Since it's nice out I decided to take all the junk PCBs I've been hoarding and desolder the parts with a hot air gun. It's crude but quick and effective. I just wish the hot air gun was bigger; the nozzle on our old one is only 1/2" so it takes a bit of time to get larger parts warm enough to drop off.
Parts harvested so far: a few EEPROMs, an EPROM, some microcontrollers, Analog Devices D/A converters, assorted surface mount components, assorted through-hole discrete components, and a couple dozen DIP sockets (only a couple of which I've completely ruined
Total brain cells lost: both of them
One thing I found was this Atmel chip. I think
it's a fun-to-play-with AtMega64 (more specifically an AtMega64L)
, but I'm not 100% sure if there's anything that can actually be done with it. Any of you guys have some insight? There are quite a few of these but they're kind of tedious to remove.
Here's a picture of one with a dime for scale and part number reference. (For those not in the US, the dime is about 18mm in diameter.)
I'll post a couple more artsy-fartsy pictures of the harvest later; I've still got quite a few boards to do.