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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Joerg, Sep 25, 2007.

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  1. mpm

    mpm Guest

    Same is generally true of SBE (Society of Broadcast Engineers).
    Obviously, with the advent of digital television broadcast and HD
    Radio technologies, many older engineers either can't (or choose not
    to) keep up and make the transition. So, they become dinosaurs too.
    It also seems the "replacement" engineering staff members are less
    visible (which perhaps they are from being overworked?), so the whole
    "migration" tends to look more unbalanced that perhaps it is in real-
    life.

    I suspect you could extrapolate this to just about any industry these
    days, particular those more impacted by the arrival of the Internet.
    -mpm
     
  2. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Has to have the right numbers in there. Big bucks will motivate. It's
    just that in the Bay Area it needs to be really big bucks.

    It's also a matter of lifestyle. Country folks (like me) may tough it
    out for a while but many of our neighbors are Bay Area transplants.
    People who packed it all up the millisecond they retired.
     
  3. Hmmm microfiche to PDF converter..............neat


    Martin
     
  4. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    I honestly think these days there's a lot more paranoia about "intellectual
    property" than there was 20+ years ago and companies *instruct* their
    employees to be a lot less "visible" than they otherwise might be. The
    business guys figured out long ago that, while being the best technically is
    nice, if everyone keeps their mouths shut about technical matters, companies
    can instead compete on price and (perhaps) "customer service" which arguably
    easier to do -- especially if you're a business major. (I suppose the entire
    notion reflect sthe idea that there's a bigger and bigger gap between what the
    average engineer understands vs. the average marketing guy...)

    Hence Joerg's point about how it's quite surprising that you don't see many
    reports of ATSC performance in "difficult" (e.g., multi-path) environments.
     
  5. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Microfiche? Our local county recorder has PNG or PDF versions all the
    way back to January, 1984.

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  6. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    Some people would give a kidney to get a good job in San Francisco or
    New York or London. Some people just like cities.

    John
     
  7. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Except that the analog board level guys haven't become dinosaurs. There
    just aren't any left. They have usually kept up with technology.
    Transistors came, they learned. ICs came and they learned those. Other
    stuff like switched capacitor filters came and vanished into the dark.
    MMICs came and they adapted to those. It's not an unwillingness to
    learn, the schools don't spit out many good ones anymore.
     
  8. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    I like some, too. Up to pop 30,000 or so :)
     
  9. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    It would be interesting to find out what resolution etc. they are using.
    That would be a neat way to go partially paperless and when they flag
    that in an audit you could say "Yeah, but the country recorder also does
    it". Tried to find that out in a recent thread but that kinda went into
    a high-tech pie in the sky.
     
  10. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I like city conveniences, just not the density; which is why I live at
    the outer limits ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  11. Phil Hobbs

    Phil Hobbs Guest

    I hate the Bay Area--I went to school there, and very nearly went to
    work at HP Labs on Page Mill Road in Palo Alto, which was about six
    blocks from where I lived at the time...but fortunately IBM's offer came
    through before HP's. If I believed in chance, I'd feel lucky. As it
    is, I feel blessed. ;)

    Cheers,

    Phil "Same lab for 18 years now" Hobbs
     
  12. Joerg

    Joerg Guest


    Poughkeepsie? That's where my father had to go, looong flights back in
    them days. He worked at IBM in Germany.

    It would definitely be too cold up there for my wife. Her ideal place
    would be where winter simply doesn't happen. Like Hawaii, but there is
    no work for me and getting to clients would take forever.
     
  13. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    I worked in Fremont at first, and it's the pits. I don't like the
    business or personal culture of Silicon Valley... too burby and too
    predatory at the same time. San Francisco is a beautiful town, lots of
    different cultures and neighborhoods, lots of parks and beaches and
    trails and cliffs. I live a block from an actual canyon and a mile
    from an almost-official (930') mountain. After growing up in New
    Orleans, I'm blessed too.

    Pic I snapped this morning, fog moving into the Alemany Gap.

    http://s2.supload.com/free/DSCF0780-20070927230418.jpg/view/


    I interviewed at HP once. It didn't go well. The guy looked at my
    resume and said, in a sour voice, "Look, you've got to make up your
    mind whether you're an engineer or a programmer." I said "No, I don't"
    and left. What a jerk.

    John
     

  14. Actually, I have another microfiche reader that I am trying to figure
    out a way to use my good digital camera, with making any permanent
    changes to the camera.


    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     

  15. Are you sure that it isn't the 'Twilight Zone"? ;-)


    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
  16. Phil Hobbs

    Phil Hobbs Guest

    Nah, the Watson Lab in Yorktown Heights. Best sandbox in the world at
    one point, still very very good (and improving since the low point in
    about 2000).

    Cheers,

    Phil Hobbs
     
  17. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    Well everyone ultimately wastes their lives somehow, might as well be
    happy doing it.
     
  18. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    That hill on the left somehow looks man-made. Is it?
    Sounds like it was either not an engineer or an armchair-engineer.
     
  19. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    No, that's Mt San Bruno, which is a state park now. Just the other
    side of it is Candlestick Park and SFO. There's a huge antenna farm on
    top, lots of TV and FM stations to add to our multicultural EMI
    environment.

    I did't think there was a place at HP, even then, for somebody to do
    both.

    John
     
  20. ehsjr

    ehsjr Guest

    Do you still have some of the first transistors?

    Got a CK722 ? Someone said they've gone for > $700
    on E-bay. (I find that very hard to believe.) Anyway,
    you might be sitting on a goldmine. :)

    Ed
     
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