January 22, 2017
// Me: So going back to how everything started with you, there's been a sort of a history with electronics enthusiasts to be pulling apart stuff and always be sort of interested in seeing how things work. How did it all start with you? Did it start like that?
// Dave: Absolutely. Pretty much before I can actually remember the first time, like four or five years old or something, I was, yeah, I was taking stuff apart, taking the TV apart, taking apart the radio, taking apart, this is before we had any real gadgets which we take for granted these days. There were TVs and radios and other things. Maybe a little electronic toy. I'd get an electronic toy for Christmas. First thing I'd do is take it apart. That's how it started. My parents got pretty sick of it.
// Dave: They thought, no, we've got to stop him taking everything apart. So they got me the Tandy 50 in one kit, if you remember those. Tandy / Radio Shack, you know the ones with the spring terminals?
// Me: Yeah.
// Dave: Yeah, yeah. It was a wooden box with all the spring terminals on top. And you had individual resistors, capacitors and transistors and a light bulb. I don't think the first kit had an LED in it.
// Me: And also I think they had that integrated circuit, didn't it.
// Dave: They had the integrated circuit. It was a SIP package, it was a single in line package, and I thought that was the most advanced thing I'd ever seen in my life. And they had the internal diagram if I remember properly. And it had like four transistors in it. It was like just a little transistor array that you could hook up and-
// Me: Those are the days, weren't they? I can remember that.
// Dave: Ah, that was great.
// Me: And losing those ... The spring terminals would just suddenly sort of flick out sometimes and-
// Dave: I don't think I ever had one flick out.
// Me: Okay.
// Dave: No, mine were pretty good. Yeah, I've still got my 200 in one kit. I don't have my original 50 in one kit. I'm not sure what happened to that-
// Me: Yeah, probably scavanged for parts.
// Dave: Still got the 200 in one. I plan to do a video where my little boy, Sagen. Yeah, we're going to do a video of us just using my original 200 in one kit.
// Me: Fantastic. Look forward to that.
// Dave: Yep.
// Me: Absolutely.
// Dave: That's a lot of years ago. Their service still works. Not much can go wrong with the parts on it.
// Me: So what were some of the things that you made in the early days?
// Dave: Test gear, a lot of it was test gear because that was what was in the electronics magazines, Electronics Australia. That was the main one. And to buy your own test gear back in the day it was expensive, so you built your own, and that was one of the most popular projects in the magazines was build your own test gear, mostly test gear. The fact that you didn't have other projects to use your test gear on didn't matter much, it was just-
// Me: You made some test gear. So later on your career, what are some of the projects that you really got a kick out of it?
// Dave: Sadly speaking, my professional career was pretty boring. Yeah, I was like a regular Joe Bloggs engineer in a big ... Mostly large companies working on projects that they just get canned. Like I could be working on a project for two years and it'd just get canned. It'd never make it to market. Most of them didn't. So it was either that or I was working on test gear for production and stuff like that. So there wasn't a product, it was customized bits of gear that you'd make five of for actually testing your widget in production and stuff like that.
// Dave: So yeah, it's a very uneventful career.