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RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling
2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed
formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit
design engineer. The World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at
the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps
while tying up your telephone line, and a nice lady's voice announced "You've Got
Mail" when a new message arrived...
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RF Cafe Forums closed its virtual doors in 2012 mainly due to other social media
platforms dominating public commenting venues. RF Cafe Forums began sometime around
August of 2003 and was quite well-attended for many years. By 2010, Facebook and
Twitter were overwhelmingly dominating online personal interaction, and RF Cafe
Forums activity dropped off precipitously. If the folks at
phpBB would release a version with integrated
sign-in from the major social media platforms, I would resurrect the RF Cafe Forums,
but until then it is probably not worth the effort. Regardless, there are still
lots of great posts in the archive that ware worth looking at.
Below are the old forum threads, including responses to the original posts.
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Post subject: I need a job!
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 29,
2004 6:28 pm
If you know that your company has any opening position
of RF electrical Engineer please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fri Jul 30, 2004 5:40 am
When everybody is layed off, there
is nobody to pay taxes. That's good. We are two.
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 14,
2004 6:57 pm
A helluva lot more than two...
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2004 11:19 am
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Erie, PA
A helluva lot more than two...
The Bush Economy II.
A little intellectual honesty will
recognize that any real or perceived poor economy is due to (1) the
deflated tech stock bubble from the late 1990s and the ensuing massive
reformation of accounting practices and (2) the fiscal and human cost
of fighting terrorism around the world. The entire world was complicit
in facilitating both, but blame is laid solely at America's doorstep.
By consistent measures, the economy and employment are robust. Check
General Accounting Office and Department of Labor websites if you want
unfiltered numbers. Compare them to the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Anyone with more than a 6th grade education that lost his shirt
in the tech bubble burst in 1999-2000 has no one to blame but himself.
Warnings persisted daily, but gamblers bet the farm - and lost. Now
you want to blame Bush. Maybe it's just denial, projection or most likely,
pure irrational hatred.
IMHO, if the civilized world would band
together and purge the roots of terrorism (including the corrupt U.N.),
we would all benefit beyond anyone's imagination. Many choose to abet
terrorism by remaining pacifists, merely prolonging the day that they
too will succumb to its methods and endangering the rest of us all the
while. Resources that could be spent on research & development are
diverted to fly-swatting at Bin Laden's minions, et al, while trying
not to offend the appeasers.
To reassert an RF Cafe Notable Quote,
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to
do nothing." - Edmund Burke
- Kirt Blattenberger :smt024
Post subject: I'm third
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 12:36 am
Nice words Kirt.
I just read the history of mehirs and Crystal Night.
Post subject: jobless in america
Thu Oct 21, 2004 7:30 pm
There is no reason for RF/electrical
engineers to be unemployed at this point in time....there are plenty
of design/production/testing slots open with ANY major defense contractor.
Lockheed, Boeing, Northrop Grumman. May need to broaden your concentration
a little, but there are plenty of jobs out there. Might not be 5 minutes
from your door, may even need to relocate, but they are there!
Bulldog not a Poodle
postPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:28 pm
very interesting but also
crap - imho. Funny when the soviets lost 20 million in ww2 we were so
surprised by their paranoia- remember the cold war, KGB, gulags?. Yet
2000 dead and the world is turned on its head and we have camp delta,
abu graib, afghan war, iraqi war, finger printing, phone tapping, ......
Kirt, I vividly remember telling you that the WMD threat from iraq
was non existaent for which you asserted that they were there and were
an imminent threat at least to israel– today hundreds of thousand of
deaths later you lot have concluded the same!
stated that your president is so very clever that he is drawing out
and fighting the terrorist in Iraq rather than having to deal with them
in the USA. However, even the CIA would say there was no Islamic terrorism
in Iraq before the invasion – The mind boggling question therefore is
“did you all ask the Iraqi's if they minded you lot using their country
as a crucible to fight your war on terror?
Q.Is the world safer
as a result – A. Not unless you live in cloud cuckoo land.
we winning the war on terror – A. anything but that.
Q. What are
we then achieving – A. Easy, doing bin ladens bidding for him.
Regarding your economy: Your dollar is at an all time low, and with
that you influence and wealth – remember the fate of Great Britain's
pound after two world wars?
Everyone ready for the RMB?
