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  • 08.21.2016
  • No one best PCB fab house
  • I now have a new email address and within weeks, I'm getting PCB sales spam from China. They will find you.
  • 08.22.2016
  • Engineers vs. journalists
  • And then there are slideshows, we all know why they are posted everywhere. Instead, I try to post articles that may have several pages, but where like items appear on the same page. Plus, add some text and not just show pictures. You might enjoy this video Journalism: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq2_wSsDwkQ
  • 08.17.2016
  • The homes of EDN
  • The EDN print collection now residing at Harvard is missing the last 12 or so issues, roughtly July 2012 to July 2013. If you have any of those issues and would like them permanently stored, please leave a comment. I'll contact you directly.
  • 08.17.2016
  • The homes of EDN
  • In August 1 2016, EDN was acquired by Arrow Electronics under it's Aspencore subsidiary. By coincidence, Arrow has offices in Englewood, Colorado.
  • 08.08.2016
  • Design Ideas editor: The dream job nobody wants
  • In EDN's early days, "Design Ideas" were not submitted by readers. They were schematics with descriptions of advertised products. A photo of the finished product accompanied the circuit description. I don't know when the transition took place.
  • 08.02.2016
  • National Instruments’ NIWeek Trifecta
  • See EE Times coverage of NI Week Top Career Tips from NI Week Panel Responds to the education question http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1330250 NI Week: Robots Dominate Innovation Awards http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1330260
  • 07.25.2016
  • Memories of EDN: A far cry from chemistry
  • Chris, Yes, the EDN print archives that were in the offices are now at Harvard. Someone gave me many issues covering 1982 to 2000, plus I have some duplicate issues that Harvard received. The episode of how the print archives ended up at Harvard is a story yet to be told, but I will tell it. The largest EDN issue was the 25th anniversary, October 14, 1981 (530 pages). We recently posted excerpts from predictions made back then. Some were way off, but some were pretty close. http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/rowe-s-and-columns/4442405/EDN-predictions-for-2006--10-years-later
  • 07.25.2016
  • Memories of EDN: A far cry from chemistry
  • Jon was my boss at Test & Measurement World from 1993 to 2002. I learned a lot from him about writing technical articles and about how to handle product presentations when test-equipment companies came to our offices with their latest wares. He showed me how to show interest in a product presentation, even when sitting through a boring talk about a "me too" product. Jon, you always considered it your responsibility to get the most out of those who worked for you. That is, you made sure we had the tools we needed to do our jobs. For example, you helped me get a new Windows 386 PC to use as a "lab" for evaluating hardware and software. I had the first Windows PC in the office. People would come by to gaze at it. Jon took it upon himself to teach others. He spent many hours with me, showing me how to craft an article. He made sure my work always was the best I could do. If it wasn't up to his standards, Jon would take me aside and show me how to make it better.
  • 07.15.2016
  • Hardware won't be enough for success
  • --Analog and component engineering is not as sexy as software-- Speaking of components: The other day, I was talking with a young engineer who works for a company making LED lighting products. We hear may claims that LED listing bulbe can last 20 years or more. Maybe the LEDs themselves can last that long, but it's the electronics in the bulb that may not. The components most likely to fail are the electrolytic capacitors.