Analog is a very unique word for the most part. The one exception I have found was that the freelancer’s website, upwork.com, returns a lot of results with analogy in them. However, I have had very good results in my search results of the word analog.
One such search didn’t yield any results and to this day it bothers me. Once upon a time there were two professors at the University of Arizona trying to push for an analog IC design curriculum. When I caught word that one of them (don’t recall his name) was leaving to pursue study in philosophy, I was greatly saddened. I happened to have his email at the time and inquired as to why he decided to leave. The response was that the political power within the EE department didn’t favor analog design. Having watched the want ads for over 30 years of Electrical Engineering positions, I have never seen a time when analog IC design wasn’t a coveted discipline. This goes for the times when major down turns in engineering were occurring.
I often search jobs by putting the word analog in search terms. Both LinkedIn and Craigslist usually return a wealth of opportunities. I even found business develop opportunities for startups using this search term.
Searching “analog” in Kickstarter results in three basic categories; clocks, sound, and photography. Sound relates to a number of synthesizer projects. There are also recording studio based projects to back. This search definitely narrows down the number of those seeking funding for their ideas in a sea of those requesting financial backing in order to make a dream a reality.
Jumping over to the nostalgic electronics paradise known as ebay, an “All Categories” search for analog is dominated by watches with some synthesizer auctions sprinkled in.
Narrowing the category search down to “ebay motors” still has a lot of watches. In addition to the synthesizer and audio products, a number of gauge related items start popping up. The elusive “working analog automotive clock” that David Letterman once featured on his show didn’t surface in the search results. I remember seeing that skit however I didn’t find a reference to it in a website search. Incidentally those clocks bring big bucks today. There are also “fix-it” industries based on repairing the clocks.
I believe there is a contact point cleaning technique associated with the fix like there are with the old style voltage regulators. I didn’t bother to learn the technique although it was outlined well in my El Camino and my Scout manuals that were written back when English dominated over Engrish. Instead, I chose to swap in an electronic version of the combined voltage regulator and alternator. I did leave the old voltage regulator hooked up and I enjoy the click it makes as the points contact when I turn the key on.