My name is Joe and I am a sampleholic...
I'm not talking about Costco samples either. I mean the hard stuff. The hardware stuff. It started out with DIPs and PLCCs and then moved on to SOICs and TSSOPs. I finally had to admit a problem when I started sampling QFNs and BGAs because I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO FREAKING MOUNT THESE THINGS.
I haven't actually used a quarter of the stuff I've received. Some of it is beyond my ability to use. But it's hard to pass up a 100msps ADC when it's offered and I know that in theory I could possibly use it someday, especially if I work a little harder on my CPLD design and teach myself some Eagle CAD so I could make a board that actually runs at these speeds and allows for surface mount components. It's not going on a breadboard anytime soon, that's for sure.
But maybe that's rationalization.
So I find myself struggling with addiction, talking to total strangers on internet bulletin boards for support. I fear I will have this addition for the rest of my life. If it's not one thing it's another. Just when I finally got myself free of compulsive collecting of Dr. Who serial novels now sampling has raised it's ugly head in my life.