Datasheets and modern display technology
shoppa at trailing-edge.com
Sat Mar 20 08:01:22 CDT 2010
I appreciate the old databooks very much... but with bound books
keeping them open on the bench to the page you want was always a problem.
Anything without a good binding fell apart 30 years ago. Even the ones
that are well bound (e.g. the hardback TTL books from TI) don't last
forever although they were printed by the millions and are still readily
What I actually like, is having a big 23" or bigger screen at the bench
with web access to the datasheets. That's pretty decent. I can zoom the
pinout big enough that I can read it from the other side of the bench,
or I can open the pinout and the state table simultaneously in two
windows. Pretty good, at least as long as I have my glasses on.
But the screen still isn't as good as having the datasheet right there
on the bench (flat on the bench) a foot or less away from the circuit.
I wonder how a Kindle will do on the bench? Anyone drop their soldering iron
on a screen yet? The good pages in the databooks always had solder
or food or both on them, that made the good pages easier to find!
And don't bother lecturing me about not having food and solder in the
same place. We all grew up with solder when we were kids, and everyone
knows that WE'RE PERFECTLY NORMAL now that we're adults!
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