Some remarks about the syntax and other rules used on this site.
As little as possible upper case characters are used since they are less
easy to read.
As little as possible abbrev's are used since using the full words often
only adds 0.1 % to the total volume of the site.
Addresses are typed as internationally oriented as possible so we're not
using abbreviations like av., hl., mt., str., sq. etc.
Telephone numbers are typed with all their international access codes.
People that want to use shortcuts easily understand how to do so.
Formerly I used the full 'www.' names but I tought my site compiler
to translate 'www.' to the former and since it saves a lot of space in the
horizontal direction especially in tables I went for it, but not whole
Email addresses don't need a 'email:' in front of it, since the '@' in the
email address already is clear enough. Generally the email address is also
linked and therefore highlighted.
Address parts like street name and city also don't need a prefix.
Telephone numbers however do, since they can be regular telephone numbers,
fax numbers and BBS's. It's a shame that all those functions aren't
integrated into one number. :-(
Dates are noted as follows:
This is the second day of januari of the year 1998.
Somewhere in januari of 1998
Somewhere in the first halve of 1998
Somewhere in the second quarter of 1998
The time of the day is generally removed from emails (for example).
Editing texts from others
Obvious textual errors form others are edited out and in this respect considerable
liberties are taken. The philosophy is that a lot of the writers are no syntax
experts and won't mind to be corrected when it's in their advantage. Obviously
having a unified style all over the ChipDir makes reading it easier.
Email and other Internet addresses are kept up to date as much as possible in
order to reduce dead links as much as possible.
I'm thinking of removing all the 'signatures' of email and link all authors to
their own spot with their latest 'signatures' which that way is much easier to
keep up to date. The 'hidden' ad's in these sigs very easily get outdated...
And they distract from reading email-threads.
This site tries to be very sensitive about copyrights, but it isn't in some
respects, although it's not fully legally correct.
Email that was send to the author of this site and clearly has the purpose of transmitting
commercial info may be put literally on the site or be converted in whatever
way the author of this site seems fit (and has time to do...)
Email that was send to the author with some sort of tip or correction or
whatever and of which the truth contents couldn't easily be checked or of which
the ChipDir author thinks that the tipper deserves some credit or if he thinks
that a lot of people can be helped by the possibility to contact the tipper
may be included.
As soon as any author wishes that his contribution be anonymised (or removed
which hasn't happened yet) it's done as soon as possible (but plan to be patient
for 3 months...)
For postings on mailing lists and news groups the old USA system of copyright
is still being practised, which says that if you don't explicitly claim copyright
on your message it's used here without mercy.
Some mailing lists (like that of the ChipDir) state explicitly in their welcoming
message that your mails may be archived and used on the WWW.
The rationale for this is, that once you offered your 'pearls of wisdom' to over
200 people that you didn't know, you must have thought about your contribution.
Furthermore the editor of the Chipdir will have selected it on it's merits and
will have removed most of it's textual mistakes.
I never had any problems in this respect since most technicians know how hard it
is to get REAL info (info with insight and sometimes an emotional contents) and
appreciate that the ChipDir gives so much of it of others that they gladly
see their own inserted and perhaps even consider it an honor to be quoted in
such a heavenly body of knowledge. (..Sorry have to read this sentence back... ;-)
Not all parts in the ChipDir are copyrighted by me. The GIICM is still fully
owned by Frank Vorstenbosch (also known as Falstaff). In principle every email
is owned by whoever wrote it. And the soon to be added Russian chip data is
co-owned by Christoph Zingg.
For other parts that are contributed by companies, the copyright issue is not
relevant since every information given here is generally free advertising for
them. (Or turn it around: When they start to complain I would suggest that I
might remove all hints to their existence from the ChipDir. ;-)
I don't include generally accessible FAQ's in the ChipDir, but this is a storage,
updating frequency and statistics issue.
Oh and there is no copyright on factual data like company addresses, URLs,
interface definitions etc. There is copyright however on compositions of data
and possibly also on spelling and spelling mistakes etc.
Burke, Gray Craeger and I have a kind of agreement to copy each others URL
data by the way and therefore (besides that we respect each other immensily ;-)
we link to each others site. But finding the time to do the actual copying is
most prohibitive. :-(
OK, this text is copyrighted! And don't ever mention to anybody ever that you read anything interesting on this site! Don't quote anything from this site on mailing lists and news groups! As soon as you give this excellent site any free publicity my pack of bloodthirsty (haven't been fed for over a year) corporate lawyers will track you and hunt you down!Just kidding of course...
And corporate lawyers have mothers too! I think. (Unless they have sold them of course.)