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  • 05.24.2017
  • IR thermometer works unattended
  • "A precise laser enables temperature measurements that are accurate to within ±1°C or ±1% of reading" -- how so??
  • 11.17.2016
  • ESC Silicon Valley: Be creative by goofing off
  • After 40+ years in this business starting with fixing broken stuff before moving to designing stuff that's difficult to break, I'd say that knowing what does and doesn't work is handy but the real trick is knowing why. That's not prejudice, it's hard-earned experience and should always temper new design. Otherwise I absolutely agree with Stephens' key statement regarding stuff your brain with as much potentially useful info as possible then back off awhile, which is not easy in today's time-to-market driven environment but (in my head anyway) forms a vital approach to solving intransigent problems of any order...
  • 07.17.2014
  • Still made in the USA
  • So the relentless drive for ever-greater efficiency has finally robotized one of our industry's finest commentators: "Paul Rako is an engineer *that* writes and a writer *that* engineers..."? Got your EDN style manual to hand??
  • 11.25.2013
  • Round up: PCB design software
  • Try the power of Pulsonix from the original developers of what became Zuken's CADSTAR and the authors of EasyPC - now in its 8th edition, Pulsonix continues to impress with command/menu structures that are (mostly :-) truly intuitive! www.pulsonix.com
  • 11.04.2011
  • School daze: Do you need a degree to be a real engineer?
  • From my 36 years working in our industry in various capacities including hiring people, I know that raw enthusiasm coupled with sufficient intelligence and the will to persevere will always outplay someone who goes to college because it's the thing to do. College will help someone who has these attributes, but in itself a degree is next-to-worthless without them, and there really is very little that you cannot teach yourself -- even differential calculus. The biggest practical difficulty is likely to be not having the kit that you need to further the kind of hobby interest that EDN describes in today's super Ham Radio article. The key problem today is that employers almost invariably employ human resources people who inevitably use a tick-box approach to job applicants, and actively look for anything that justifies excluding someone being invited for interview. This is not naked cynicism -- a close family member is an HR officer and instantly recognizes the truth here. It was not always so -- employers who were willing to take a risk on people are responsible for my happy and privileged career, along with many individuals who are equally if not far more successful!