Post subject: Jobs
Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:54 am
Hittite Microwave Corporation is hiring.
I would go online and send a resume in.
As far as bulldog, well
he is just one Brit who does have a clue.. Tony Blair at least has the
sense to see what is required to protect his people.
Bulldog not a Poodle
Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:34 pm
Post subject: Watch ABC 20/20
Thu Feb 03, 2005 3:31 am
Watch ABC 20/20
Takes on Myths, Lies and Nasty Behavior
No. 4 — MYTH:
Outsourcing Is Bad for American Workers[/b]
We've been hearing
a lot lately about how American workers are suffering because companies
are "outsourcing" their jobs to other countries. During the presidential
campaign, both President Bush and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., told voters
they were concerned about keeping jobs here at home. And CNN anchor
Lou Dobbs has made complaints about outsourcing a running theme of his
nightly news program.
Dobbs' new book, "Exporting
America," says the government should limit free trade and immediately
outlaw outsourcing of government contracts.
of cheap labor, we're destroying our middle class. That is just stupid,"
Dobbs said, adding, "Being stupid is un-American."
a second. It's restricting outsourcing that would be un-American and
You may not like it that someone in India takes
your customer service call, but outsourcing helps the middle class by
bringing lower prices and faster service. Take E-Loan, for example.
It gives customers a choice of whether to get their loan paperwork processed
in America in 12 days or in India in 10 days. An incredible 87 percent
of customers in the United States choose the faster loan processing
offered by sending their paperwork to India.
at clothing — lots of it is made abroad these days — and Lou Dobbs sees
that as a terrible thing. "This country cannot even clothe itself. Ninety-six
percent of our apparel is imported," he said.
OK. We have more choices for less money. The Labor Department's price
index for clothing has been going down and down over the past decade.
But still, what about all those American workers who lose
their jobs to people overseas? We asked the AFL-CIO labor federation
for some of their best examples of outsourcing and the first people
they referred us to were Shirley and Ronnie Barnard. They both lost
their jobs when a Levi's plant in Powell, Tenn., closed down two years
ago and moved production to Mexico.
The Barnards say
keeping their heads above water has been a struggle. Shirley told us
about her frustrations, saying, "You've done something for 20 years,
got up, went to work every day, and then all of a sudden you don't have
any place to go and nobody needs you anymore."
Bill Portelli, who runs the California-based company
Collabnet, says outsourcing has helped him keep his company alive in
the United States. He has hired programmers in India who are paid less
than half what he would have to pay American programmers. "It doesn't
cheat Americans out of jobs. If I hadn't hired the people in India,
I would have had to lay people off," he said.
end up laying any Americans off as a result of outsourcing, because
outsourcing saved Collabnet so much money the company was able to expand
in America. "Basically I've created jobs in America. I built better
products, created jobs, been able to raise salaries," Portelli said.
A Dartmouth study found that outsourcers actually create
jobs in America at a faster rate than companies that don't outsource.
The same study found that companies that outsourced abroad ended up
hiring twice as many workers at home.
creates opportunity. It's easy to see the pain of the workers who are
laid off; it's harder to see the benefits of free trade, because those
benefits aren't news.
It's true that in the last four
years, America has lost more than 1 million jobs, but those were years
when we had a recession. Look at the big picture. Since 1992, America
has lost 361 million jobs, but during that same time we also gained
380 million jobs. Millions more than we lost.
be hopeful for people like Shirley and Ronnie Barnard. While it's true
that they had to dig into savings and still worry about their long-term
security, last year Shirley Barnard eventually found a new job as a
secretary. The new position pays more than her old job at Levi's, and
the Levi's work was harder — hot, noisy and physically difficult. She
says that her new job is much easier.
Her husband and
some other former co-workers are still looking for work, but she told
us some of her former Levi's colleagues are now working in better jobs
than they had before. "Some of them have got, really got excellent jobs
that they would never have even left Levi's for if the plant hadn't
closed," she said.
And what happened to that Levi's plant?
It's now being converted to a college. There will be new jobs for faculty
and administrative staff, and right now there are construction jobs
for workers building the new campus. This won't be talked about on the
evening news, but these jobs are a product of outsourcing too.
Still, people like Lou Dobbs talk about the outsourcing
crisis. However, in reality outsourcing is not a crisis. The crisis
will only come if we try to stop it.