Friday, November 27, 2009

Altium Designer: Smart-pasting descending net labels

some; using Altium's "smart paste" (control-shift v) you can paste just about anything in one form to another form. This works great if you want to get a bunch of net labels by using only the bus label...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Easy way to create new components in Altium Designer libraries.

Citizens of the earth:

If your life is like mine, you are trying to create new components in an Altium Designer library. Here's a faster way than punching everything in manually. A lot of this could be scripted to make it even faster...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hello (Brave New) World

My first blog entry at Chicken Freighter.

Im a PhD student in electrical engineering. I enjoy studying EE, working with electronics, and with computers. The advent of electronics gave rise to an abundance of new techniques and tools with which humans can interact with the world. In my opinion, the major advantages (or possible advantages) of technology fall into these categories:
  • global communications and mobility enables betterment of lives
  • science can probe deeper into the fabric of reality and the universe
  • lessening of dependence of quality of life on chance events
Having said that, intellectually I think computers and electronics are often detrimental to the lives of humans. These two things have all but completely engulfed modern life. Some serious drawbacks of our technologically advanced society are:
  • human unfriendly jobs: sedentary officework, harmful factory work
  • pollution and destruction of the natural world
Often the goals of technology are in fact undermined by technology. Ill get back to this later when Im not at work. Heres a pic of some goofy technology revealed by a google search for chicken freighter a la MOBA egg grading and packaging.