@ 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.
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.
@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.
@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.
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