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BSEE - KB3UON
RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling 2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit design engineer. The Internet was still largely an unknown entity at the time and not much was available in the form of WYSIWYG ...
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Oddly, most of this roundup of career and job hunting articles have titles asking questions, as opposed to the typical counted ones that have '5 ways' to do this or '7 things' not to do. The most interesting article, IMHO, is Alan Murray's piece on what Millennials are looking for in terms of opportunity, stability, situation, etc. Not too surprisingly, according to Mr. Murray the 'Me' generation seems to be comfortable with big government programs and its accompanying social program safety nets, and are largely compliant and willing to be fit into a mold as long as their network of 'friends' (real-life and online) is not compromised. Be sure to see the Pew Research Center study that he cites. This situation most likely does not apply as much to RF Cafe visitors, who are typically goal-minded and even entrepreneurial, but the story provides insight into the new mindset. My prediction is that it will create a larger than ever separation between the rich and the poor of the world, which is already happening at a lightning pace. Just as the Roman Caesars threw bread to the idled citizens sitting in the amphitheaters during brutal gladiator exhibitions to keep them satisfied and dependent on the government, so too are countries now throwing cellphones, notebook computers, and food stamps at the world to keep the majority just fat enough to not suffer the tragedy of intellectual poverty.
Posted March 9, 2015