Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Teamwork Cavalcade

Talked to Hardware Partner today. After much discussion, we've decided to run with multiple small boards to steer away from Bad Joss w/r/t board layout software. There seems to be no middle ground between "I just do a board every once in a while" and "I lay out 10 boards a day in production mode". Here's a hint for all you board layout people: give me an option that says "I lay out a board a month, and I might even want to sell the damned thing - but I can't afford a $1000 expenditure for something this teensy."

Or something like that. If someone was offering me a commercial-OK license for $200, we'd all be happy. Right now, nobody is happy. How's that working for everyone?


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Encoded Message #3

F'in hellhole Eagle doesn't seem to want to route a board that isn't pockmarked with vias like a 12-year old's face is pockmarked with zits. Vias, really? You mean a board that I could never make at home?

Thanks bundles.

Looks like I'm going to have to go back to the drawing board with the test boards. Maybe I'll make a whole bunch of mini-boards with a single component on each, and have a network of 24-pin connectors hold the whole works together.

Yeah, that's the ticket.

Crap crap crap crap crap


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Encoded Message #2

General Notes:
- Damned the Eagle license ordeal.
- Auto-routing dislikes me, my board layout, and 8-channel tinkering.
- Gotta try to coordinate PCB Fab-in-a-Box with my layout, including vias.
- Effin' buddy is making progress with face-fab; I just want to get a board made.

Thanks, but no board houses need to apply (yet).


Friday, September 17, 2010

Encoded Message


- cracked the 7524
- only using two of the four of tl074
- impedance clean

Notes to self:

- tl072 x 10 (or so)
- etchant, but don't tell anyone
- have someone at house to receive fab-in-a-box


- in tune Cm7 arpeggio over three octaves
- size increase of only four pins
- damned dead arduino rears its ugly head