The greatest tool you have is, YOU. The processor at the heart of an embedded system is the heart and mind of the embedded systems designer. That’s what I love about the Apple II. Steve Woz took what others were already using, put his heart into it, and came up with a system that many people could love. I know that computer love is a taboo topic, but not many people can bond with a desktop these days. The Apple II offered that. A lot of the final design was because Woz wanted to be able to play ‘breakout’ on the new system. If he hadn’t had love for the system, the project wouldn’t have been as great.
I am an amateur. I love working with the embedded design process because it takes something which is bound – a computer system – and turns it into something without boundaries – the imagination of the designer. An embedded system is not necessarily dictated by the skills of the designer, but by his drive and creative imagination. Yes, my code is fat, yes my circuits are often faulty, but in the end it is my drive that makes the projects move forward.
I’m taking my passion and turning it into cash. I’ve applied for a second undergraduate degree in Computer Systems Engineering (though I may switch over to the move traditional ‘computer science’). I know it won’t be as fun getting paid for it, but eating every day will be a huge bonus.