Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Josh Sully (Avatar) is the American Taliban

Dear all y'all -

I'm behind the times: I just got back from my first viewing of Avatar. One syllable: rock.

Firstly, it must be said that this film doth penetrate (er... penetrateth?) deep the heart of Chicken Freighter with its main theme of nature versus machinery. But, lets face it, I don't want to take the time to write about that, and you, Websurfer0xF2A910EE, obviously aren't going to have more than 47 seconds to read a blog entry.

So on to my Hauptanlegen: Josh Sully is clearly a representation of the American Taliban, John Walker Lindh. Heres why...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Altium Designer Polygon Pours - Turning off Thermals

I started doing PCBs using Cadsoft's EAGLE program, which I think is a great mix of user-friendly and powerful (though I must admit, when I first started with EAGLE I remember wondering why it is not intuitively structured). Migrating to Altium, I'm inclined to think in EAGLE.

When you want to fill a section of your PCB with copper (i.e. to reduce the inductance on a signal, for increased thermal conduction, or to reduce the amount of copper you are going to have to etch away in an acid bath), you can use the command poly, or  to select the polygon tool.

EAGLE Polygon tool

In EAGLE, you can activate or deactivate 'thermals' on your polygons. To adjust thermal relief settings in Altium Designer, you just have to change a few settings. Details after the jump!