If you’re an electrician, student or anyone who deals with those types of technological stuff then having some sort of a electronic color-code book or a software (in this “modern age” 😉 ) can come in quite handy. As long as you can see those pretty little colors in a resistor, capacitor etc and if you have some sort of a dedicated software utility, then you can easily “read” their values.
In that case if you’re happened to be using the Ubuntu Linux then gResistor is a pretty useful little application that you electronic geeks would love to have installed :). Since I know a very little about electronics I’m not gonna say much about it.
The UI is pretty simple and straight forward. It supports reading 4, 5 and 6 bands and lets you select the appropriate colors with ease as well.
You can install gResistor in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by typing the below command in your terminal window.
sudo apt-get install gresistor
Well that’s pretty much what I have to say about that. Enjoy!.