Archive for July, 2008


European joint venture to rule the (air)waves

The short history of the European semiconductor industry is nothing if not colourful. And while the conflicts that have shaped it may not have been as bloody as those that preceded the formation of today’s European Union, relationships between companies with strong national ties are seldom all sweetness and light. (more…)


The enduring appeal of the paper catalogue

One of the most intriguing aspects of running a website like Electronicstalk is that (unlike almost any other medium) you can never really know your audience. And while it is true that we do have a core of readers who have embraced the “Talk” site ethos over the years by subscribing to our newsletters and other services, our latest research indicates that as much as 80% of our (human) website traffic now comes from outside our established readership base. (more…)


How could we live without the web?

The past week has provided ample evidence (should anyone require it) of the all pervasive nature of the Internet in the way we all do business today. (more…)


Lies, damned lies and statistics

One of my oldest friends is a statistician, and I have to confess that I have never really been able to work out why such a profession exists. Indeed, whether you attribute the popularisation of the classic “Lies, damned lies and statistics” line to former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli or to its subsequent use by US author Mark Twain, it seems the knives have been out for the statisticians for an awfully long time. (more…)


Photovoltaic investment just in time

Conspiracy theorists have long held that the global oil industry has been suppressing innovation for decades. A typical scenario would be that Professor X stumbles across a new cheap sustainable fuel source in his lab, he seeks support from the energy industry to develop it and then retires to his mysteriously acquired private Pacific island (or disappears entirely) while the miracle fuel source similarly disappears from all known records. (more…)

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Electronicstalk and this Editor's Blog are edited by Laurence Marchini

Laurence Marchini

Laurence Marchini began his career in the electronics press with the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1980, cutting his teeth on a variety of learned and member publications, ranging from IEE Proceedings to Electronics and Power. He moved on to join the launch team of the innovative weekly Electronics Express in 1986, and became Editor just 18 months later. Sadly, Electronics Express lasted just four and a half years, wound up by the infamous Robert Maxwell. However, Laurence had already jumped ship and joined the world of electronics PR with the agency of the 1990s, Smith and Jones Communications. It seemed Laurence was lost to the world of journalism. But after 11 years we managed to lure him back as launch editor of Electronicstalk. Laurence is married to Sally and has a young son, Alexander.

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