doesn't have to be limited to the first
two pages, you can view the whole
patent at the patent office website:
Once there, click on Search (under
the "patents" heading), then Patent
Number search, and when the text box
opens up just put in the number of the
Basic column. I realize that companies
spend quite a few advertising dollars
with you guys but, I'm really tired of
learning new and innovative ways to
blink or flash an LED or two using a PIC
and PICBasic. Are these the only authors
you can find? Or do you just ignore the
others in favor of your large advertisers?
Don't get me wrong, I mean no offense
to the YAPB authors but two regular
columns plus a project or two all based
on PICs and PICBasic
would perhaps be
better served by a magazine titled PICs
and Stamps rather than Nuts & Volts.
GETS THE ... SHOVEL
I am very glad that the "In the
I noticed the info about Diptrace.
I had no idea there was a free version.
I was doing a project that was too large
for EagleCad and I wanted an autorouter. Diptrace did the job perfectly. It seems to be a great program for
those small to medium jobs. The best
part is it isn't difficult to learn like and
will autoroute one layer with jumpers.
The only downfall is it doesn't have any
of the new pics in the library, you have
to create them.
Just wanted to say that I think the
magazine has gotten better and better
over the years when all the industrial
electronics mags that I get are getting
worse. I really like the fact that I can
now download an electronic version
that allows me to view past issues a lot
easier than digging out a paper copy.
Kudos to you for all your effort and the
great content of your mag ... and keep
the PIC projects coming too!
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that Gerard Fonte's column "In The
Trenches" was discontinued. I looked
forward to that column every month. It
was always filled with the kind of insight
that is only obtainable after having been
around the block a time or two. I was
even more disappointed to learn it was
apparently replaced by Yet Another PIC
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