna need no husband, won't need no wife
You'll pick your sons, pick your daughters too
From the bottom of a long glass tube


[Chorus 6]
In the year 7510
If God's a-coming, he ought to make it by then
Maybe he'll look around himself and say
“Guess it's time for the judgement day!”

[Chorus 7]
In the year 8510
God is gonna shake his mighty head
He'll either say, "I'm pleased, where man has been"

Or tear it down and start again

[Chorus 8]
In the year 9595
I'm kinda wonderin', if man is gonna be alive
He's taken everything this old Earth can give
And he ain't put back nothing


Now it's been ten thousand years
Man has cried a billion tears

For what he never knew
Now man's reign is through
But through the eternal night
The twinkling of starlight
So very far away
Maybe it's only yesterday


Joined Sep 24, 2015
Talk about off topic! Teaching old dogs what new tricks mean for us all.

Like Ghallager, I'm stuck in the 60's (and 70's) too.