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David Ashton
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Re: Real men work with their ARMs (sometimes their THUMBs).
David Ashton   11/6/2013 4:27:43 AM
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 @ Be ALe rt  (as they say, your country needs Lerts... :-)

I'm with you about resistors. A PCB with a big DIP processor (40 pin preferably) and some nice colorful R's and C's looks very cool.     You can get tiny cylindrical SMD resistors with the colour code on them but they are difficult to see as they're so small.  I've always wanted to build a Nixie clock in a transparent case, and include a fair number of R's and C's (even though some of them would probably be unnecessary) just for the cool look.

You're probably one of those guys who can read an E12 resistor almost without thinking.  Occasionally you see ones with non-standard values and it's like looking at a word that's spelled wrong (I have some 50Ω ones like that).  1% resistors (5 color bands) are a pain, I don't think I'll ever read them without thinking.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Real men work with their ARMs (sometimes their THUMBs).
Max The Magnificent   11/6/2013 4:20:30 AM
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@BeALert: ...the 4-7 range of resistors are just so much prettier than any other (though 2k2 and 33k do have very pleasing symmetry)

Did you see my column The Awesome Art of Bodacious Breadboards where I talk about selecting components based on their aesthetic qualities (and others agree)?

BeALert
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Re: Real men work with their ARMs (sometimes their THUMBs).
BeALert   11/6/2013 4:04:35 AM
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For a while now I have been considering changing my ways and giving Microchip a chance. The problem is it's difficult to seem cool as an engineer without unsubstantiated bigotry. I've recently been forced to start using 1k, 10k 100k etc resistors instead of 4k7, 47k 470k because surface mount has killed my argument that the 4-7 range of resistors are just so much prettier than any other (though 2k2 and 33k do have very pleasing symmetry).

Maybe I'll just start disliking puppies - it might be easier.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Real men work with their ARMs (sometimes their THUMBs).
Max The Magnificent   11/6/2013 3:35:18 AM
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@BeALert: I know I shouldn't care. But somehow I do.

You are obviously a very caring person (LOL). One thing I do like about Microchip is that they keep on producing DIL packaged parts great for hobbyists).

Also, I have a friend called Joe Farr in the UK who I respect very much. He's like a Microchip Diva -- I've chatted with him in the morning about an idea, and by the afternoon he's designed and built/populated a prototype PCB and prgrammed the on-board PIC to do whatever it was I had in mind.

BeALert
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Re: Real men work with their ARMs (sometimes their THUMBs).
BeALert   11/6/2013 3:28:39 AM
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I know I shouldn't care.

 

But somehow I do.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Go for flexiblity
Max The Magnificent   11/6/2013 3:27:51 AM
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@mgburr: Renesas has a board available in Asia and Europe that could be a pretty serious contender for the *duino compatible crowds.

Hey Mike -- it's great to see you here -- can you email me at max@CliveMaxfield.com to make sure I have your address (I'm working on a new notepad -- the old one "threw a wobbly" :-)

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Real men work with their ARMs (sometimes their THUMBs).
Max The Magnificent   11/6/2013 3:25:18 AM
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@BeALert: You're considering a PIC when you could go for an ARM (Arduino Due)?

From the level of writing C and pressing the "Go" button, do you really care what's under the hood? (Apart from religious reasons :-)

 

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   11/6/2013 3:22:28 AM
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@TonyTib: BTW, do you have any links to TI or Maxim PMods?  I tried finding some last week & couldn't.

Not off the top of my head -- I was looking for them myself a little bit ago -- those websites aren's as easy to find things on -- remind me next week when I'm back in the Pleasure Dome (my office) and I'll see what I can do.

 

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   11/6/2013 3:20:36 AM
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@TonyTib: So many good choices, so little time.

Tell me about it! LOL

Max The Magnificent
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Re: so many!
Max The Magnificent   11/6/2013 3:19:07 AM
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@Caleb: Are you leaving enough space for the kitchen sink?

You're the expert here -- do you think I need one? LOL

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