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MeasurementBlues
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Getting used to it
MeasurementBlues   2/10/2014 9:35:05 PM
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"once you'd gotten used to creating your presentations in PowerPoint, you wouldn't want to go back to not using it."

I know plenty of people who, even after learning how to use a better tool go back to the first one because it;s how they think. For example, someone in my home still uses a computer like it were running DOS. That is, I want ot open a word document, I first open Word. Same for Excel, open the app first as opposed to using the file system where you go to file you want and let the app open.

As for me, I still do most of my graphics with Windows Paint. When I need better drawing, I use the draw program that comes with OpenOffice.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Getting used to it
Max The Magnificent   2/11/2014 9:53:15 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: As for me, I still do most of my graphics with Windows Paint.

Ah, but you are the exception that proves the rule LOL. Take a look at the diagrams I created for this article on 3D ICs -- would you really want to create these using MS Paint?

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Re: Getting used to it
zeeglen   2/11/2014 10:13:26 AM
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A colleague of mine creates timing diagrams using Excel - he turns the cell borders on/off to resemble logic waveforms.  Each mini-cell column size is a clock cycle.

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Re: Getting used to it
dougwithau   2/11/2014 11:58:06 AM
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Timing diagrams in Excel. That seems a hard way to work. Have they seen this,

http://makezine.com/2007/11/29/timing-diagram-font/

A Font that makes timing diagrams. I used it in one document. It is actually pretty nice for a small diagram.

Is it Linear Tech that has a power supply design program. It is an Excel spread sheet and some macros to get the R and C values needed.

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Re: Getting used to it
Max The Magnificent   2/11/2014 12:04:07 PM
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@zeeglen: A colleague of mine creates timing diagrams using Excel...

He likes to suffer? Has he heard of Visio?

MeasurementBlues
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Re: Getting used to it
MeasurementBlues   2/11/2014 12:28:00 PM
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I'd probably still use the OpenOffice draw program. It tracks yourmouse position and thus you can get quite accurate and repeatable drawings. I used it to design shelving in my house and to make room diagrams for placing furniture. You just ahd the translet thedistances on the drawing sinto physical distances but once I kniw the relationship, the rest was easy. It beat making paper mkodels of rooms and furniture, although that worked too.

zeeglen
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Re: Getting used to it
zeeglen   2/11/2014 12:57:26 PM
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@ Doug, Max - Yeah, I know, I was surprised too, but that's the way he's always done it...

I still remember doing prelim PCB floorplans by cutting out post-it notes to the same size as ICs and circuit block estimates, them arranging them on a paper until I got all the interconnections as short as possible.  Don't laugh - it got the job done :>}

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Re: Getting used to it
DrQuine   2/11/2014 1:12:09 PM
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Sometimes, moving into the future drives you backwards.  With many of the newer Microsoft Office applications, if you open a file directly, it is read-only and cannot be modified or saved.  It is necessary to open Word / Excel first and then open the file. "Progress."

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Powerful tool for memory management
DrQuine   2/11/2014 1:19:09 PM
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"Memory leakage" and variables being written into unintended locations are common causes of programming problems. A debugging technique that I developed years ago was to surround my variables with some "0" buffer space. Viewing the memory on a display, I could see when data started to intrude into the white "snow" and attack my programming bug. It sounds like the Micriµm µC/Probe would be a powerful tool to monitor memory and provide an alert when variables overwrite program space or other variables.

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Re: Getting used to it
MeasurementBlues   2/11/2014 1:24:57 PM
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"would you really want to create these using MS Paint?"

@Max, what's the problem? Piece of cake.

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