As many of you know, Steve Taranovich is no longer the editor of Planet Analog. You’re stuck with me. Of course, many of you know me from my previous lives at Test & Measurement World, The (fiasco) Connecting Edge, EDN, and EE Times. Oh yes, I’m still at EDN and EE Times, but now I also have Steve’s Analog and Power Design Centers to run in addition to my “day job” covering test & measurement.
Don’t expect big changes here at PA. We’ll still post your blogs, tutorials, circuit analysis, and design articles. You might not hear from me as much as you did Steve because I’m probably posting articles on EDN or EE Times.
As for the new look, it’s new to me too and just like you, I’m trying to figure out how the site works. The content-management system (CMS) is completely different. In the previous iteration, we had a proprietary system created by the previous owner of this site. It was rude and crude. Now we’re using WordPress, which is new for me so I’ll just have to figure it out as I go along.
For those of you who don’t know me, I started in this business in 1992 as technical editor for Test & Measurement World which was, of course, a print magazine at the time. Prior to that, I spent twelve years in industry, starting with Analog Devices. After ADI, I worked for two companies in the semiconductor equipment business and then two companies in the industrial measurement and control business.
T&MW’s last print edition appeared in July 2012. A year later, the online content moved to EDN.
On October 29, 2012, I took over The Connecting Edge, running it for about a year. Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast that day. Being in Boston (city of champions), I was essentially unaffected. When the Connecting Edge (thankfully) folded on 2013, I took over T&M for EDN and EE Times.
During those first 20 years, T&MW, EDN, and Design News were sold three times. In 1992, we were part of Cahners Publishing Company of Boston, a division of U.K. publisher Reed Publishing. Reed merged with Elsevier to become Reed Elsevier. Over time, these publication appeared under names such as Reed Publishing, Cahners Business Information, and Reed Business Information. There were so many changes that we referred to the CEO, division manager, or group publisher as “manager of the month.” That continued for some time. In February 2010, Reed sold T&MW, EDN, and DN to Canon Communications based in Los Angeles. In October of the same year, UBM acquired the whole of Canon. Having already owned the former CMP, UBM had EE Times and PA; we all became one group. In August 2016, UBM sold EDN, EE Times, PA, and other sites to Aspencore, keeping Design News.
Are you wondering about my blue picture? Click on it and you’ll understand.
It’s been a long, strange trip that’s not over yet.