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How to start with Technology? Answered


I'm already visiting this website for a while, but never really sign up. Today was finally the day I decide to register myself. I'm very interested in the technology section of this website, and I think all of you are awesome inventors! :)  So back to my question, I don't know a lot about technology, so my question was, where is the best place to start (or learn) things about technology? Like building things all by yourself, with batteries and such things. I'm a beginner in technology, I only know some programming on computers, and a bit about how computers are build, but that's all! I hope someone can help me! :)

Thanks In Advance! :)


One of the best places to start is here! Have a look for any projects that you like and just give them a go. I got started by collecting old electronic stuff from the dump and soon had a collection of all kinds of interesting components. You will soon find that you have a collection and can do all kinds of stuff...

I would get a text book with some of basics. It will be very useful in teaching you simple circuitry.

The best way to start is just give it a go!

*Just find something you want to do and do it. If you want to do something bad enough you'll find a way to learn to do it.
*Failure is always an option but it is only a bad thing if you didn't learn something and if you didn't learn something you weren't paying attention.
*If you get stuck dig around, not just on Instructables, but the entire internet. If you're still stuck come ask here again.
*When you're done with that project do another, and another, but if you find yourself bored or frustrated with a project put it down. You may never finish it or one day the inspiration or answer you need to finish it will just hit.
*At some point start doing your own projects, your own ideas. These are the ones you will feel proudest of. These are the ones that you should try and post here.

A man much wiser and funnier than me once said (paraphrasing): Ideas are like brain crack. They're addicting and the longer you hold them in your head the more grandiose and perfect you imagine them being. You imagine crowds clapping and chanting your name but in reality most ideas are awful and just don't work so you just hold on to your ideas, scared of failure, addicted to the brain crack. That's why I try to get my ideas out into the world as soon as possible, I don't want to be addicted to brain crack.

I will recommend these great books for you:
  • Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery)

  • Hacking Electronics: An Illustrated DIY Guide for Makers and Hobbyists

  • Practical Electronics for Inventors

first of all welcome to instructables,
my advice to you to get started is to learn from the expert/known/trusted person like kipkay im a fan of kipkay and you can also learn to others get started with instructables is the best site you can get started with that's true. technology has many dimensions like computer, electronics and many more, just focus on one side of technology you can also focus on all sides/dimensions of technology but remember you cannot master them because your not focused with it , but if you only stick to one side/dimension you are focused with it so you can master it you can be called the best!. i hope it helped you.

(If you are going to pick a guru to learn from, try one that does it for the joy of sharing, rather than driving views for personal profit.)

Technology is wonderful... but it also has negative consequences that few people think about. AIR-CONDITIONING is a nice thing to have.... but... it makes us stay inside our houses and we don't go outside like people used to do on hot summer days and socialize with our neighbors anymore. NUCLEAR ENERGY can make power plants and cheap electricity.... OR really big bombs. EMAIL is fast and saves paper and does not require a postage stamp......but... it is easily monitored by dictatorial governments and is another loss of freedom. BLOGGING is fun to do and is a great invention because now EVERYONE publishes their opinions ... but now.... TRUTH has gone out the window! The same could be said for the inventions of videogames, television, automobiles, cellphones, airplanes, etc. , etc. The infamous (kook) UNABOMBER wrote about this in his book, "Technological Slavery." Which is interesting to read and he makes a valid point. Unfortunately, he hurt many people with his bombs. I love to make things and such like everyone on INSTRUCTABLES, but it is a good idea to always keep this NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCE idea in mind when you are welcoming every new invention into your life. I think it would be a good mental exercise to write down what you think are NEGATIVE and POSITIVE consequences of a list of inventions.


5 years ago

There is really only one way to get started and that is to "dig in". Find a basic project (perhaps here on instructables) that you find interresting. Then as you build it you look up information regarding the differents parts/processes that are used. (that is really the important part, because just following a step-by-step blindly will not teach you all that much - unless its a skill-based project (soldering is such a skill you really only learn by doing over and over))

I hope this gives you an idea of how to get started - and do not be discouraged by the first few attempts not turning out too well... you do not become an expert over night :-)