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

  • From: <art_porter@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <Ken.Cantrell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <jeff.loyer@xxxxxxxxx>, <si-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 08:35:57 -0600

True story, somewhat remotely related to the topic:

Back in the olden days when HP made CRT displays, I worked in that group =
at HP (still working at Agilent). I frequently presented seminars on CRT =
displays to customers. I always took the business end of a CRT along as =
a show-and-tell. This was about the time they started X-raying and =
inspecting carry-on items at airports. (Everyone old enough to remember =
when you could just walk out to the plane with no inspection whatsoever, =
raise your hands).=20

When my briefcase went through the X-ray, the inspector asked to look =
inside it. He asked me to remove the contents from a cardboard mailing =
tube and asked me what it was. Without thinking I said "An electron =
gun." Instantly, almost before the last words exited my mouth, 2 pairs =
of giant hands gripped my arms, attached to a couple of guys who looked =
like NFL linebackers. We went to the security office, where the guy in =
charge said, "What's this?" I replied "It's part of a TV." He said, "Oh, =
OK, why didn't you just say that in the first place?"  =20

Art Porter
Agilent Technologies =20

-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Ken Cantrell
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 7:54 AM
To: jeff.loyer@xxxxxxxxx; Signal Integrity Mailing List
Subject: [SI-LIST] Re: What do you do?

Jeff -
First I just say "engineer".  If someone asks for something more =
specific I
say "computers".  If that draws a blank, I ask how the hunting is around
there.
Ken

-----Original Message-----
From: si-list-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:si-list-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Loyer, Jeff
Sent: Sunday, August 27, 2006 3:11 PM
To: Signal Integrity Mailing List
Subject: [SI-LIST] What do you do?


Sorry if this is a little off-task, but ABOUT the most perplexing
problem I've had for a while is answering the question "So, what do you
do?".  I faced this again while buying a dirt bike in the panhandle of
Idaho - not a place exactly full of E-mag expertise (though maybe a
certain eastern Washingtoner might have relatives there?).  After years
of blank looks, I've never found a good answer.  I mostly resort to "I
design computers" or something like that.  Does anyone have a good SHORT
explanation of what a "Signal Integrity Engineer" does, for the general
public, who think "fast busses" is an oxymoron?  I recently heard of
"Microwave Plumber" and am thinking that comes pretty close!

Thanks,
Jeff Loyer
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