This is brilliant, and I think it would get more attention if they mentioned up front that it is licensed under Creative Commons cc-by-sa.
Some years ago I thought about downloading the whole of pinouts.ru (not this pinouts.org) to encode all the connectors as a database, then build an interface to it that would allow me to specify things like “cable, male DB9 rs-232-c, male RJ-45 Cisco” and get a diagram seen from the back of each connector, ready to solder the cables without the uncertainty of pinout sketches of different provenance and image quality. For instance, the side of the connector view is not always clear.
One reason for not even starting is their restrictive license. My understanding is that the facts of which pin has which function are not protected by copyright (although collections of facts are in the EU), but it would be a lot of work anyway so the uncertainty added an excuse to be lazy.
With this one there are no questions about the license, and I could even extract the drawings on the left side to SVG for instance, mark the coordinates of each pin (might be worth to semi-automate) and then have things like selecting some pins in the table at the right side, a color gets picked automatically, then a line with that color goes to the pin in the diagram. Then I could mark the pins I’m interested it at a given moment and see them at a glance.
7 years ago I did an experiment in that direction, an HTML view of the Parallella single board computer derived from their PDF, for instance this search finds labels containing USB: https://demo.sentido-labs.com/parallella/schematic/#usb
The buttons under the the input box at the top show the search results, clicking on each brings you to the corresponding page with a homing circle to show you where it is.
I love N-O-D-E’s work. He cares a lot about what he makes, and goes the extra mile to self-host it all and release it under free licences. I wish I was better at electronics to appreciate this book.
I learned a few things just browsing this. Very neat. Thanks
They can make good money with it (if they wan to), if they make the book into a ‘SaaS’ with UI widgets that’s easily embeddable into other’s websites that sell electronics components.
My current set of projects is to try to remove and replace old (‘non-replaceable’) components. Like small lithium batteries that due to age no longer hold charge ( and that makes an otherwise perfectly working device completely inoperable).
And replacing old electrolytic condensers.
I feel like small batteries, charging ports, headphone cables, and condensers should be just made replaceable from the get go.
Without that, perfectly working devices need to be thrown away.
Thanks for making it. Really amazing resource. It would be awesome if the pdf has bookmarks/table of contents for easy navigation.