>my brain would not stop and I actually ended up having recurring dreams
>where I was actively doing the lay out--in the dream!

Abd ul-Rahman wrote:
You haven't earned your stripes as a professional PCB designer if this
hasn't happened to you....

OOOOH Boy a truer statement has never been uttered. Sometimes
though they are not dreams but nightmares!!!!!

Robert M. Wolfe, C.I.D.
[EMAIL PROTECTED]

----- Original Message -----
From: "Abd ul-Rahman Lomax" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2002 10:14 AM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] terminology: ratsnest


> At 04:16 PM 2/8/2002 -0500, Darryl Newberry wrote:
> >I see this thread won't die so I have to jump back in for a sec....
> >
> >I'm getting old but I swear that once upon a time saw a PCB guy with a
> >vellum sheet with straight colored pencil lines drawn on it, being used
as
> >an overlay to show the from-tos. OK maybe it was in another galaxy far
far
> >away....or maybe it was in a dream.
>
> All kinds of crazy things have been done by designers. As I mentioned, I
> think that red-blue was one of those. I seem to vaguely remember some
story
> that red-blue was invented and promoted by the company that made the film.
>
> As to a manually drawn ratsnest, had I been the CAD manager, I would have
> seriously considered firing that designer. It would take a *lot* of time
to
> draw that overlay, time which could be much better spent actually getting
> the job done. The purpose of a ratsnest display is to help in placement,
> and it recalculates when one moves a part. Imagine doing a manual drawing
> and then "recalculating" the ratsnest upon moving a puppet!
>
> Computers are good at that kind of thing, people not.
>
> I did once do a drawing that might have been interpreted as being what Mr.
> Newberry described, but it only showed bus connections, an entire bus was
> represented as a single line. This was a board that had multiple buses
> running all over the place, and the drawing was essentially my reminder of
> what ICs belonged together. In that sense it functioned somewhat like a
> modern ratsnest display functions, it was an aid in a placement study.
>
> >my brain would not stop and I actually ended up having recurring dreams
> >where I was actively doing the lay out--in the dream!
>
> You haven't earned your stripes as a professional PCB designer if this
> hasn't happened to you....
>
> [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Abdulrahman Lomax
> Easthampton, Massachusetts USA
>

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