Outside the box

- November 12, 2012

This blog will contain information about the following topics:

  1. Analog and instrumentation electronics
  2. Power electronics
  3. Engineering and beyond (usually about engineering in relation to the rest of the social order)

Get your engineering pad and pencil.


“Proof” that the Laplace Transform is Nothing

  • 03.27.2015

Can you find the error(s), if any, in the following mathematical derivation that applies the Laplace transform? Read More...


Ode to the Oscilloscope

  • 03.27.2015

Having been a teenager in the 1960s, and with popular tunes of that decade still in my head, I offer a lyrical rewrite of one of them, with apologies to the author of the ‘60s hit tune, "Hotrod Lincoln". (“You’ve heard the story of the great car race, where Fords and Lincolns were settin’ the pace ) This ode has gone through some refinement, and here is the latest version.Read More...


Peak oil in retrospect

  • 11.26.2014

While some decry the demise of the ecosphere due to the burning of hydrocarbon fuels, an equal problem is the anticipated inability to supply those fuels to meet the growing world demand. This article looks in retrospect at the problem, largely through comments from senior oil engineers inside the industry, and then surveys what happened.Read More...


Transistor and PWM-Switch Analogs

  • 08.19.2014

The transistor and the PWM-switch, the core circuit of power converters, have interesting analogs. Both have three terminals, hence three configurations. They are active devices, and each has a key parameter.Read More...


Is there a high-frequency μ transform?

  • 06.10.2014

In the high-frequency (hf) region of transistor operation, the β transform can be used to refer gyrated circuit elements of the base (gate) to the emitter (source). Does the dual μ transform have a similar effect in the hf region whereby emitter (source) or collector (drain) elements are gyrated?Read More...

Advanced Technology: Flying Saucers & the Underworld

  • 04.30.2014

This article concludes the series by continuing with disclosures from investigations into flying saucers, the MJ-12 group in the NSC, and the massive underground facilities that do not make the mainstream news.Read More...


Advanced Technology: Beginning with Roswell

  • 04.01.2014

In the previous article, we looked at the advancement of technology in the WW II days, in covert research laboratories in Germany. The second instance of 20th-century covert technology is the greatest event of the 20th century, if you can believe it. Both instances are now being revealed, and Hollywood is an outlet. Read More...

Is Technology More Advanced than it Appears?

  • 02.20.2014

Not long before he died, Ben Rich, head of the famous Lockheed Skunkworks where the SR-71 Blackbird was developed, gave a technical talk after which some discussion ensued. Read More...


Power electronics on a chip: The Solar Charger

  • 02.13.2014

One area of electronics that has seen intensive integration, yet is not at all well-suited for total integration is power electronics. Read More...


The InterModule Bus

  • 12.07.2013

A Simple Way to Connect a μC to Modules

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