[SI-LIST] Re: What do you do?

From someone who once went to school over there, in Eastern Washington
or Idaho you might say ...

"I help make (wheat) combines run fast and correctly by enabling
computer chips* to communicate with each other correctly.  This speeds
up the wheat harvest, putting bread, pasta and cereal on the tables and
in the stomachs of children and workers worldwide - enabling them to
live free, and ask questions like 'what do you do for a living?'"

Bill Hargin
High-Speed Product Manager
Mentor Graphics Corp.
Systems Design Division
425-301-4425 - Mobile=20

* Not to be confused with cow chips.

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> [mailto:si-list-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Joe Cahill
> Sent: Sunday, August 27, 2006 2:27 PM
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> Subject: [SI-LIST] Re: What do you do?
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> If someone is slightly technical I say "I make computers run=20
> fast and correctly by getting power to the chips cleanly and=20
> signals quickly between the chips" .
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> If they aren't technical I say "I make computers run fast and=20
> correctly".
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> Joe
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> Enterprise Systems Card Development
> Austin Phone: 512.838.6832   Fax: 512.838.1717
> jjcahill@xxxxxxxxxx
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> Sorry if this is a little off-task, but ABOUT the most=20
> perplexing problem I've had for a while is answering the=20
> question "So, what do you do?".  I faced this again while=20
> buying a dirt bike in the panhandle of Idaho - not a place=20
> exactly full of E-mag expertise (though maybe a certain=20
> eastern Washingtoner might have relatives there?).  After=20
> years of blank looks, I've never found a good answer.  I=20
> mostly resort to "I design computers" or something like that.=20
>  Does anyone have a good SHORT explanation of what a "Signal=20
> Integrity Engineer" does, for the general public, who think=20
> "fast busses" is an oxymoron?  I recently heard of "Microwave=20
> Plumber" and am thinking that comes pretty close!
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> Thanks,
> Jeff Loyer
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