Tag Archives: electronics

Now that I’m a full time blogger for EB, I guess I had better get my act together, start thinking more about what I write, and spend less time reading magazines. This week, however, it’s the content of magazines and the way in which hobby projects are written up that I want to consider. In the UK, it’s hard to come by electronics magazines in the local shops. It’s just not a popular hobby as, say, fishing, motorbikes and guns – don’t ask! So most hobby electronics engineers get magazines through the shops’ own subscription system (they order it for you) or direct from the distributor. I do remember a time, however, when electronics magazines were very popular, so I guess that shows my age. I used to select a magazine each week or month and then follow the building of the project. A great example of this is shown in…

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I wrote about my favorite class 2 weeks back; I talked about my favorite teacher/boss, who really influenced my engineering career and taught me some important skills. Today, I look at the flip side. I look at a class that really really was no good. However, it was the exact same reason: the teacher. At first, I was going to mention a math class, similar to Cherish’s post about how she nearly dropped engineering entirely. I completely associate with that. My calculus 3 teacher was a nightmare. However, it was still topped. No, the class I took was surprisingly analog circuits. Yup, analog circuits, the thing I do on a daily basis. Except not quite. This class was instead chip level analog circuits, as opposed to board level. I’ve made this distinction on Fluxor’s blog and my own before. I work with packaged chips, designing systems. Fluxor designs low level…

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I’ve been reading more about entrepreneurship and starting businesses lately. Mostly in auxiliary reading about personal finance, but also in my reading about technology companies. One of my favorite sites, Get Rich Slowly, has lately been talking about a book called “The Millionaire Next Door”. In fact, just today, Robert Brokamp of the Motley Fool interviewed one of the co-authors, Thomas Stanley. In the book, they highlight a large percentage of millionaires are business owners. I’m not using this as a basis for the idea of starting a company (many many companies fail)…I’m just saying that it’s added motivation to take that leap. So why not start up a technology manufacturing business? Why not go out on my own and make something? Well, I’d still like to someday. In fact, I already have an incorporated business in the state of Ohio, Analog Life, LLC. However, this is more small time consulting…

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Bisphenol A has recently found to not be safe for food containers, but it has a sordid history in IC packaging.

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