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  1. Ian Stirling

    Ian Stirling Guest

    Not to mention that they almost certainly look at it with a similar browser
    and plugins, as most IT departments are fairly standardised.
  2. Michael

    Michael Guest

    Chris Carlen wrote:

    There is probably mucho truth in what you say.
    My nephew, a comp. sci. major, was a C++ and JavaScript bigot by the
    time he started his third year .... until I got hold of him. I strongly
    suggested he seek out and sign up for a assembly language course for a
    tech. elective, which he did because his uncle (that would be yours
    truly) was an electrical engineer/programmer at a major mainframe
    computer company for many years. Upon completing that course - the term
    project was a 2-pass assembler - he knew what "tight" code is and had a
    better understanding of why C object so often is a beast.
  3. Ken Smith

    Ken Smith Guest

    For a while, the IRF web site though everybody was designing off line
    switchers. Everything was arranged by where it was used in a switcher. I
    would have liked it better if they based it on, lets say, where the part
    is used in an atomic clock. Others may have their own idea of what is the

    Also: Try looking for a low noise op-amp. Some makers call anything less
    than rail to rail noise low noise. Others have never heard of the term in
    their search engines.
  4. Bob Stephens

    Bob Stephens Guest

    By the same token, some manufacturers call anything that gets within a volt
    or two of the rail "rail to rail".

  5. Chris Carlen

    Chris Carlen Guest

    Saved his soul. Excellent work!
  6. My favorite is entering the manufacturer's part number into the the
    actual manufacturer's site's search window only to end up with a "No
    such part found".

    Digikey is by far the most straight forward distributor site and
    Allied is among the worst.

    And I agree, those who aggregate free datasheets and then charge for
    them are pond scum like chip docs and the other con artists.
  7. Greg Neff

    Greg Neff Guest

    On Wed, 03 Mar 2004 15:13:23 GMT, Ian Stirling
    I have been able to find some old data sheets here:

    I don't know why manufacturers don't keep old datasheets online. This
    is something I wouldn't mind registering for.

    CAPS advisor from would be nice, but the
    subscription price of US$3,275 per year is nuts. I can't understand
    why they don't offer a pay-per-use option. This would be much easier
    to justify for smaller companies.


    Greg Neff
    VP Engineering
    *Microsym* Computers Inc.
  8. Chaos Master

    Chaos Master Guest

    YD posted in , in article
    If you can, visit [using a translation tool (Portuguese ->
    English) if needed]. You will see BIZARRE links, some that link to 'file://C:\My
    Documents\Home Pages\...', so I think I need to hack into the company computers
    to get access to their C:\My Documents.

    Personally I think *all* web pages should be created with VIM! (UNIX/Linux text
    editor with port for MS-Windows - I use it for all my HTML needs)


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  9. YD

    YD Guest

    And of course they use the latest and greatest graphic WYSIWIG tools,
    view it the latest version of IE only, leaving Mozilla, Netscape and
    Opera in the lurch. They also view it over the local high speed
    network and don't seem to notice that the page total adds up close to
    a megabyte making it next to impossible for a dial-up user to get it
    all before the connection gets stuck somewhere. Or the user shrugs and
    goes somewhere else.

    The actual HTML is in the headers only, which contain a humongous
    VB-script which must load fully before anything can be presented on
    the screen, of course you need IE with all add-ons to make it work.
    I've seen this for downloading what appears to be their complete
    database for making a dynamic multiple choice menu system in the
    browser. Total waste of bytes.

    - YD.
  10. VIM is cool because it seems to be ported to almost every common (386 or newer)
    useful new machine/OS, and has some menu hand-holding capabilities. I
    use it so commonly, that I have built a special static binary that
    works even without any shared libs, yet has all of the X11 features.
    (It is a big binary, but a necessary constituent for my /bin, even in
    single user mode.) Having VIM for both Win2000 and FreeBSD (and Linux or
    Win98 when need be) makes the transition between systems alot less
    painful than trying to change modes between 'arrow key' searches
    on keyboard and 'never having to move hands from keyboard' of VI/VIM.
    (I don't like moving my hands from the 'normal' portion of the
    keyboard, and often having to search for the arrow positions.)
    One can use arrows, if one wishes, however.

