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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ben Bradley)
Subject: Re: resistor decoder
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NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 12:30:47 EDT
Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 16:45:55 GMT
In sci.electronics.design, Oliver Dain
>I've just released GUI application I wrote that converts resistor color
>codes to values and vice-versa (the code is GPL'd). Granted you don't need
>an application to do this for you, but sometimes its handy. The
>application will run on Linux and Windows (should run on other Unixes and
>Mac OS X too but I haven't tested that). If you happen to have your
>"workshop" right next to your computer, like me, you may find this useful.
>If you're interested its available at: http://resistor.sourceforge.net/
I started on my way to learning the resistor color code when I
assembled my first Heathkit that I got on my birthday at age 8. That
would have been 1965. Ever since college I can read most resistors as
if the numbers were printed right on them. I can never remember which
multiplier is which for under 10 ohms, though.
I noticed digikey has SMT resistors priced less than leaded, and a
larger selection of SMT as well. Now that I've known the resistor
color code for decades (still useful for some things such as the wire
numbers of color-coded ribbon cable, logic analyzer probes and such),
everything is surface mount with a number laser-etched on it that I
need a magnifying glass to see. I need a digital camera that will read
those for me, as well as giving the part number so I can
cross-reference each flea, er, component to a schematic and an 8x
printout of the PCB layout.
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