1. Introduction, and Paint as CAD

When I first wrote this I had been on this forum for about a month, and had made myself known. I've been drawing like crazy for the forums, submitted a new section for the eBook (ElectroStatic Discharge), and made a fair pest myself everywhere around here. It seems I made a big enough pest that they offered me a job around September of 2011 as a moderator.

The picture below was a joke for my mom, I wanted to show her my latest martial arts acquisition. She took it pretty much as expected, didn't find any humor in it at all. Guys fighting for their black belt test don't hold back. The picture is a bit dated, I have lost over a 100 pounds since then, and gone through a lot of personal changes. I was a blue belt in a Southern Kung Fu style, had dropped out for lack of time for a couple of years after 14 years of study, and was trying to relearn it. Unfortunately I had to quit because I felt unwelcome.


I was a practicing Free Mason and while I am still a member in good standing I don't consider myself a Free Mason any longer. I have been a lead tech for Collins Radio in Richardson, TX, which is now gone. It was originally part of Rockwell International, and then sold to Alcatel in 1990, and shut down in 2001. I was a gold wire bonder for Raytheon, I operated the machines I used to repair and maintain. Government budget cuts eliminated that job, so I'm looking around for a new one.

I was a transgendered person. I explain about it in this post. I have finished the transition and am physically and mentally a woman.

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My BBS was a dinosaur, I shut it down when an ice storm and power hits took out the old computer.

In June 2016 I had a hemorrhagic stroke that left me paralyzed on my left side, only 17% of the people having this stroke survive it, I was told I was lucky (not too sure about that statement). I figuratively woke up in 2019 ( stroke also left me cognitively impaired), and started getting my life back together (including getting back into electronics). Life is harder in a wheelchair and only one working hand but I'm figuring it out.

I am a fair technical artist (read that as I can't draw people for squat). I've come up with a tool to draw schematics using MS Paint. I use Paint for the simple reason is that it is on most computers out there, even some that aren't M/S operating systems. Since some of the computers I use are very restricted on installing software this works for me.

I am offering the package as public domain, if you can use it feel free, make changes. It is a work in progress for me, I'll keep adding changes for devices/gates as I draw them. As I come up with new stuff I'll update it here and put a date time stamp on the upload, American style (MM/DD/YYYY TIME). All I really ask is don't claim the idea as your own.

I'll also post projects as I complete them on my blogs as well as in the forums.

See ya around.

Note: Look to the top left side of the screen for the Download as the blog formatting has changed.

7/21/2019 06:49PM Added copy aids in the form of pixel dots that mark the upper left corner of a component,making the select tool easier to use. Also added EU style resistors and inductors.
7/22/2019 5:58PM General cleanup and finished adding reference pixels for symbols on symbol shapes template.
7/26/2019 Eliminated redundant Capacitor symbols and relaid out Symbol Shapes yet again.
7/27/19 Minor text addition to Symbol Shapes template. Also minor reformating of E24 Resistor Standards and Zener Standards files
2/09/21 minor updates
8/19/2021 cumulative updates some not so minor.
7/29/2021 cumulative updates some not so minor. Also updated MOSFETs in protoboard drawings (TO- 92 included)..

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