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So the hacker decided to learn more about computers on the electronic level. He asked several people who seemed knowledgeable about computers for more information. He asked his friends who'd earned a reputation as techies. He asked people in chat rooms and message boards on the Internet. He went to computer stores and asked questions from the sales clerks and repair techs there. He went to college and asked lots of questions from his teachers and fellow students. And gradually, the hacker realized that most people, even people who make a living working with computers, don't know very much about them. The hacker simply couldn't find all the information he wanted from others.

So he resolved to learn the information on his own. The hacker started a hobby project: He was going to build a computer from scratch, using pure, basic materials, not wholly-assembled components that had already been made by someone else.

The hacker decided to start with a motherboard, since that's pretty much the place where the most fundamental things happen in a computer. He started making plans to put together chips, resistors, wires, and other electronic bits to make a computer board. But then he thought to himself: Do resistors grow on trees? Do chips fall like rain from the sky? Maybe somewhere in the world there was a special kind of bush, the chip bush, where you could pick farm-fresh CPUs when they had ripened.

No, the hacker realized, he was going to have to make his own electronics as well. So he stopped thinking about motherboards and started thinking about materials, on the chemical level. What are electronics made of? Silicon, he'd heard, and copper was used for circuit board traces. Plastic was usually used for chip packages, and several basic metals like steel and aluminum were also used in computers.

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