@antedeluvian : There is a new Android app that will allow you to setup any voice commands you would like and it will automatically send the command to the instrument (as long as the instrument has a sockets server, and most do). It should work with both Linux and Windows-based scopes. It's called "Instrument Talk". The free version is more of a way to try it to make sure it works before you buy the paid one, but it's only $4.99. A lot less expensive than a foot pedal, etc...
Well I am partial to SprintPCB by Abacom. It is very easy to use, well supported by the supplier, has features that cost big bucks from the big boys (and some that are not on high cost programms) but it's cost is modest. They have a companion schematic capture program and a real nice front panel design software.
I think that the next choice would be DipTrace which is a medium cost program (PCB/Schematic). I think that they have a free version that may be limited by size and number of connections. Very similar to OrCAD Capture for Windows but much cheaper.
Other options include DesignSpark PCB which is free but has a steeper learning curve.
I have a Tek handheld DMM, two Extech handheld DMMs, and an original HP34401A. I also have one of the Oscium iOS scopes (new 2-channel version, http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1320087) and I really should write a review of it.
A little off topic here but since was have some scope users. I'd like to compile a slideshow showing unusually to mount a scope, DMM, or other kind of equipment. I store an old Tek DMM on the wall with a couple of screws and I should really get some hooks to store an HP34401A DMM. If I actually had a scope like the Rigol with a handle, I'd get some hooks and hand it under a shelf above my work area.
So, If you have any photos of how you mounted test equipment, please send them to me at email@example.com. Thanks.
We needed something to align motion encoders. Needed two analog channels and also to see a digital pulse. Most 4 channel scopes and mixed signal scopes were out of the budget. The Rigol 1042D fit the bill nicely and later got a second one, the updated 1052D. In 5 years, there was only one problem which required replacing the front end board. Luckily it was under warranty. Bought it through Saelig.
@Javi: "Well, if you come to Pamplona and need a scope..."
Perfect! Same to you if you ever drop by Barcelona. I think it is less cold and less rainy here these days, specially today ;-).
50/70MHz is not such a 'big' bandwidth, in fact it is rather limited for most things I'd like to do. I already own a 200MHz@2GS/s TDS2024C (recovered from the trash can, almost literaly, and repaired) so in this case the DS1204B seemed to me very insteresting for people needing some more bandwidth.
Something I find frustrating in most mid-to-low end scopes is memory capacity, specially when trying to capture and decode complete serial communication frames.
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...