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  1. Hi, all. My name is Matt and I am a hobbyist and also an electronics technician by trade. I own a Digilent Analog Discovery w/BNC adapter board, and a Nexys2-1200 w/parallel LCD, also from Digilent. I use TINA and Waveforms, and have the Analog Parts kit and Mastech DMM in your product line. I have worked through most of Real Analog, and all of Real Digital, and have both Digital Design books by Haskell, and the FPGA book listed on your website. I have used your products and worked through so many of your materials and recommended books because as I have tried each one, I have found it to be a top notch quality resource. My personal favorite *BY FAR* is Real Analog. I do not know the instructor's name, but kudos to that man for clarity of instruction. I have learned much from him. Give him a raise! I list all this out to give you a bit of background on me before I say this: Please continue making educational materials. Your Analog Discovery product is awesome, but it was Real Analog that elevated me as a technician and budding engineering student and made me want MORE. Real Digital was good, too. There are tons of "entry-level" educational materials on the internet, but they all share a common lack of depth and mathematical rigor. Real Analog was a massive breath of fresh air. As someone who has a casual understanding of calculus, and no idea what a differential equation was when I started Real Analog, I was impressed at the depth of material and simultaneously the ease of learning that the program provided. It made me Google and Youtube things like "Complex Impedance" and "Phasor Diagram" and "Solving Differential Equations", something I had never done before. For the marketing folks here, I would emphasize the value in having educational materials using your products, akin to the Real Analog-Analog Discovery dichotomy. Make a program teaching microcontrollers (with rigor!) using your ChipKit products. Make a digital course using Basys or Nexys products (or either/both!). That's why I got Haskell's books with my Nexys2, and also why I bought Pong P. Chu's book instead of another FPGA book. I had a lab in my hand that the *book used*. If you build it, they will come; and buy the accessories, to boot. P.S. Thanks for everything your company has done. You're awesome, and I recommend you to every amateur, student, hobbyist, ham radio operator, and some professionals that I know.