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  • 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.
  • 07.23.2015
  • Bell, the opera!
  • Bell was here, so was Marconi. Bell developed his telephone here in Boston, though the actual site is gone, now called Center Plaza. Marconi has a beach on Cape Cod named after him. There is a monument recognizing Bell somewhere near Boston City Hall. I'll have to look for it sometime.
  • 07.05.2016
  • PCB assembly & test problems
  • Because parts are so small and so much is embedded in code, we're seeing fewer "tinkerers." Same goes for cars. Instead, the "tinkering" is at a higher level, using modules instead of individual parts.
  • 06.27.2014
  • Don't major in CS: 5 reasons why
  • Ransom, I visited WPI last week to interview professors. The incoming class of 2020 will, for the first time, not have mechanical engineering with the most students of an intended major. CS has moved to the top. There are more jobs for programmers than for hardware engineers, and you don't need as much math to get there.
  • 06.17.2016
  • Why are 19-in. racks that size?
  • "As usual in wikipedia I not sure of anything, but ..." That's why I don't like to cite Wikipedia as an information source.
  • 06.16.2016
  • Honoring the late analog great Bob Pease
  • “I was a fresh college grad when Bob helped me by thoroughly editing my first application note." I would really love to see what Bob did to the draft of that app note.
  • 06.16.2016
  • Honoring the late analog great Bob Pease
  • I have some EDNs from the 1980s and 1990s that I've been looking through. As I do, I'm keeping a log of articles by Jim Williams and Bob Pease. Bob was listed on the masthead as a contributing editor.