So, this blog, what's it all about? I actually hope you've already noticed a little bit of the main subject: electronics. Today, electronics are everywhere. Your mobile phone, your computer, your microwave, your camera, your TV, and I could continue all day long. Funny thing is, some years ago, when the first mechanical machines arrived, people started thinking: how can I modify this to make it suit my needs better? And nowadays, the same is actually happening to electronic devices.
Everyone has some electronic device, and often a whole team has spent quite some time designing and engineering your device. To make sure it actually works, specific knowledge is required. With this blog, I try to share a bit of that knowledge. To help people create their own electronic devices, or to alter existing. Control your lights with your computer, alter your wireless router so it serves as general computer, electronics is the new 'cartuning', but even cooler.
Personally, I like the digital technology the most. I love playing with FPGA's, microcontrollers and that sort of stuff. Expect mostly posts about VHDL and programming microcontrollers. And of course, a little bit of analog circuitry is quite fun too, so there'll be some posts about that too.
So, who are you?
Oh that's right, I forgot to introduce myself! I'm Lucas van Dijk, and I'm studying electrical engineering at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. So how did I got interested in electronics? Well, I must admit, it took some time. At the age of thirteen, I completed my first simple PHP website. That was one of the most awesome moments of my life, and I wanted to know more. With the years I got better at webprogramming, but also got interested in desktop programming.
After a while, I got a basic idea of how a computer worked, how desktop apps were written, and was quite good at creating websites. But I always thought it more as great hobby, and not something I was going to study in college. So when high school was over, I actually started with mechanical engineering. But after a few months, I was like, nahh this isn't it, and didn't continue with mechanical engineering. I switched to electrical engineering afterwards, and that is the best choice in my life till date.
With electrical engineering, you learn how a computer works, you learn how to communicate with and without wires, you can alter sound with specific circuits and lots of more awesome stuff. I discovered that electrical engineering is the field were my passion lies, and I try to share that passion and knowledgde with this website.