I'm still up to my ears in alligators following the ever-increasing response to my Reinventing the Computer article and my associated Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg Computer blog. Several readers have recommended books on implementing logic and arithmetic circuits using relays, vacuum tubes, and even Magnetic Logic (more in my next blog), and I have packages from Amazon arriving on a daily basis.
Anyway, one of the guys I've been chatting with (via email) was asking if I knew of any EE positions going near Newton, MA. This guy is obviously something of an all-rounder. He was trained as an EE, he worked for 3 years doing analog design (mostly with opamps and discrete components) and digital design (mostly TTL and CMOS). He also did some work with vacuum tubes (which is what started our correspondence).
Then he started working as a software developer and went on to get his MS in math. Then he decided to operate a home lab for a few years before relocating to MA in 2003 to be closer to his family.
Well, the long and short of it is that he would like to find a job in electronics engineering again and he asked me "Any ideas on how to do that?" And I thought: "Why not ask the guys and gals in the trenches?" (that would be you).
Any ideas? If you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I'll forward any messages on. And, as usual, if you haven't already done so, don't forget to Sign Up for our weekly Programmable Logic DesignLine Newsletter.