I enjoy experimenting with all kinds of electronics but it's time to upgrade some reference books. My IC ref manuals and books are 10-20 years old, CMOS, TTL, microprocessor, Motorola, Signetics, etc. I especially enjoy the manuals with pin layout, specs., and typical application ckts. I also have experimenters books for the 555, and other similar type books. Can anyone recommend replacements for an old, tired library that's more up to date with specialty ICs for control, interface, RF, telephone, surveillance, etc?
I was in Alaska at the time. Not a salesman in sight. A wholesale TV parts house got a couple copies in, with their SK cross-reference books. I had never worked with CMOS, so I gave them the $10 they wanted for it.
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I\'ve got my DD214 to
Yep. I never paid for a single data book in the 1970's. The covers usually had a price of some sort, but that's mostly for declaring its value during customs inspection.
When I asked for price, data, and delivery, I usually received a large box of data books (usually missing the data sheet I wanted). When I later asked about some other part, another box of data books would arrive. Every engineer and most managers in the company had data books. I also had a duplicate collection at home so I wouldn't have to drag any books back and forth (usually forgetting to bring them back). My guess is that at one point, I had perhaps 20 linear feet of semiconductor and IC data books. Many of them were duplicated later editions because these later printings would drastically reduce the amount of data on obsolete components, which I was still using. When I changed companies, I had to haul off roughly two heaping full size pickup truck loads of catalogs, data books, and pollution to the dump each time.
I won't go into microfiche and film strip catalogs. It brings back fond nightmares of endless searches and unreadable paper printings. Such things are best forgotten lest they rise from the dead.
What was interesting is that I rarely used the actual data sheet. What I wanted were the applications circuits and test circuits that I could steal. Why waste energy designing something that can best be copied out of an applications manual? I soon discovered that such plagiarism had its limitations, but it kept me going for many years and rationalized my keeping the ancient books for so long. The manufacturers eventually figured out how it worked and published entire "steal this circuit" books.
If you're going to collect data books, make sure the shelving can handle the weight:
This is the what happens when my do-it-thyself shelving collapses under the weight of a double row of books on the top shelf. It literally peeled the rails off the drywall. The books are not visible in the photo but landed to the left of the pile, around the corner. I removed the collapsed shelving for the photo.
 Incidentally, after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, much of the damage inside my house was due to the huge pile of magazines and data sheets I was storing vertically to the ceiling. The quake knocked over the pile, and I was walking on a foot thick layer of magazines and paper all over the house. I later discoverd that the weight of the magazine and paper pile had cracked the plywood sub-floor and was slowly ripping the floor away from the adjacent walls. After cleaning up the mess, I vowed not to collect that much paper again.
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