Smoke on the Horizon... oh s**t!

From: John Lawson <>
Date: Wed Feb 18 13:14:21 2004

On Wed, 18 Feb 2004, Tom Jennings wrote:

[much snippage]

> I'm working with 5th-year EE students who don't even know how to make
> real-world input protection networks, or do real bypassing, but boy can
> they crank out SPICE simulations of CMOS gates. You should see their
> solenoid driver designs -- >shudder<. Never heard of inductive power
> resistors. Reading the fine print in capacitor specs? Fat chance. We're
> all doomed.

   My Ex sent me an interesting article she dug up - basically how
40/50/60 year old analog engineers (who still want to work) are able to
literally write their own ticket - starting salaries are in the $100K (US)
range - entirely because of this syndrome.

  It's also interesting that Vietnam seems to be turning out very
competent analog design Gurus - 'Nguyen Tranh, BSEE' translates to "You
got it made, buddy!"

  I myself have fielded more than one juicy offer by various Gummint
contractor companies - but I'm happy where I am. Nice to know that the
Original Nerds are finally getting their Just Revenge....

  Now where's that damn pocket protector...


John (BSEE '71)
Received on Wed Feb 18 2004 - 13:14:21 GMT

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