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The day the layoffs came
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9/29/2011   65 comments
With everyone in the room, the layoffs came--one by agonizing one
Faster than the speed of light?
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9/26/2011   44 comments
In the scientists at CERN really have detected particles travelling faster than the speed of light, the ramifications are incredible…
Travel Nightmares: Cutting it fine
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9/26/2011   3 comments
Traveling can always mean problems and in our continuing series about travel nightmares, David Ashton recounts one of his problematic journeys...
How it was: Testing RAMs and ROMs
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9/23/2011   7 comments
How was it that my memory tests passed when there wasn’t even any memory in the cabinet?
Relativity, causality and headaches
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9/23/2011   5 comments
Italian scientists say neutrinos can travel faster than light. If this is proven to be true what does it say about relativity and causality…
How it was: CAD, CAE, and EDA
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9/22/2011   18 comments
I’m starting to feel like a relic from a bygone age, because when I talk to younger engineers about the way we used to do things they stare at me in disbelief…
The law of unintended consequences strikes, again
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9/22/2011   23 comments
It’s what you didn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t anticipate that really bites you in the back
Where has quality gone…and what can we do to get it back?
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9/21/2011   36 comments
From tools in the big box stores to components for your engineering projects, quality no longer seems to be job one. I have some thoughts on how to fix that.
Are we engineering quality today? Take the survey
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9/21/2011   10 comments
Concerns are mounting that quality is lagging from components vendors. Help us quantify the situation.
Travel nightmares: no room at the inn
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9/19/2011   6 comments
I know many people in the EDA industry and one thing they have in common is that they do travel – a lot. Everyone has a story to tell...
Why does manned space exploration cost so darn much?
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9/12/2011   50 comments
Does any time and cost estimate even have meaning in this situation?
Mousetrap game grows up
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9/8/2011   10 comments
Chris Burden's new Metropolis II kinetic sculpture may be the only reason I'd ever move to LA.
Obama, jobs and the creative destruction of electronics
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9/7/2011   100 comments
President Obama will deliver a major speech on jobs and the economy this week; it will almost surely be the wrong solution.
Most useless machine ever plus another coin trick
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9/1/2011   8 comments
Have you ever seen a video of something called “The Most Useless Machine Ever”? In fact this is really rather cool…


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As you can see in my bio at the end of this article, I work as a manufacturing engineer. One of my favorite things that happens on a Friday late in the afternoon is to hear my phone ring ...

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