Planet Analog is back

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.

15 comments on “Planet Analog is back

  1. Martin Rowe
    September 4, 2019

    We’re getting our act together.

  2. Bill_Jaffa
    September 4, 2019

    Welcome aboard and to the reality-based world of analog (much like test and measurement, in many ways, of course). And thanks for the historical recap, too!–yes, it has been a long and indeed strange trip for all!

  3. Martin Rowe
    September 4, 2019

    You can make text bold by adding the HTML strong tag, like this. Oh wait, you can add an image from a URL.
    I’ll have to write an article on how to use the new site after I’ve had enough time to play around. In the meantime, Post “how to” comments here. I’ll compile them in my article. Here’s an image. Click on it to see the article from which is comes from “Repair: HP34401A capacitor failure.”
    HP34401A board

    • Martin Rowe
      September 4, 2019

      Look at the nice wide column. That will make reading schematics and plots much easier. Far fewer will need to be links to a full-size version. The old PA column width was 500 pixels. Now we’re at 770. Contributors, please send images at 800 pixels wide when possible.

  4. willer
    September 4, 2019


  5. Martin Rowe
    September 5, 2019


    Because we now have a much wider column, let’s take advantage of it. When possible, please send images that are at least 800 pixels wide. If they don’t need to be that large, I’ll shrink them. For images were you need to see the details (large schematics and scope screens or data plots), I like them even larger. That is 1200 to 1800 pixels wide. Where needed, I’ll make the smaller images live links to open the full size in a new window.

  6. Andy_I
    September 11, 2019

    I don’t get today’s “Protected Post” by Bill Schweber.

    I get it that it’s some sort of joke. But what is the joke? Am I that dense, in my old age?

    And no comments either? (Hence I had to post here.)

  7. Andy_I
    September 11, 2019

    I also miss the weekly+ Planet Analog newsletters in my email. It’s been 3 weeks. Nada.

    • MeasurementBlues
      September 27, 2019

      Newsletters have started up again. Next one October 2.

  8. Martin Rowe
    September 13, 2019

    We’re working on adding features to PA and workarounds where we can. Our IT team has been very responsive.

    • MeasurementBlues
      October 15, 2019

      We’ve added Print and PDF buttons in the upper right of each article page.

  9. bpaddock
    September 18, 2019

    “Your account has been disabled. Please contact Pardot Support (“/ / ,,,”) to have your account re-enabled.”

    Is the result of clicking on any email link from any of the old PA emails.
    Is it the intent that all past content is gone?
    As a lot of good reference material there.

    • Martin Rowe
      September 18, 2019

      All past content was brought over. It’s still there. Even the old URLs are mapped to the new style.

  10. Martin Rowe
    September 18, 2019

    Newsletters went out today. Did you receive your copy?

  11. MeasurementBlues
    October 15, 2019

    We’ve repopulated Kendall Castor-Perry’s The Filter Wizard Remastered with his articles. Slide down the right hand side of the home page and click on the drop-down Categories list.

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