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– Douglas Adams
The Whole Metaphorical Ball of Wax
As discussed previously, here is my digital news writing clip file in its entirety: all of it that is hosted here, unsorted, except by chronological order, page after page. Blog posts, editorials and columns, news stories — a veritable Fourth Estate kit and kaboodle (as opposed to a wax ball), as it were.
Again, if you seek some granularity, try the links in the menu above, or the category drop down and tag list over on your right.
Well, it’s been a week since I’ve returned to the United States from my month in China, and I finally seem to be back on a Western hemisphere rhythm. For several days following my return home to West Virginia, after a few days in the office on the left coast, I could not stay up past 8 p.m. I would try and try to stay awake, but to no avail, promptly waking up 3:15 a.m. or so. But that’s the rather mundane aspect of my experience; after a month in China some of the things that I would normally take for granted seem strange....read more
HONG KONG — Boy oh boy, what a place to end a month-long Chinese sojourn. I arrived here this afternoon; the sun is setting on my last night in China. But then Hong Kong isn’t really China, in the same sense that San Francisco isn’t really the United States. It’s in the United States, but it isn’t an American city. Just like no country can really claim its bustling port cities as their own, it’s clear even after just a few hours that Hong Kong is a unique place. Hong Kong isn’t Chinese, it’s...read more
SHENZHEN, China — Software is a hard sell in China — in a country that understands the physical aspects of manufacturing inside and out, the concepts surrounding software are perhaps somewhat esoteric. Furthermore, while system integration is something the Chinese technology industry is adept at, design is still relatively weak by comparison. This may make China an unlikely place to launch an embedded software and hardware company centered on microcontroller development kits, but on the other hand, that would make you the only...read more
SHENZHEN, China — It seems wherever you go in China’s cities, north south, east or west, business and government are looking for foreign partners and investments. Start-ups, local and central government, well-established domestic companies alike, all discuss the possibilities of establishing a win-win relationship with companies from the West, particularly the United States. These efforts are still relatively nascent in China’s chip industry, with a few notable exceptions like foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing...read more
SHENZHEN, China — I was just going through the comments section of this blog to make sure all of the submitted comments had been cleared, when I came across one in an earlier post that was still pending. You see, in order to keep out spam and profanity, we review all the comments that are submitted prior to them appearing live on the site. And it was the straw that broke my metaphorical camel’s back. You can find it here. But it doesn’t really matter; there have been similar ridiculous comments. Being a journalist, I’m...read more
CHENGDU, China — While in China this past month, Electronic News Editor Jeff Chappell sat down with the founder and current board chairman of Chengdu Kingtype (Electronic) Group Co. Long Yon Gaing to talk about China, its burgeoning electronics industry, standards, and, specifically, the market for cable, digital and satellite television electronics. Kingtype, the biggest manufacturer of CATV equipment in China, is one of the first domestic, privately held companies to form under China’s economic reforms of the early 1990s. In...read more