Mike Stranks wrote:
ef37a wrote:I am pleased that my comment about "electricals" has generally gone down well.I am only too well aware that technical stuff can scare off the beginner but maybe that is a good thing?
Dave: I actually wrote a response about 'electricals', but out of respect for you didn't post it.
Suffice to say that I disagree with your premise.
And I think you may want to reconsider your second sentence above. Do we really
want to scare people off?
Very many people who drive haven't got a clue what goes on under the bonnet. They seem to manage perfectly well as drivers. There are no questions on the workings of the internal combustion engine in the driving-test.
Our minds might be closer than you think Mike! I had thought of putting in a car analogy but did not want to go on any longer (I know I do from t2t!) .
I would have said that I am sure we have all been driven by people who obviously have no clue about the relationship of engine speed to gear choice? They either stay "low" and rev the nuts off the motor or chugg along in too high a cog and come close to stalling.
My comment that "maybe some people are not suited to the tasks of recording?" means that people need to put in SOME effort! Two examples come to mind.
Mention Ohms Law and many run for the hills or glaze over but it is of course exactly the same level of maths as MPG (KPL?) or speed distance and time. They need to apply some effort to grasp some different quantities but the equation is simplicity itself.
The other situation is Signal Block Diagrams. I have on several occasions referred noobs to these when they have a problem routing a signal through a small mixer (or they want to do something a bit "off the wall*) Very often, back of metaphorical hand goes to metaphorical forehead and "Oh! Can't cope with DIAGRAMS!" My response varies but I will confess it has sometimes been.."Well you are going to have to b****y try!"
We have to face the fact I am afraid that some people are just lazy ******s!
*This is where a little electrical larnin' is vital. Unless they are very rich and can employ a tame tech' peeps that want to make experimental hookups or try some weird equipment combination will have to understand how to and make up the approriate cables or sometimes switch boxes. Nothing active or dangerous but simple interfacing gadgets.
It seems to be the case that the British seem to almost revel in being technical dunces? Even at high levels? I well recall a University Challenge question where none of the four participents knew that UK mains (and that of most CIVILIZED countries!) was 50Hz!