    VIM has significant ability to be configured, but probably not nearly
    the level of complication of GNUemacs. When the entire VIM environment
    is available, it has some nice features, but the same binary works very well
    in a standalone environment.

  11. In Michael typed:
    He probably also got a better understanding of the simplest things, like
    what it means to cast data types. Tell him to look at the programs
    available from which are written in assembly, including Windows
  12. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    And as long as I'm whining, why do so many people use bizarre
    filenames for their PDFs?

    Try this one: it's an ATF-501P8; right-click on the datasheet and see
    the name it wants to save it under.

    (nice URL, too!)

  13. I just wish Digikey would stop using those green peanuts to pack
    everything. Like if there's a tube of ICs in there, the peanuts don't
    do any good and they have to be disposed of at the other end. Maybe
    it's a plot to drain Thief River Falls of some kind of hazardous
    waste, one peanutload at a time.

    Can't whine too much, enjoying the first outdoor ice cream of the year
    with 18°C (a balmy and sunny 65°F) temperatures.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  14. Ben Bradley

    Ben Bradley Guest

    In, John Larkin
    I thnk this very URL demonstates the (greater) problem. I get this:

    Invalid Session ID Encountered

    We're sorry, but the session ID provided by your browser is not valid
    and we cannot perform the function you requested.

    Invalid Session IDs can result due to:

    1. Prolonged Period of Inactivity

    If you leave your browser open and connected to our site but do not
    utilize the site for a continuous period of time, your session is

    2. Utilizing Bookmarks

    The bookmark you have used is no longer valid. We currently only
    support bookmarking to our homepage.

    In a few moments your browser will automatically take you to our
    homepage. You may also click on Semiconductor Products Home to go
    there now.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

    My Links

    As an alternative to browser bookmarking, you can use the "My Links"
    feature on this site. The My Links feature is automatically enabled
    when you register in one of our design centers or on Partner Portal.
    Following the registration process, a personalized home page is
    automatically created for you. As you browse through this site, you
    will be given the opportunity to create a list of favorite links,
    displayed on your home page, by selecting the "Add To My Links" button
    found throughout the site.
  15. Chris Carlen

    Chris Carlen Guest

    Now Digi-Key has switched to rolling up bags of gizmos in lengthy rolls
    of partially shreaded paper. I mean *lengthy*. No more peanuts.Have
    you received anything recently? If not, maybe you haven't noticed yet.

    Good day!
  16. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Mid 80's predicted here for the next few days ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
    | James E.Thompson, P.E. | mens |
    | Analog Innovations, Inc. | et |
    | Analog/Mixed-Signal ASIC's and Discrete Systems | manus |
    | Phoenix, Arizona Voice:(480)460-2350 | |
    | E-mail Address at Website Fax:(480)460-2142 | Brass Rat |
    | | 1962 |

    Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?
  17. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    I like Amazon; they use bags-o-air. Air is easy to recycle.
    5PM here on the Left Coast, and it's cooling off; 54F outside my
    office window.

  18. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    Great. Will somebody please explain the marketing wisdom of making
    your products not bookmark-able?

    No great loss; Agilent discontinues their semiconductors promptly
    after you design them in anyhow.

  19. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    SMILEY? Mid 80's is a smiley? Sounds like a warmup for Hell to me.

    Hey, are you involved with the OnSemi GIGA logic stuff? The NBSGxxx
    parts? Pretty fast. I might try one to feed a 2-stage PHEMT
    distributed amplifier, just for fun.

  20. Depends what you mean by "recently". Monday or Tuesday, I think.

    FAI use the air bags, IIRC.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
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