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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Not a college course
Max The Magnificent   8/22/2013 10:44:11 AM
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@Tsantes: I still have my original Weller soldering iron that I got in the 1970s and use it today more for home projects than electronic ones.  Thanks for the memories...

My pleasure -- now you hav eme thinking about how many soldering irons I've been through over the years -- in fact I just purchased a new one last weekend at the Huntsville Hamfest I attended -- I purchased a LED cube kit that was very specific about soldering at 350C with a temperature-controlled soldering iron -- just a little later I saw a really good deal on (you guessed it) a temperature-controlled soldering iron :-)

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Re: Not redundant...
Max The Magnificent   8/22/2013 10:40:13 AM
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@betajet: Checking one's own work for typos is highly unreliable.  Sometimes I can look at what I wrote any number of times, and what I read back will be exactly what I meant to write, which my brain substitutes for what's actually there to save image processing.

It's always better to get someone else to check one's work. When I had my own company, if we were creating a brochure or poster or something for a customer, the final stage was for us all to sit round the table reading it aloud and disecting it comma by comma.

Speaking of which, one of the best techniques if you do have to self-check is to read it aloud .. that actually helps you to find things like "the the" and also to realize where you have a superflous comma (or where you could do with a comma).

Having said all this, whenever I get one of my books back from the publisher, I've found that I can open it on any page and start to reda nd slap my head and say "D'oh!" LOL

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Re: Not redundant...
Max The Magnificent   8/22/2013 10:35:41 AM
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@Curie_US: These clowns get the big bucks to publish these periodicals.  They SHOULD BE perfect!!!!!

a) I like clowns :-)

b) I dream of getting big bucks :-)

c) My mom thinks I'm perfect :-)

Tsantes
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Not a college course
Tsantes   8/22/2013 8:59:32 AM
Hi Max. Just read your post and the string of comments.  When I got my BSEE in 1968, soldering was something we spoke about, but did not do.  Up until my first engineering job, I never really knew the proper way to solder.  It was not taught at my college. Somewhere along the way I picked it up, though.  I can still remember the "cold" solder joints and the flux-ladden boards early on in my experience.  My practical training came from watching a bench technician change bad components out.  It doesn't take long to figure out how to do it well. I still have my original Weller soldering iron that I got in the 1970s and use it today more for home projects than electronic ones.  Thanks for the memories...

betajet
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Re: Not redundant...
betajet   8/22/2013 12:27:56 AM
Checking one's own work for typos is highly unreliable.  Sometimes I can look at what I wrote any number of times, and what I read back will be exactly what I meant to write, which my brain substitutes for what's actually there to save image processing.  The simpler the error, the harder it is to spot since I spend most proofreading time on tricky words and making sure it's the case that my text has its apostrophes correct.  However, if you searched all my comments for "the the" you'd probably find a bunch.

The most embarrassing is making a mistake when pointing out someone else's mistake.  When I do so I expect a wry comment and usually get one.  So I'm extra careful and follow Polonius' advice: "brevity is the soul of wit".

I'm really glad eetimes.com now lets you go back and edit, since I often see something in the final formatting that I missed in the editor.

Curie_US
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Re: Not redundant...
Curie_US   8/21/2013 2:43:12 PM
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MAX!, You've got it all wrong..... I want the spellcheckers (human & machine) for the PROFESSIONAL writers, editors, etc.  Let us peons be content with our mistakes.  It makes reading these blogs more fun.  HEY!  These clowns get the big bucks to publish these periodicals.  They SHOULD BE perfect!!!!!

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Re: How to Solder
elizabethsimon   8/21/2013 2:38:33 PM
@robertthegreat: have now met my match with soldering QFNs with large backside copper pads, but I know the basic principle here -- heat the object first, then allow the solder to flow.

I have successfully soldered a qfn using the technique shown here


http://store.curiousinventor.com/guides/Surface_Mount_Soldering/QFN/

the keys to success are to apply flux, apply heat and wait patiently for the solder to melt. The first time I tried, I didn't wait long enough...

At my age a microscope or some such is necessary to see what I'm doing.

 

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Not redundant...
Max The Magnificent   8/21/2013 2:06:21 PM
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@Curie_US: Well, MACKS!  IF Ur UBM Blog Post area provided a spellchecker, then these little gaffes wouldn't occur...

But I thought your main contention was that everyone relied too much on technology like spell checkers, and it would be a good idea for us all to understand spelling and grammar and check our work (LOL)

Curie_US
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Re: Not redundant...
Curie_US   8/21/2013 2:01:57 PM
Well, MACKS!  IF Ur UBM Blog Post area provided a spellchecker, then these little gaffes wouldn't occur U no wot i meen????

Max The Magnificent
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Re: How to Solder
Max The Magnificent   8/21/2013 1:21:33 PM
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@robertthegreat: ...but I know the basic principle here -- heat the object first, then allow the solder to flow...

Well, that's certainly "spilt the beans" ... no EVERYBODY knows how to do it :-)

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