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( Hardware means so many things ) It sounds like you are asking about chips and connectors... Here, DigiKey and Mouser are the best organized ( good filter / search engine ) - least expensive. RS may be the better bet elsewhere.
Several board houses will make prototype boards reasonably. ( Note, I've only done small stupid boards and their free layout software wasn't very painful. _For small boards. )
Of course, if you want "metal and bone" I suggest McMaster Carr and the slaughterhouse.
I mean, I'd say we are a bit like locusts when we descend on a city and gentrify it.
But any group with disposable income will do that. Developers aren't unique to that. If anything what's unique about us is the *companies* that spring into existence and create economic bubbles around them.
It's not really the developers, but due to the dynamics of say, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, we expand and descend in swarms along with them.
If anything it's the tech companies, not the workers that cause the problems NYT is complaining about.
When I was growin' up, I was the smartest kid I knew. Maybe that was just because I didn't know that many kids. All I know is now I feel the opposite.
I have next week off to catch up with all those jobs I can't find the time (or reason to do!), I have two robot vacuum cleaners to fix, a P-Bass that needs a new nut, a Robot I am building that needs some coding doing for it... Sleep, watching random stuff I have downloaded / recorded catching up on reading (I am on a bit of a William Gibson kick at the moment)
I thought telephone tennis is where you keep missing each others calls?
Not sure how you can miss a text message unless you have an app that deletes unread messages after X minutes.
I have a very strict work policy about responding to questions/problems... never respond... too often people ask for help when they don't really need it, rather they just can't be bothered to solve it themselves. With my policy, eventually people stop asking, and surprisingly the job still gets done
I ask myself if my inability to know if I am functioning at a high level is a result of plain-old-ignorance, or:
c false modesty
d true modesty
e fear of being revealed as incompetent
f lack of awareness
g repressed memories of trauma when my self-confidence was revealed as
3 a defense mechanism used to mask insecurity
h a general aversion to "pride" resulting from somewhat Calvinist upbringing
i awareness of too many possible factors to meaningfully figure out which factors are operational
Right now, I'd say "i"
However, this self-evaluation could be explained as a form of denial: to say there is a simple reason is, a fortiori, to suggest an intolerable reality where I am not as sophisticated as I am ? Ergo, as Walt Whitman said:
"Do I contradict myself ?
I am large,
I contain multitudes."
I must disagree with Kierkegaard's statement: "The most common form of despair is not being who you are." I think despair is experiencing yourself as who you have manipulated other people to think you are.
A thorny problem of recursive self-consciousness here: to what degree would high level functioning involve awareness of the fact of high level functioning ? If you are seriously interested, I refer you to the work of Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on "peak experience," and "flow" [^]
«Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?» T. S. Elliot