Thursday, February 26, 2009

EDA, Dead or Alive

Almost as good as attending the DVCon panel EDA: Dead or Alive? is reading Mike Demler's notes at The World is Analog: EDA: Dead or Alive? Apparently this is the successor to John Cooley's infamous Troublemakers panel.

Peggy said EDA tools are overpriced? Huh! How about giving me a quality product that doesn't crash so often! Makes Microsoft Office look like mission-critical software. [a pet peeve of mine which I hope to expand on in a future post]

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Back to School Resources

In this tough economy, we should all be conscious of our inventory of job skills, with an eye on keeping up-to-date and marketable. Thanks to the Web, there's a wealth of training materials available online, such as at TechOnline University Fundamentals. The courses are generally short and practical. Certainly something to check out before buying expensive textbooks or enrolling in traditional classes.

Monday, February 23, 2009

U.S. And India's Tech Dilemma

Sramana Mitra's column in Forbes, U.S. And India's Tech Dilemma echoes some of the concerns I raised in Choice Careers. Although, after recent market carnage, finance careers seem far from a "hot ticket" for now.

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Classic, for Free

Off-topic except for the theme of "free things", is offering a free downloadable mp3 song for Valentine's Day.

You are ready for Valentine's Day, aren't you? Have a good one.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cadence Links the News

The company may have a lot of turmoil in the executive suite, but Cadence really gets the latest web and social media trends. Cadence NewsLink has more articles and blog posts than you can shake a stick at covering all EDA domains. Their whole web site has a very modern feel, with pretty active blog postings, and easy ways to share links and leave comments to start a conversation.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Keeping the Day Job

To paraphrase real estate huckster Tom Vu , "do you have the guts to get rich blogging?"

Dan Lyons, more famously known as Fake Steve Jobs, wrote Growing Rich by Blogging Is a High-Tech Fairy Tale for his "day job" at

It gives insight and some figures on the financial opportunities for bloggers. To cut to the chase: there's not a lot of opportunity! Certainly that's not why I blog, though it's nice to imagine the claimed average earnings of $5,060 per year.

It also gave me more insight into Dan Lyons, the person. As often happens, I liked the "fantasy person" Fake Steve Jobs better. I was disappointed to read that getting rich was a big reason for his launching the Fake Steve Jobs blog, which I found absolutely hilarious. Mark me naive for wishing he just wanted to share his creative gift with all of us. You do have a humourous gift, Dan. May you find a way to re-launch it and make a good living while you're at it.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

FREE Utility Grab-Bag

Enough the posts about how bad the industry or overall economy is. How about some FREE stuff? You can't pass that up (especially in this economy ;-).

Therefore, I'm highlighting a few useful commands or utility packages that an engineer might use regularly. I plan to follow this up with a post on useful free EDA packages. My "go-to" utilities are

think of it as "text VNC". lightweight and low bandwith. Hey, most of what we do in VNC is textual anyway, right?
rock-solid terminal client to access *nix from Windows
free industrial-strength encryption. Because you'd hate to have your USB drive or notebook PC data fall into the wrong hands.
*nix command to process a list (e.g., of file names) piped from another command