Analog Aficionados party 2014

The 2014 Analog Aficionados party is Sunday, February 9, 2014. From 5:00 to 9:00PM. It is at David's Restaurant in Santa Clara near the golf course. Over 150 people made last year's party. This is the fifth annual party.
You must sign up for the party so we can make your badge and have enough food. All we need is name and company, email is optional and will only be used for this party and announcing things like the death of Bob Pease and Jim Williams. Please sign up here:

Analog Aficionados party 2013

The 2013 Analog Aficionados party is Saturday, February 16, 2013. From 5:00 to 9:00PM. It is at David's Restaurant in Santa Clara near the golf course. Over 130 people made last year's party. There are 180 signed up this year. Feel free to just show up-- we can print you a badge on the spot.

Analog Aficionados party 2012

The 2012 Analog Aficionados party was February 18, 2012. It was at David's Restaurant in Santa Clara near the golf course. There were 155 people that confirmed, about 30 did not make it. Those that did had a great time mingled with other analog experts.

An analog HDTV proposal from 1988

In 1988 EETimes printed an article about some politician calling for a 5 dollar tax on every new TV in order to fund HDTV research. I wrote EETimes this letter.

I still prefer analog oscilloscopes

In recent years (2002) digital storage oscilloscopes have become ubiquitous on test benches.  Older folks like me still prefer analog scopes.
This is a presentation I gave at an 1997 EETimes analog conference. It discussed the myriad specifications of an op amp and how you can decipher them.
I had a horrible experience with some GE silicone sealant. I used it to seal the windshield on my van. The stuff never hardened. 
Here is a design analysis I did for a client. It is a guitar effects unit, a so-called "stomp box".

Subway sandwich shop system design

I went to a Subway shop back in2006. I got a large drink. Then I noticed the straws were too short for the cup.
I found a beautiful old Power Designs 0-20V power supply at a local Silicon Valley auction. It did not regulate well, so I looked around for an old manual.

Digital oscilloscope guidelines

There are many caveats about digital storage oscilloscopes (DSOs). The Nyquist theorem relates the sampling rate to the highest frequency component, not the highest frequency of a signal.

Scientists and Engineering

Many years ago, after a stint contracting at a Silicon Valley Semiconductor equipment manufacturer, I started wondering about the impact of scientists doing engineering work. My experience, as well as many other consultants, is that non-engineers can do a lot of damage to a project but that scientists can absolutely destroy one.