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Long Distance Please


Not long after I graduated from high school, my rather backward hometown's telephone system was upgraded from manual to automatic dialing. No longer did we have to pick up the telephone handset and wait for an operator to say, "Number Please." Instead, the new phone had a shiny, nickel ...
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Setting Our Sights on APEX

This month, we have focused our efforts entirely on delivering a tremendous March issue, centered around APEX. Of the many shows U.S.Tech participates in each year, APEX represents our core readership in the printed circuit industry.
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Changing the Guard


If my new job title (above) surprises you, it's about time. It's about time for a changing of the guard at U.S. Tech, and quite frankly I am a bit surprised that I have lasted this long. I have not actually stepped down as the title might suggest, but instead have curtailed ...

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It's Showtime Again


One year of trade shows has barely ended and here we are in the midst of a new crop of expos, including some important changes. First off, there's ATX/MD&M West in Anaheim, and after a deep breath, we head for APEX in Las Vegas in March. APEX is by far the most important single show ...
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Print Is Still Alive and Well


Is print dead? Certainly not. US Tech continues its commitment to print — in addition to our large web site and digital editions, and a hefty archive of back issues. According to a recent report in The New York Times print books are also alive and well, and one ...

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The Latest and the Greatest


The end of the year comes relentlessly, reminding us of all the time and effort we have spent on producing those last nine issues of U.S. Tech, and we are looking ahead to what's in store for us in 2016. We've made a lot of changes during the year that is quickly slipping away ...
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Wearing Out our Passports

Bringing U.S. Tech to a global audience means passports that get dog-eared from over-use. Last month we worked the Nepcon South China trade show, then several U.S. shows, and now productronica in Munich, our last major show for the year. Ever since it was spun off as a separate show in 1975 ...
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Five-Door Computers on Wheels


The family car has evolved into a complex electronics entertainment venue, with video players for the kids in the back seat, GPS and music for the driver, and hands-free Bluetooth telephoning that uses the car's stereo speakers. I recently did an electronics upgrade to my car, since ...

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It Was the Best of Years and the Worst of Years


I know it wasn't planned that way, but during our week of travel to China to attend the Nepcon South China Expo in Shenzhen, the whole world seemed to change. First, the Chinese Government elected to devalue its currency, not once but twice, and this sent worldwide markets into free ...

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Beware: Robo-Umpires Are Here


I have been an avid baseball fan most of my life, in particular a NY Mets fan. When asked about it, I simply tell people that being a Mets fan requires a great deal of patience and lots of strength of character. This is what you must believe when you root for a team that loses most ...
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It's Show Time Again


Summer is winding down and it's Fall (almost) — a time of relief (we hope) from the blistering hot summer that has been plaguing the entire country. This is the time of year that signals the start of a new round of international trade shows for U.S. Tech. In August, it's ...

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Moore's Law at Age 50


It's hard to believe that Moore's law is 50 years old, but according to archives cited by IHS Technology (www.technology.IHS.com) 1965 was the big year for Gordon Moore, who was Fairchild Semiconductor's Research and Development Director. At about that time, I recall visiting a semiconductor ...
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Taking it on the Road


Coming to San Francisco for SEMICON is always a great pleasure for me. It is one of the most delightful cities in the world; the streets are very clean, you can breathe the air without getting a coughing attack, scenery is stupendous, and it has some of the best restaurants in the world ...

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Big Boys and a Fast Girl


Back in my earlier days of involvement with electronics, my teen years and then time in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, PCBs were rare, and where they existed, all were PTH (pin through hole). More common in this era of vacuum tubes was the then-familiar "rat's nest" wiring made possible ...
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Is the U.S.A. a Third-World Transportation Nation?


Rebuilding. That's a big word that encompasses a very big picture. We see signs of it going on all the time around us, but what is frightening is that there is not enough going on. The World Trade Center is an example of what is good and noble in America — taking that horrific 9 ...
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Baseball Has Moved Out


The start of the new baseball season gives me a special kind of rush, as I mentally revisit some of the many major league ballparks I have visited during my travels. No, I didn't get to them all, didn't even try to, but I did see games played in quite a few different places over the ...
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Strong Dollar Raises Questions


At times, the economic recovery in the U.S. has seemed to be agonizingly slow, albeit continuously positive. Unemployment continues to go down, and onshoring/reshoring of manufacturing is alive and well. This has been in stark contrast to business trends in the European Union, which ...
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Are We There Yet?


IPC APEX. Our most important show, and much bigger than ever, was a major preoccupation for us the last week in February. The IPC APEX Show was outstanding and huge. That large convention hall was totally filled with exhibitors from one end to the other, and I was very grateful for ...
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I Think I'd Prefer Philadelphia


Sometimes you get on a plane to escape. When we left for APEX, We were gladly escaping the horrifically cold and snowy weather in the Northeast and heading for the sunny climes of Southern California. It was a welcome relief from subzero weather and snowed-in streets and highways. While ...
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Anyone for Surface Noise?


Back in the middle 1960s, there was a lot of talk about creating digital audio. At the time, there were at least three major roadblocks to making this happen: appropriate media, hardware, and basic knowledge. The only digital media that worked was high-speed magnetic tape. There was ...
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