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'MicroChip Seminar!'
1994\06\26@121246 by John Johnson

It was great.  If you havent gotten to go to it and its still comming to
your city GO!  I got tons of loot from them.  New data books, EEPROMS,
and a $100 programmer whith $30 of chips in it and another one of those
niffty litle screwdrivers(that i always loose).  They also gave me a free
copy of there MPASM.EXE and the manual to it.  It was really
interesting to hear about their new products that they are comming out with.
Plus I learned  a lot about their product line.  All of my local venders
where there too.  I talked to all of them and sucked up really hard(they
did too).  I got them ALL to send me samples of teh whole product line.  
Pioneer already sent me the entire set(seminar was WED).  I have a
EEPROM of everything: 54,55,56,57,64,71 and the EE 84.  Plus she also gave
me two of each of the OTP's.  For $100 i got 10x what it cost me to go.

1994\06\26@140515 by dthomas

Wow!  So how do we find out if it's coming to a city near us??


1994\06\26@184944 by michael.blyler

    Companies like Microchip and Maxim are generous, and they bend over
backwards to treat little guys (onesy-twosy quantity users) like us just
like they do their large quantity consumers.  We should not abuse that
all-too-often-missing respect by being pigs.  I say this with no venom
toward John.  I used to be EXACTLY the same way.  I've been to many
seminars (including this one), some free, others for cost.  Distributor reps
are happy to give samples, especially if your project might lead to volume
purchasing, but they do have finite sample budgets.  They would rather give
a sample to 10 different developers than give one guy 10 parts, and two
years later have nine of them still be on his shelf.  I've been told by
several to ask for what you really need when you really need it, but don't
get parts just because you can get them.  Remember, we're all in this
together.  Abuse of generosity leads to less generosity.  We have to give
respect in order to get it.  Don't kill the goose for us all.

    As for the seminar itself, it was good, but I thought something was
missing.  The presentation only had one viewgraph showing the architecture
of the PIC processors, and very little discussion of their Harvard
architecture implementation.  I had the feeling that I must have been the
only one in the room who had never written a PIC program before, and that
the seminar was more intended to show new parts to current users than to
introduce users of competitor parts to the PIC.  Coming (NOT comming) from
Motorola 6801/05/11 programming, the PIC seems a bit strange.  I know it's
just a matter of digesting the material in the data book and getting a PIC
program under my belt, but I was surprised that the seminar "loot" did not
include a PIC software programmer's reference/guide.  A thirty minute
discussion of the architecture, registers, and instructions would have saved
me a lot of time getting started.  I second John's opinion, though, that the
seminar is well worth the price of admission.
In message Sun, 26 Jun 1994 12:12:45 -0500 (CDT),
 John Johnson <>  writes:

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