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The cloud of unknowing

Posted 30th June 2011 at 11:48 AM by abraxalito
Updated 8th September 2011 at 03:09 AM by abraxalito

Is the cloud disruptive?

Here's a cloud website that I consider to have tremendous disruptive potential as technology:

Datasheet Zone & DrawSCH : One stop to find datasheet,IC pinouts and application circuits & Draw schematics online for free!!!

Its potential for being disruptive innovation is so far untapped because I can discern no marketing strategy as yet. I've written to the founder and suggested having a dialogue about all the possibilities presented here. If I get a response, then I'll write more in a later post.
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    Social "schemating"
    Posted 2nd July 2011 at 02:52 PM by glt glt is offline
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    Yes and I see it evolving from 'schemating' to 'pcbing'.
    Posted 2nd July 2011 at 03:13 PM by abraxalito abraxalito is offline
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    A schematic is just a graphical representation of a netlist and nothing in the graphical representation is of any value when it comes to laying out a PCB or simulating the circuit. After you place, route, and prettify your schematic you have to repeat the entire process for the PCB layout. Watch the video and notice how little time is spent entering the data that defines the circuit compared to how much time is spent making the schematic look good. When you eliminate the labor-intensive, graphical part of design capture, you increase productivity many times over.

    Schematics date from the days of Leyden jars. Since the widespread use of computers, schematics are counter-productive. That became obvious to me shortly after I built my first PC and I haven't drawn a schematic since.
    Posted 13th July 2011 at 03:16 AM by Tam Lin Tam Lin is offline
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    Which video are you speaking of? Making a schematic look good is similar to making a document look good - more people are likely to read and understand it. What do you mean by 'productivity' in the context you've used it please?
    Posted 13th July 2011 at 01:01 PM by abraxalito abraxalito is offline
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    Your blog entry was all about Datasheet Zone & DrawSCH. You linked to their home page: That's where the video is. I suggest you take a look.

    What if you used a circuit design method that never needed to be prettied-up and where you could insert and delete components at will and never have to rearrange existing items just to make room. And what if that method could generate a netlist that matched the format required by any PCB program you cared to use? Wouldn't that be more productive regardless of how you measure productivity?
    Posted 12th August 2011 at 11:04 PM by Tam Lin Tam Lin is offline
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    I did take a look at the video - found it had no verbal explanation so gave up watching it.

    A circuit design method that needs no creativity from the designer in terms of how it presented the circuit I'd find rather boring to use. Sure - if it handled annotations intelligently that would be cool indeed. Do you have such a program? As to your final question - no, not necessarily, there are plenty of other considerations to take account of.
    Posted 14th August 2011 at 01:04 PM by abraxalito abraxalito is offline
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    I do have such a program. I wrote the first version in 1980 after I recognized the absurdity of working with paper schematics when the equivalent could easily be created, stored, and manipulated on a personal computer. As I said, I haven’t drawn a schematic since.

    I remember when the first digital computers appeared and programming was a brand new concept. Back then, you couldn’t just sit down and start coding; you first had to draw a flow chart, a schematic for the software. Fortunately, that requirement didn’t last long because programmers quickly realized that the graphical representation of the program’s logic flow offered nothing of value and was, in fact, an impediment to the job at hand.
    Posted 16th August 2011 at 05:15 PM by Tam Lin Tam Lin is offline
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    How many people run the same program as you? How do you share your schematics?
    Posted 17th August 2011 at 12:36 AM by abraxalito abraxalito is offline

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