23 January 2013

EE Prototyping Redirect

I have previously posted here about the EE Prototyping course that I will be teaching at Olin College this spring (see all posts with the label "Prototyping"). While I still believe that Jim Williams would have loved this class, I have decided to split that discussion off into its own dedicated blog.

If you'd like to continue to follow the development of "EE Proto" this term, please join my students and me over at eepro.to.

22 January 2013

Scope Sunday 42

A friend emailed me last week, and said that he had some Tektronix 500-series plug-ins for me.  I told him that I was happy to give them a good home.  When I arrived at his house on Sunday, he had a dozen-and-a-half plug-ins for me, and also this back-breaking beast:

He said that it has a small oscillation problem, and it didn't come with any fixtures, but I am very pleased.  I have several 575s (and even a 175 with the special cable), but this treasure is my first 576.

01 January 2013

Top Five Posts 2012

I started this blog in July 2011, so today is the first time I have a year of data for an end-of-year round up. A year ago, I declared the "Top Five Most Popular Posts in 2011" with an incomplete year of data. Therefore, today, with a full year of data, I do declare:

The Top Six Most Popular Posts in 2012
  1. Best App Notes Page
  2. Not really a "post" in the strictest sense of the word, but this page received the most traffic in 2012. It continues to be updated as I continue to read...
  3. Scope Sunday 13 (2011 rank: #3)
  4. Photos from my trip to the Computer History Museum to see the opening night of Jim's Linear Technology laboratory bench on display (with my business card in the mess).
  5. Vintage Scopes are Better, part 1
  6. The first part of my five-part series on why vintage analog oscilloscopes are better than modern digital ones, with plenty of quotes from Jim. See also part two, part three, part four, and part five.
  7. Scope Sunday 23
  8. Notes and photos from my return trip to the Computer History Museum, where I make note of the large number of Tektronix oscilloscopes in their collection (whether they want to admit it or not!).
  9. Scope Sunday 3 (2011 rank: #1)
  10. My airline adventure with a Tektronix 453, along with a letter from Jim.
  11. My Favorite Widlar Story
  12. A retelling of the three-terminal-voltage-regulator prank. My second-favorite Bob Widlar story is the one about the sheep.

Note that some of these posts are from 2011, but the ranking is based only on their traffic in 2012 (search engines at work). Of course, once again I note that listing these links gives these posts a head start in the race for "Most Popular Posts in 2013" (it's an interesting positive-feedback loop, isn't it?), but I hope that I will produce even more interesting posts in the coming months!

Which post was your favorite?