On Aug 12, 2006, at 4:40 PM, der Mouse wrote:
like I said, it's *different*. [...] When I buy a bag
of 0.1uF bypass capacitors in through-hole packages, for example, I
open the bag and dump them in to the parts drawer. When I buy a reel
of surface-mount 0.1uF capacitors though, I leave them on the reel
and store the reels in much larger parts drawers. You remove the
parts from the tape one at a time as you use them...at that level
there's no need to look at the parts themselves to identify them.
At that point, no. But that's treating the boards as build-only
designs, which makes about as much sense as writing write-only code.
"Build-only" designs? My past TWELVE designs were pure SMT except
for connectors and some crystals. Each and every one was prototyped
and debugged until working. The worst-case took ONE etch rev.
Why? Because I pay attention to what I'm doing. See below.
When you're trying to figure out what's on an
existing board, or when
you're trying to figure out why something doesn't work and it's because
you put a wrong-value part in place, markings are important.
Yeah. You actually have to pay attention to what you're doing. What
a concept. And when you screw up because you weren't paying attention,
you actually need some troubleshooting skills. Wow, another neat
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