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Comment: And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until..... (Score 1) 625

by cormandy (#44850417) Attached to: 45% of U.S. Jobs Vulnerable To Automation
I used to be a time-travelling hitman, until they came out with these robots... Um, the CSM-101s... Now I'm out of a job... Hey buddy, can you spare a dime for a fella down on his luck????

(Note to NSA: I was not and am not a time-travelling hitman. The statement was made for the purposes of humour and in no way is a confession.)

Comment: Re:Maybe it was just my youth but... (Score 2) 130

by cormandy (#43358509) Attached to: Rare Docs Show How Apple Created Apple II DOS
Pretty good for off the top of your head. Only issue is that POS is a reserved word in Applesoft. Here is your code changing POS to PS:

10 A$ = "DON'T TOUCH ME! "
20 M$ = A$ + A$ + A$ + A$
30 PS = 1
40 PRINT MID$(M$,PS,39);
50 PS = PS + 4: IF PS > LEN(A$) THEN PS = PS - LEN(A$)
60 IF PEEK(-16384) < 128 THEN GOTO 40
80 FOR I = 1 TO 1000:NEXT
90 HTAB 10:VTAB 12
100 PRINT "I SAID ";
110 FOR I = 1 TO 1000:NEXT
120 PRINT "DON'T ";
130 FOR I = 1 TO 2000:NEXT
150 FOR I = 1 TO 2000:NEXT
160 PRINT "ME!"
170 FOR I = 1 TO 3000:NEXT
180 HOME
190 POKE -16368,0
200 GOTO 30

I ran it and it works!

Comment: My 0.02 USD (Score 1) 208

In addition to the OPs, my recommendations (please excuse overlap) speaking from experience:
- A fast computer with a good widescreen monitor. Why? Much electronics work is done the computer, from circuit design, PCB design and microcontroller emulation
- If expense is no object, get a high-end electronics design package like Altium (only one that comes to mind, sorry). I use Proteus from Labcenter as it does the most excellent circuit and microcontoller emulation and is much better value for money
- Software for developing micrcontoller code
- CAD software like Solidworks or Autodesk Inventor for enclosure design
- 3D printer for printing enclosures
- microcontroller programming/debugging devices (e.g. MPLAB Real ICE) and headers
- a high-end mixed-signal oscilloscope (e.g. Tektronix MSO5000)
- a shitstorm of various voltage and current probes
- a good benchtop multimeter, e.g. Agillent 34411A
- a good digital soldering station (e.g. Weller) with multiple soldering irons of various power/sizes
- a good hot air rework station (e.g. Weller WPA3000)
- a hotplate
- *** IMPORTANT *** Fume extraction Don't solder without it
- a good desoldering station
- *** IMPORTANT *** a good stereomicroscope for surface-mount assembly (e.g. Nikon SMZ series)
- good digial benchtop power supplies (analog units can be bumped sending voltages flying; been there, done that)
- a good LCR meter (e.g. Fluke, Hameg)
- If you a doing power supply design, an "electronic load" (TTi)
- Again, if doing power supply design or mains voltage stuff, an AC power source/analyzer (e.g. Agilent); supplies worldwide voltages at various frequencies
- a good signal generator (any)
- an "electronics safe" vacuum for cleaning your bench, £M make one for printer repair which works well
- As I "hate" working from a bench, I recommend a strong and long desk (e.g. 1.8 -2m in length); Check out Herman Miller Abak
- A good chair, e.g. Herman Miller Aeron
- breadboards
- component "engineering kits" (e.g. assortments of resistors, caps, etc... both surface mount and radial/axial in a nice binder) so you always hav ethe exact component on hand
- tools: good screwdrivers, wire cutters, wire strippers, etc... heck, could go on regarding tools, but will stop...
Good luck...

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead