[rescue] Sun Kit Needed for EE Student Here
Jonathan C. Patschke
jp at celestrion.net
Tue May 2 19:45:05 CDT 2006
On Tue, 2 May 2006, Don Y wrote:
>> Depends. We run both here at $ork for logic tests and circuit CAD.
> Sure. But what did you PAY for those (software) tools?
Probably more than any reasonable person would charge for software. I
don't recall the exact figure, but it had a rather strong MEGO factor,
even for me (and I came from an IBM shop!).
> This kid's pockets are probably not deep enough for that!
> (since he's only looking at a couple hundred bucks to
> throw at hardware...)
Undoubtedly. It's a real shame that it's hard to get ahold of
limited-edition EE software for non-Windows platforms. You'd think
companies like Cadence would -want- the new blood in the industry to be
fanatical and knowledgable about their tools. It's a lot easier for
that to happen when you get the tools into the kids' hands BEFORE they
land a job.
I mean, say a kid even builds a widget and makes money from the no-cost
version of some schematic capture or board layout software. Eventually,
he'll outgrow the limitations of the software, and, if he's used to
Brand A software, he'll put the money he made towards a license of Brand
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