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Weekend Wisdom and Your Workspace

Weekend Wisdom and Your Workspace
Weekend Wisdom and Your Workspace, or: What do you have on your desk? I was involved in an interesting discussion the other day about workspace cleanliness. It seems there are about three main camps (and a million smaller ones): Folks... Read more

Screaming Circuits "Teardown" Virtual Factory Tour

I make no secret of the fact that I'm a big fan of electronics. I've been around R's, C's, L's, Q's and U's long enough that the first PC boards I soldered up were hand etched by me with supplies... Read more

One Library Per Design

One Library Per Design
There was a time when I relied pretty heavily on the libraries that came with my CAD software. At first, I exclusively used what came with the package. Next, I started downloading libraries for new components from user contributed content.... Read more

Weekend Wisdom - Is the age of Gerber over?

Weekend Wisdom - Is the age of Gerber over?
I have in my bookshelf, an autographed copy of "The Inventor's Dilemma, The Remarkable Life of H. Joseph Gerber." I purchased the book, written by the subject's son, David Gerber, in early April 2016 with the knowledge that I would... Read more

PCB Assembly vs. Mondayitis

PCB Assembly vs. Mondayitis
I pulled up an older MCU and motor driver board of mine this morning. It's a project from about ten years ago that I haven't had built since 2016. It's still a nice design. In 1.3" x 2", I have... Read more

Angst and Anxiety in Electronics Design

Angst and Anxiety in Electronics Design
I've been called many things: Spock, Sheldon, weird, nerd, dork - probably too many names to list, and some not fit for print. The names aren't the point of this article, but the angst and anxiety that comes along with... Read more

30-second Philosophy - Wait or Rev Part 2

30-second Philosophy - Wait or Rev Part 2
When you sell a house, the offer they make sounds great until you realize that the big number gets a lot smaller after accounting for replacing the roof, digging out the 60-year-old heating oil tank and fixing the 80-year-old plumbing.... Read more

Quoting PCB Assembly got you down?

Quoting PCB Assembly got you down?
In five years, plenty of new chip fabs will be online and we'll be able to buy those microcontrollers again. Of course, the brand new AugInt drive chips will still be hard to come by, but what breakthrough new technology... Read more

30-Second Philosophy - Wait or Rev

30-Second Philosophy - Wait or Rev
Ever have your brain interpret what you are writing as something completely different from your intent - as you are writing it? Or is that just me? Clearly, the title of this post is meant to describe this post as... Read more

Why are we here, revisited

Why are we here, revisited
In December, 2018, I wrote the first "Why are we here?" post in this series. December, 2018 was about one year before we, in the electronics manufacturing business, started hearing about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on distant suppliers.... Read more