Nov 2009

When the recession came a knocking on its door

When the recession came a knocking on its door, the Small to Medium sized Enterprise (SME) was badly affected. So much so that the Managing Director had no option but to shorten the working week and drop the pay of his employees by ten per cent. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 2009

Despite the fact that the company considered him an invaluable asset

Despite the fact that the company considered him an invaluable asset, the middle-aged engineer had never been promoted, and frankly, that suited him to a tee. You see, the one thing that he dearly loved was to engineer new products, not to oversee the work of others. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 2009

The marketing manager at the LCD television manufacturer was well aware of the fact that there were plenty of people that were still watching television on old cathode ray tube sets

The marketing manager at the LCD television manufacturer was well aware of the fact that there were plenty of people that were still watching television on old cathode ray tube sets. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 2009

During the new product development process

During the new product development process, one of the younger members of the design team at the Small to Medium sized Enterprise (SME) came up with a radically new design idea. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 2009

Collecting large amounts of data from any process is all very well if the data is used for something useful

Collecting large amounts of data from any process is all very well if the data is used for something useful. But collecting data simply for the sake of doing so in the vain hope that it might potentially serve some constructive purpose at some later date is a pointless exercise. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 2009

The young entrepreneurial company had a lot of bright ideas engineers on its books

The young entrepreneurial company had a lot of bright ideas engineers on its books. But none of them knew a whole lot about computer science. So when the management tasked them with developing a new computer-controlled machine in less than a year, they farmed out the development of the embedded system to a talented third party. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 2009

Six months ago

Six months ago, the chap that installed the double glazing in my house came around to call. Unbeknown to me, it seemed as through the folks that regularly inspect his work had visited my home and determined that the glass he had fitted did not meet the required industry standards. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 2009

During his engineering course at University

During his engineering course at University, the young undergraduate had been studying the use of the Laplacian transform, a rather useful mathematical equation, which many of you will know, is used regularly in the analysis of electrical systems. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 2009

Over the past few years

Over the past few years, I’ve grown a little weary of watching large budget Hollywood blockbusters. They all seem to have three things in common: lots of special effects, very poor scripts and very wooden acting. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 2009

Prime Minister Gordon Brown released a statement this month on the Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing

Prime Minister Gordon Brown released a statement this month on the Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing, recognising the ‘appalling’ way he was treated for being homosexual. Read the rest of this entry »

About the Author

Electronicstalk and this Editor's Blog are edited by Laurence Marchini

Laurence Marchini

Laurence Marchini began his career in the electronics press with the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1980, cutting his teeth on a variety of learned and member publications, ranging from IEE Proceedings to Electronics and Power. He moved on to join the launch team of the innovative weekly Electronics Express in 1986, and became Editor just 18 months later. Sadly, Electronics Express lasted just four and a half years, wound up by the infamous Robert Maxwell. However, Laurence had already jumped ship and joined the world of electronics PR with the agency of the 1990s, Smith and Jones Communications. It seemed Laurence was lost to the world of journalism. But after 11 years we managed to lure him back as launch editor of Electronicstalk. Laurence is married to Sally and has a young son, Alexander.

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