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70 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2022 For some strange reason that I still don't really understand, I abruptly decided to take a typing class in the eighth grade. is baffled my parents and teachers alike as everyone knew that I had absolutely no aptitude for any sort of literary or language skills. Not only was it a challenge for me to string a simple sentence together coherently, but I was (and still am) possibly the worst "spellar" in the history of writing. Honestly, and I don't think that I'm exaggerating much, I'm pretty sure I've seen a white flag pop out of the back of my computer as the spell checker admits defeat and surren- ders in humiliation. It's not just my computer either. When I ask for help trying to sound out a word, Alexa will turn a deaf ear and my wife will politely ask if I have taken up a new foreign dialect as a hobby. As you can see, it simply didn't make any sense for me to take a typing class, but I did it anyway. is was the era of the big typewrit- ers that devoured paper by the ream and had zero editing capabilities, which seems barbaric by today's standards. But to tell the truth, I got pretty good at it and scored fairly high in the typing speed tests—as long as you ignored my "speling" mistakes. However, once I finished the class, any thoughts of typing disappeared from my head as I pursued music, sports, and girls—not necessarily in that order. Remem- ber, this was still the eighth grade. Who knew that eventually the computer generation would be upon us, and that I would start laying out circuit boards on various com- puter design systems? e CAD tools didn't necessarily require the ability to type, but the Today's Preparations for Tomorrow's PCB Designs Tim's Takeaways by Tim Haag, FIRST PAGE SAGE

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