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Comment Try To Collect Everythng And Hang On To It Forever (Score 1) 109

"Former Cisco CEO John Chambers says the US is the only major country without a proper digital agenda "

That's simply plain wrong.
The USA has a well defined digital agenda it goes by, whatever the collateral problems this generates.
And this agenda is contained in a simple sentence :
"We Try To Collect Everything And Hang On To It Forever"

Comment Re:Yep (Score 1) 196

>>You can't plan for this. Don't think of having your project ready on any given date. You may have just pulled those numbers out of your arse

For hobby, I'll just wait, usually. If I need the boards faster, I use a pro service, with guaranteed delay. Eurocircuits for example is good, fast, and reasonably priced here in Europe.

Comment Re:He has got some points (Score 5, Informative) 196

a good modern alternative to wire wrap for SMD components :

Used that for some very fine pitch, nice results for one-offs.

I recommend experimenting with different wire thickness and insulations (some enameling is made to be burned off when soldering, and there's an optimal diameter around 0,3mm)

"Of course power tools and alcohol don't mix. Everyone knows power tools aren't soluble in alcohol..." -- Crazy Nigel