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February 8, 2002

Just finished a number of site updates, including a new subscriber article on the outlook for 2002. If you aren't a subscriber yet, visit the subscriber information page for details and a sample article (also freshly updated).
posted 14:40 |

February 7, 2002

The world may be darker now than it was last February, but things have still improved quite a bit in recent memory. Thirteen years ago yesterday, Chris Gueffroy was the last person shot trying to get over the Berlin Wall. The Wall came down later that year, and now you have to look pretty hard to even find where it was.

(Link by way of Instapundit.)
posted 19:57 |

When phone lines and cell networks were jammed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, email still got through. A new study by the UCLA Internet project suggests that more and more people are using email to maintain long-distance relationships.
posted 10:29 |
Thanks to recent price increases, it looks like memory chips are worth stealing again. Thieves stole chips worth US$200,000 from a Fountain Valley, CA electronics company. The theft involved chips, not memory modules, meaning that the eventual recipient will need to have module assembly facilities. Be careful what you buy on the gray market.
posted 10:06 |

February 6, 2002

Keep those cards and letters coming... The FTC announced a "systematic attack on fraudulent and deceptive spam," including email with bogus opt-out links. It decided to take action in part because it receives approximately 10,000 forwarded pieces of junk email per day from irate consumers. You can forward unsolicited commercial email to

(Link by way of English Blog.)
posted 20:28 |

February 4, 2002

Many thanks to for permission to use one of their graphics in my next article for Semiconductor Magazine. If you're at all interested in LEDs, the site is definitely worth a visit. Full of information from basic physical data to minutia of LED design.
posted 14:09 |
From the mailbag:
KLA-Tencor announced a non-destructive backside inspection module for its Surfscan SP1 system. According to the company, backside defects can account for as much as 10% of a fab's baseline yield loss.
posted 13:46 |

February 3, 2002

Interesting article about University of Chicago professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's research on characteristics of exceptionally creative people. I was especially intrigued by the way creative people seem to manifest supposedly contradictory personality traits like playfulness and discipline, rebelliousness and conservatism (in the nonpolitical sense), passion and objectivity.

(Link by way of synthetic zero.)
posted 23:11 |

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