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Peter Alfke Remembered, 1931-2011
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10/31/2011   5 comments
My friend Mike Santarini, publisher of Xcell Journal at Xilinx just told me of the passing of Peter Alfke, who was with Xilinx for more than 20 years.
The story behind the story
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10/28/2011   11 comments
No person is an island and no career path is a straight line. Who got, or didn't get, you where you are today?
The hiring problem
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10/26/2011   64 comments
Engineering is one of the hardest open job slots to fill today. Why are so many of you unemployed then?
Wanted: Hexadecimal Nixie Tubes or similar display devices
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10/21/2011   14 comments
As usual I have an unusual hobby project simmering away on metaphorical stove…
Holding the ancient past in the palm of your hand
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10/19/2011   31 comments
I cannot tell you what it feels like to hold something like a 4200-year-old Sumerian tablet; It sends shivers down my spine...
Opinion: Incentives for FPGA developers to change
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10/18/2011   1 comment
Lewis Sternberg thinks about why FPGA developers are slow to adopt ASIC verification practices and what may be changing…
Useful tools and tricks
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10/13/2011   17 comments
A couple of my recent writing projects have required me to capture and present equations, and it was not sufficient for me to use regular text like: y = (a + b) / (c + d)
On engineering jobs and joblessness
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10/12/2011   50 comments
There are a lot of perspectives on joblessness, none more important than the person looking for work.
Opinion: Part of the 1%?
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10/10/2011   9 comments
Occupy Wall Street is gaining steam, but it is not clear if I am part of the 99% or the 1%...
Apple to bypass texting plans
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10/10/2011   2 comments
We have many things to be thankful for when it comes to Apple. I hope their next move to bring texting into the real world takes off quickly…
According to George: Planned Human Obsolescence
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10/5/2011   14 comments
We are pleased to welcome George Harper to the blogging realm here on EDA Desigline. For his first entry George talks about skill obsolescence…
Opinion: Is DV the ladder to nowhere?
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10/4/2011   9 comments
We all have opinions and they are a great way to get conversations started. Here is one from my friend Lewis Sternberg who believe that being in verification limits your future...
Oooohhhh, Shiny!!! The BMW i8 concept car
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10/3/2011   2 comments
I’m not usually much interested in cars, but in the case of the BMW i8 I will make an exception…


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