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    Default Top 10 Mistakes by beginners

    Hi guys i thought it would be good if i make a slideshow displaying the top 10 mistakes so that 90% of our queries are automatically answered by it , please add to the list and we will choose top 10 ...

    1. 9V battries for running Motors ( Wrong Batteries )
    2. USB to serial and then a cheap serial programmer
    3. Not Reading the Datasheet ( this is the absolute source no matter what anyone says )
    4. Trying to take giant leaps without knowing how to crawl


    please add to the list
    Last edited by vikas; 07-27-2010 at 06:55 PM.
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    MY contribution :

    5. Giving up even before starting.Not searching before asking. Too lazy/unmotivated/arrogant to do any groundwork/homework. E.g. just look at their language, they are too lazy/"busy" to even write words like What, please etc.. :/
    6. Trying to save money at all the wrong places.e.g.Trying to make programmers that cost ONLY Rs.300/- and wasting months on troubleshooting them and then buying a Rs. 18k/- cellphone instead.. (thats probably vikas's point 2.)
    7. Forgetting the basics and looking for very advanced answers for their novice questions. This comes from the illusion of knowing it all!!!

    The biggest mistake an average novice does is to think that any circuit diagram from the internet and code without the knowledge of its working or the information of the components involved will take just a matter of weeks to materialize into an actual working project without any problems. And that is the main reason why they panic when the deadline approaches and they have no clue what went wrong where.
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    :: Using stepper motors for Robotic arms
    :: Using ungeared motos directly to drive wheels
    :: Connecting motos directly to micro pins
    :: Buying 32 bit boards (because they are the 'in' thing) and using them to make basic line followers
    :: Believing that they will learn everything in robotics after a 2 day workshop
    :: Believing that Robotics is all about programming
    :: Buying stuff even before deciding what robot to make - like - "I want to learn how to make robots.. which Programmer should I buy?? "
    .... I didnt do it ! ....

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    @allbits: Fantastic points

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    Believing toy making is THE cutting edge in robotics.
    Just running after workshops for certification with IIT labels
    Believeing lessons from experts are only way of doing things and not experimenting out of legue
    Not using Breadboards for trouble shooting.
    Thinking textbook concepts will work out of the box.
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    fantastic point Mohit.

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    To the movie list i might add -
    October Sky
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    Writing uC programs FIRST- even without making a Robot.....
    then search for 'how to Program'
    then search for a PC with serial port..
    Then connecting the motors DIRECTLY to the Micro port pins...
    & then open a single line thread in the Forum in SMS lingo - without any details about anything...
    and give details one by one- from the 10th post onwards ( after everyone loses their sleep and some hair and someone finally blows a fuse and gets really mad)
    Last edited by docel; 07-30-2010 at 01:07 AM.
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    To the movie list i might add -
    shortcircuit

    actually I got crazy about robotics after watching this move wayback in 1990s.


    My addition to the pitfalls
    1) poor soldering skills
    2) asking for ready to use code and circuit over RI forums



    Asimov
    Last edited by asimov_18; 07-30-2010 at 01:23 AM.

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