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I wrote last week about Jim Williams passing away and how influential he was on the analog electronics community and myself. In a sad twist of fate, one of Jim’s friends and another hero of mine, Bob Pease, died in a car crash on the way home from Jim’s memorial service.  Bob was driving his ’69 Beetle in the hills of Saratoga, CA when his car went off the road and struck a tree. When I found out that two analog legends are now gone, it really hurt. Obviously nothing like their close friends and families have felt, but instead a loss in the world because they meant so much to engineers. So this week’s theme is about mistakes? Well, it’s not my biggest, not by far, but my mistake is not asking Bob or Jim for an interview sooner. They were both at the top of the list of…

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Jim Williams died a few days ago. Jim was an applications engineer for Linear Technology, a chip manufacturer that makes analog components.  He was one of my favorite authors and engineers and someone I really looked up to. I loved reading his books and application notes, and I believe his leaving this world is a great loss for everyone. However, in examining what I know of his life, I feel I can learn a few things. First off, to call Jim anything less than an analog electronics expert would do his memory injustice. His clarity in writing and his ability to piece together clever circuits to show the capabilities of a new LT chip was unbelievable. And the reason he was able to so adeptly create circuits is his years of dedication to his craft. Not only was his job working with circuits, his pastime was repairing old analog Tektronix oscilloscopes. This…

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