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Life on the bleeding edge...

Digital Managing Editor Rick Pedraza and I took a drive in the country this morning to visit B&B Electronics. Regular readers will recall that Gerald Niemi from B&B gave one of the best presentations at the CSIA meeting last month in Memphis.

The Convergence Zone

Seems to me, lately, that a lot of people have ideas that are converging on a pretty clear view of what the future will be like. And, unlike the experimental prototype community of tomorrow (EPCOT, yes?), we have a pretty clear understanding of the near future trends.

Gaaaah! Half a year!

Wohoo! We're through half of 2005 already. Lots has happened. Lots stays the same. Vendors continue to scatter FUD. End users continue to want real help. CONTROL is dedicated to being that help. By the end of the year, the ControlGlobal.com website should be one of the finest reservoirs of...

Birthday blues...

How's that song go? "another day older and deeper in debt?" Well, today's my birthday, and I've been thinking about the time I've spent, in my life, working for causes and organizations. I've actually done a lot of it.

Another in a series of interesting dinners...

Frank Williams was a young kid, fresh out of engineering school, when he fell into the clutches of a not much older Jim Pinto, who was building Action Instruments out of his back bedroom. Serving as Pinto's right hand man for 29 years, Williams went on to high positions at...

German Documentation

One of the few "instrumentation" companies exhibiting at SPS was JUMO Process Control. Almost certainly, JUMO was attracted to SPS because of the German connection. JUMO is little known in the USA, but they make a very large portfolio of recorders, analytical instruments, pressure and temperature sensors.

The lonely WiFi guy...

Buried in a hall full of PLCs and switches, cables and terminals, was the booth of a local Naperville, Ill., company, GridConnect. I spent some time talking WiFi and mesh networking with Rick Rockershousen. You can see the interesting and useful things GridConnect makes at www.gridconnect.com....

Connections...

Remember that great PBS show, "Connections"? The one that showed that modern computing came from making linen, or that the space program came directly from the invention of gunpowder? Well, connections can be really prosaic, too.

What's an SPS?

As Pinto alluded to at dinner last night, the aisles are rather bare at this mini version of the SPS Electrical Automation show from Europe. While the conference sessions appear to be reasonably well attended, the show floor is rather bare.

Pinto's Pointers

Had dinner with Jim Pinto. People think that Pinto is arrogant and opinionated and brash. He is. But it is deserved. Jim is probably one of the ten smartest people I've ever met, and that list includes some really smart people, like Norman O.