Hiyya Dennis well mate you will not get smacked down in here unless you do something really pretty ordinary or nasty.
Sounds like you have a lot to offer and myself I have mucked about with electronics since I was about 8 and computing only for the last five years and then only seriously in the last two. I reckon if you can stand being wrong a few times here and there and can take advice without offence then you will / can fit in anywhere.
But like I said my last forum I got sick of the belligerent attitude of a lot of them and well ended up here quite by accident and have met a lot of really nice people and it has also given me a much different attitude towards Americans who seem to be portrayed a lot as loud mouthed and cocky - but as I have found nothing could be further from the truth. I know this now because a good friend at work has done a lot of traveling over there and she always says the common impression is just not true.
Plus I have very particular friend who I have come across in SF that I may never have known ever.
I know some Aussies who are really quite obnoxious and then some that are real nice people. Being English by birth I do get a bit fed up with the bad mouthing of the English but I suppose everyone is entitled to their opinion eh? and there again I know some pretty obnoxious English folks too so good and bad in all eh?
Anyway we are a bit off topic - oops