How to post to the AoE Comments section

Dear sirs,

I wish to know how to post articles, comments, clarifications, etc. to this section on the AoE site, not the X Chapters site.

Yours truly

Well, Yours, you’ve come to the right Post.

From the Dashboard, select Posts -> Add New.

Write whatever you wish (if it includes a reader comment, you can paste that in, select the text, and use the ‘quote’ gadget in the menu bar). Once you’ve written your Post, make sure to set the Category (over on the right) to Commentary. Anything with that tag will who up on the Comments and Clarifications page (let me know if you want that named something else – but don’t edit that page – it’s there to create an index of all Posts with the tag Commentary).

Also Yours Truly

PS – Delete this post when you’re ready to. Go to Posts in the Dashboard, hover over the title and Choose ‘Trash’, or edit the Post and choose ‘Move to Trash’ next to the Update button.

PPS – Or, if you’d like to keep it around for reference, edit it and change the Status to Draft (then click Update). That will make it invisible to viewers, but visible to you. Using Draft is also a good way to… well, draft new posts before you Publish them.

PPPS – I highly recommend using the Classic Editor over the Block Editor. You can change your default editor in your profile settings. Or when editing a post/page, look over on the right for a ‘Editor’ switching  widget.

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the Dude

June 25, 2016: Just got this letter (hey, what were you dudes waiting for?), for the enlightenment of all you achievers out there

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Adafruit Interview with Paul

On May 22nd, Paul and his intrepid side-kick Maggie took a train to NYC to visit Adafruit.  Unfortunately, Winfield, though there in spirit, had an HVAC emergency that day and couldn’t join them.  After a tour of the facilities and meeting a lot of very nice and happy people, Paul sat down for an interview with Ladyada (linked above).

You may have noticed that Limor “Ladyada” Fried, who founded Adafruit along with her partner Phil, was among those quoted on the third edition cover, alongside stalwarts such as Jim Williams, Walt Jung, and John Willison.  Given that the aim of the book is to help anyone learn the art of electronics, the authors have a keen interest in what’s happening in popular electronics and the new maker movement.  The hobbyist electronics scene had something of a decline through the 80’s and 90’s, likely owing to the rise of impenetrable manufactured electronics goods, but the maker movement has re-energized peoples’ enthusiasm for learning and building again, including and especially electronics.

That’s why we visited Adafruit and why we enjoy watching the enthusiasm that’s sown by people like Dave Jones, Sparkfun, Element14, Make, and others.  And, of course, by Adafruit, who are not just selling Arduinos and LEDs, but designing and manufacturing their own devices to bridge gaps and help their customers enter the world of making.  They provide tutorials, data sheets, and insight into the art of electronics that helps people learn at their own pace.  Whether it’s simply learning to solder, learning to build circuits from scratch, or teaching kids about electricity and setting them on the path to becoming makers themselves, Adafruit has made the hobbyist’s needs and desires their mission.  That’s really exciting to watch.

As a result, the authors were enthusiastic about the idea of visiting Adafruit and doing an interview about the book.  AoE may have started as a textbook for a university course, but it has evolved and become an essential source for anyone, from professional circuit designers to lone hobbyists, to explore and master the art of electronics.  Thanks to Adafruit for letting us share our enthusiasm for this concept with the world.

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