To experienced tinkerers and electronics gurus, they can be a clear treasure map that leads straight to the intellectual pot of gold that awaits at the end of a project. To novices, they can be a cryptic combination of symbols that might as well be a part of the Da Vinci code. I’m talking about schematics — those wonderfully symbolic diagrams that are supposed to help intrepid tinkerers wire up circuits and populate printed circuit boards (PCBs).
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