Welcome to 81 new subscribers so far for the month.
Several new aspects here. You can now comment on each item by email or you can use a newly installed discussion board. Obviously once again, another "top" issue, please print it out. I'm sure you will be glad you did.
See your personal details at the very end. If these details are correct - DO NOTHING - otherwise:
1a. CORRECTIONS ONLY IF YOUR NAME IS 'BLANK'
We still have 264 people named 'Blank'. I'll give you two weeks to correct it. Last call, then 'shot duck'.
I appreciate your participation in receiving my Newsletter, I most certainly do.
Please keep your email address current, nothing is so disappointing to me than having to needlessly delete about 40 odd 'undeliverable' emails from my precious list each month.
2. WHAT AM I DOING?
a) It would seem someone has taken note of my undeniable talents.
I have been invited to apply for a very senior postion at a noted university (doesn't mean I'll get it though). Age does NOT matter here, now there's progress into the 21st century.
The position description occupies about ten printed pages. It is "The Director of Flexible and Distance Learning".
In essence it is a new initiative where I would (among other things):
"Develop, manage and promote the University's capabilites (including on-line capabilities) in flexible learning and distance education. To support the activities of staff in producing and delivering on-line and multi-media teaching materials for on campus flexible learning or for distance delivery off campus".
It will require selling up in Australia and moving to another country but - very, very exciting. I'll still be here for you though, somewhere in cyber space.
b) Meanwhile living with reality:
c) The book shop:
d) Join our "electronics book of the month club". If you would like to join in with us...
We'll get it underway soon.
3. THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG?
Well, did I get bagged over this one - from friends?. I couldn't for the life of me remember the source and even searching didn't reveal it.
It came from I-Laugh #008 (usual profuse apologies). Contributed by Gunjan Saraf
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4. DISCUSSION LIST
Want to discuss items raised here? I have installed a discussion list on the site and I hope it works.
and under the left hand navigation - Documentation / Getting Started - you should get the hang of it.
THIS COULD BE YOU!
So how come none one has signed up to place their ad here? It's only $30 per issue! Talk to the boss.
Don't make me get out the whips!
5. ELECTRONICS Q & A
The "Electronics Q & A List" is producing some stunning co-operation among contributors.
a) From Jim N6OTQ
"Ever wonder what those mil-spec-type pieces of silicon you had in the junk box were good for? The ones that weren't on the wall at Radio Shack and wouldn't cross-ref in ECG or SK?
They have an amazing amount of reference lists online".
b) From Mike Handy - Spirent Communications
[In answer to a question from Matt Donohoe]
Q: "Does anybody know of any software that I can get a hold of that will do calculations for Microstrip filters / interdigital filters?"
A: "There is a software application called HyperLinx that will evaluate strip line and micro strips, but is expensive. I have used MathCad for calculating these parameters. You can go to the web site and find application source. Also there is an excellent book 'High Speed Digital Design' ** [see lower] by Howard Johnson that is a must have. Hope that this helps".
6. PROJECTS IN PIPELINE
At the moment my plate is full.
7 (a). WEBCAST - Audio Design
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Thursday, June 21
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Applications covered in this webcast include volume, balance, audio position, panning, tone, equalization, and biamping. The seminar covers design techniques addressing dynamic range, frequency response and two-tone intermodulation distortion. Additional design considerations including single voltage vs. dual voltage, single ended vs. differential and part matching will be discussed.
Receive a FREE Xicor Audio Eval Kit when you fill out the survey at the end of the webcast!!
7 (b). HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNIVAC
June 14th is the 50th birthday of the world's first commercial computer. On June 14, 1951, Unisys launched the Universal Automatic Computer, UNIVAC.
8. DAMN "LIES AND STATISTICS"
The growth is still down. Curious of course, I investigated a little - weekends nose dive down to nothing.
Ah!..., the northern hemisphere is now enjoying spring / summer. Now you're not under snow anymore, you would much prefer to spend your precious weekends doing fun things rather than surfing the net.
So would I.
Oh BTW, 85 new subscribers, 5 unsubscribes and 27 bounced.
9. REAL COOL AND SOMETIMES FREE! DOWNLOADS - These are!
Nothing electronics related, but I downloaded quite a lot of other stuff to try.
[BEGIN SHAMELESS PROMOTION BIT] - to keep my sites and your newsletter
I'll give you break - there isn't one (make a donation instead)
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10. HUMOUR AND INSPIRATION (by ever popular demand) -
From my friend Mikey....
DUMB WHITE MEN
When white men discovered this country, Indians were running it...
No taxes, no debt, women did most of the work. Indian men hunted and fished all the time!
White men were dumb enough to think they could improve this system.
AND - From my friend Chuck....
"If the #2 pencil is so popular, why is it still #2, ever wonder?"
* JUNK is the STUFF we throw away. STUFF is the JUNK we keep.
* LOTTERY: A tax on people who are bad at math.
"Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense"
AND - From my precious daughter....
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will become the official language of the EU rather than German, which was the alternative possibility.
As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government has conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement, and has accepted a 5 year phase-in plan that would be known as "Euro-English".
In the first year "s" will replace the soft "c", sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy, and the hard "c" will be dropped in favour of the "k". This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replased with the "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.
In the 3rd year, publik aksceptanse of the new spelling kan be expected to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double leters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.
By the 4th yer, people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v" During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplied to ozer kombinations of leters.
After ziz fifz yer ve vil hav a rali sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor truble or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer.
ZE DREM VIL FINALI KUM TRU !!!!!
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