Things I’d like to see in the electronics business during 2019

1. Gold is no longer used for plating solderable areas. You can read this opinion on it, and the only reason gold is still into plating is because it creates failures in time. And, sure, all those who fancy shiny things.

2. We get rid of SAC305 and other alloys that employ silver for the sole reason being selling silver.

3. Bismuth stops being recommended as the ‘green’ lead-free alternative since it’s a byproduct of lead ore and it only makes things worse.

4. Manufacturers actually deliver FOSS tools that run under linux distributions, which isn’t actually a virtual machine, nor a web browser loading a webpage or worse. 1

And in the electricity business

5. We go back to incandescent lightbulbs since eye cancer and a few watts less, mercury and non-recyclable parts doesn’t really add up.

7. Cheap, real, no-emission power such as nuclear.


  • ^1 I cannot understand how do you find it reasonable to deliver frozen versions of libraries enpacked within your own IDE (which is usually frozen stolen code from Eclipse, to which you’re not contributing either, along with ancient Gcc versions you’ve forked) since it’s the wrong way to do it and you’ll only get bugs after bugs which shall be only resolved by the method “update our static Java” because neither of you actually work in the tree of the distribution to report and prevent such bugs.

    ‘We have 10 TB hdds’ isn’t an excuse for delivering 10-20 copies of the same libraries at different versions concurrently in the same OS.

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