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Ain’t Broke!

Many people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.

I often say or think the first line. I almost forgot the come-back.

Many engineers are tasked with taking something that isn’t broke and make it cheaper to produce and no better than it needs to be. It’s call “planned obsolescence” when the need is determined to be designed-in failure. In the case of the light bulb, there was a light bulb engineering collusion that occurred on December 23, 1924, that decided the lighting industry needed to have a replacement market […] Continue reading » Ain’t Broke!

The Science of Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting requires a knowledge of the why and how of proper behavior or operation. I don’t troubleshoot human problems as their how and why is very complex. I do enjoy troubleshooting things mechanical because machines don’t involve emotion in their operation. At least not yet.

Controls have been my specialty for most of my life. The last part of my working career was managing construction projects involving building (the structural kind) energy management systems and making sure they operated as intended. It required intimate knowledge of the why and how mechanical systems operate.

The ability for humans to operate complex systems (operators) and the ability to troubleshoot complex systems […] Continue reading » The Science of Troubleshooting

Website ISP Propaganda

I call misinformation disguised within a planned marketing effort, propaganda. The formal definition is, “Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.”

All media in the United States has become a competition. So, they have become propagandists, rather than true reporters. It has become so dominate in our culture, most people younger than myself are desensitized by the constant exposure, they freely accept the spin on the truth. Fact is now replaced by opinion which is broadcast by medias as fact. Media now invents the news, without concern for truth.

Independent thinking and judging in every […] Continue reading » Website ISP Propaganda

Qualified Person

Edgar Allan Poe

In the construction trades and probably everywhere people perform tangible physical work, there is a term used when safety is being defined. It is the “Qualified Person”. There is no one definition of the term as it is used in a very broad sense. OSHA defines it as:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) CFR Regulation 1910 defines a “qualified person” as “one with a recognized degree or professional certificate and extensive knowledge and experience in the subject field who is capable of design, analysis, evaluation, and specifications in the subject work, project, or product.” OSHA CFR Regulation 1926 defines it as […] Continue reading » Qualified Person

IOT – Internet of Things

Internet Of Things

I stumbled onto and watched an intriguing cable network channel containing programs about Cyber-warfare. As all these specialized channels have become, they are more about drawing in viewers such as myself, than presenting impartial reporting. They all have an agenda, that suits their purpose.

That understood, it still presented a story, many stories , that  need to be heard. Most people will not understand what was shown, but people like myself, raised in a developing world of embedded computing, and have worked in the industry, know exactly what was being said.

Many and perhaps most of the electrical appliances or devices we buy today […] Continue reading » IOT – Internet of Things