Your column is the first one I head for when I see there's something new to read. I don't have anything new to add to the discussion, but I want to add my voice to the list of people who think that getting roughed up over a single complaint is a bit ridiculous. Keep on writing and all but one of us will continue reading!
Max I too remember those days of a hard copy of EDN. Now instead of looking for the Dilbert cartoon I FIRST check to see what cool things Max has found or done. Keep up the good works and like rpcy said, "Just be yourself." I think it works for the majority of EE readers.
Max, just be yourself. You're funny, informative, and interesting, and that basically puts you into an elite class with very few other members. If some reader doesn't like that, the word he's looking for is "unsubscribe."
Max, I always enjoy your blogs, even though I'm an old-school chip designer who still hangs onto the theory that FPGAs will never be real chips -- just prototypes of something yet to come.
But in today's PC world (and I don't mean "personal computer") you have to be careful with words like racist. You would actually be a lot safer having one too many bloody mary's at an ACE Awards ceremony and saying something like "that &$!#.!)!! guy from Zimbabwe...I love that guy!"
Cursing isn't so bad, even when it's complimentary to another. But certain PC-charged words should probably be avoided in a published blog, even when they're not said in a way that could be construed as offensive.
Having said that, the "undergarments of authority" should lighten up. It wasn't a big deal, despite one irate reader's email.
And speaking of EDN, I'm pleasantly surprised that it hasn't changed in any noticeable way since UBM picked it up. Like many readers, I always gravitated to Dilbert and the Design Ideas, and then checked to see if maybe there was something else interesting in there :)
I'm glad to see that it hasn't become EE Times/EDN. Both publications have their styles, and they should keep them distinct.
Max, I was going to offer the example of the noble Bob Pease as a very interesting writer who very seldom mentioned FPGAs, and sometimes actually did write about electronics, usually in a brilliant manner. As for your critic, I have had similar experiences, and I would offer that such individuals are both burdened by more fear of almost everything than any sane person, and are also typically devoid of even the most common social skills and graces. The result is that I "write them off", and from then on, mostly, they are treated as nonexistent entities.
Keep on keeping on. I took that online test, and it provided me about a week of self-reflection, forcing me to recognize the assumptions about race I have subconsciously formed, but don’t like to acknowledge.
We all need a reminder to reflect on something other than “what do I want for lunch today?” :)
I stand corrected (grin).
But I'm not sorry I missed out on that -- when you look back in history, the vast majority of people lived brutish lives -- only the favored few had any level of real comfort.
When my mom was a kid in Sheffield, England, they had only cold water coming into the house and the toilet was in a small outhouse at the bottom of (let's call it a garden). They didn't get electricity until 1943.
When you look at what we have today, we are truly living in a golden age (hot and cold running water, heating and air conditioning, fridges, televisions...).
And, of course, we are still the lucky ones (I'm talking about people living in places like America, Europe, and Scandinavia) -- I dare not even think about what life is like for people in many parts of the world).