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Hi, I'm Rich Quinnell, engineer, writer (threatening to become novelist) and also editor of EE Times' Industrial Control Designline and EDN's Systems Design Center. In my spare time I still review plays (part time drama critic) and still find time to dabble in circuit design for fun.


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  • 06.21.2012
  • 5 Engineers: What’s your favorite joke about engineers?
  • Just found this blog, so can't enter the contest, but my favorite is: The engineer, physicist, and mathematition were all at a conference hotel, and each woke up to discover a small fire had started in the carpet beside the bed. The engineer ran to the bathroom, filled the ice bucket with water, and doused the fire, although making a mess in the process. The physicist used a pocket knife to excise the burning part of the carpet, brought it to the sink, and poured a glass of water on it. The mathematition went to the bathroom, turned the water on, then off, and got back in bed saying "a solution exists."
  • 06.09.2012
  • Can you beat these bagpipe jokes?
  • then there was the scottsman who, on returning from a trip to NYC, was asked how he liked the trip. It was terrible, he said. All night long there were people yelling and pounding on the walls and door of my roon. What did you do about it? Nothing, I ignored them and went back to practicing my pipes.
  • 04.12.2012
  • Who has the lowest power MCU?
  • On Microcontroller Central we have been talking about the possibility of the industry creating a benchmark for measuring power in the wake-act-sleep kind of activity that wireless sensor networks and numerous other applications require. Check out the discussion at http://www.microcontrollercentral.com/author.asp?section_id=1741&doc_id=242506& and feel free to add your thoughts.
  • 03.01.2012
  • What does an engineer do, anyway?
  • Long time back I wrote a column for EDN News on what does an engineer really produce, and the answer was "documentation." We may think we're making computers or lasers or spacecraft, but in reality our job is to produce the documentation that allows others to fabricate these things. All the experimentation and testing and prototyping is for the purpose of ensuring that the documents we produce describe a functional device that will result from following the fabrication and assembly instructions. Much of the fun, of course, lies in conceptualizing, implementing, and testing our design ideas before creating the documentation, but it is the documentation that is our real product so make sure you give it the effort it merits.
  • 03.16.2012
  • Lost in time like tears in rain. [pause] Time to die.
  • My family photos are fading, the negatives are getting scratched and dusty, the slides are slowly becoming transparant, losing blue first. At least the digital image doesn't decay, only the storage media. If needed, we can always copy the images to a new storage medium as formats and technology change. Making sense of all this stored information, on the other hand, is a challenge no one has an answer for yet.
  • 03.16.2012
  • Lost in time like tears in rain. [pause] Time to die.
  • I thought that was Edward G. Robinson, asking specifically for "light classical" as his death-theme music. Yes, it is sad to think there may come a time when Earth's beauty is as forgotten as that of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which once were a wonder of the world. Let us hope that we're wise enough to never let that happen to our home.
  • 01.19.2012
  • New Microcontroller Central website – changing the world bit-by-bit
  • It might have been a temporary glitch, or perhaps you are missing something on the profile that is listed as "Required Information." Try again and see if you can get in. In the meantime I'll check with the webpage programmers and see if there is something they need to adjust. - Rich Q, EiC, Microcontroller Central