It's official - I *hate* surface-mount junk. Too small for human beings. I'm forever bridging connections or overheating or underheating or going blind from the magnifier or ... well ... you know. SMT is for ROBOTS.
I can't be alone.
So ... somebody, SOMEWHERE, must make adaptor modules that provide good SOCKETS for the various kinds of SMT chips and send the leads to good old 0.10 DIP style pins on the bottom side. Solder the 0.10 pins into your board, press in the SOIC or whatever chip into the socket above.
Yes, I'd gladly PAY for such things ... more than a dollar too.
Aries,MillMax and a few others ALMOST sell what I'm looking for - except that you still have to solder the SMT device to the provided pseudo-DIP chip. Almost as bad as having to solder SMT directly to the board.
Sockets are the answer.
But WHERE can such things be had ?
ANY info greatly appreciated !