Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 14/03/2017 - 00:00
When you want to raise some money (from the bank, your long suffering business associates or unsuspecting friends) for your next engineering or technology venture – no matter how big or small - there are some items you should remember...
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 07/03/2017 - 00:00
Being an objective engineer, I have always been cautious about (whether soft signals from) body language have much impact on how you are perceived but I must say ongoing research shows that it does have a huge impact.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 21/02/2017 - 00:00
You will all sigh knowingly when you think of engineering meetings. Often a huge waste of time where the boss holds forth and gives everyone a lecture and participation is rather fractured. Personally I try and avoid them as I have had such bad experiences over the years with them often being unproductive.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 14/02/2017 - 00:00
As a young lad or lass - can you remember your first project? I clearly remember my first one - building a crystal radio. Laboriously purchasing all the components (which admittedly weren’t many – a few capacitors/coils/resistors/ headset and a torturously long piece of wire for the antenna). It was simply amazing when...
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 07/02/2017 - 00:00
In the old days – we couldn’t survive without decent filters on our camera to take a good photo. However, today much can be done digitally after the photo has been taken and the filtering and photo enhancement done later. As long as you have grabbed...
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 31/01/2017 - 00:00
We often incorrectly figure that equilibrium means a static ‘we-have-arrived-in-a-state-of-peace’ state. Nothing could be further from the truth. Equilibrium represents an active and dynamic balancing act. At all times.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 24/01/2017 - 00:00
I believe engineering professionals have a fundamental contradiction in their careers. They have to be obsessed with being absolutely meticulous, precise and have an enthusiasm for detail in their engineering work. However, in order to be successful – they have to communicate...
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 17/01/2017 - 15:10
As a young engineer I used to sometimes ponder on the long torturous career (ladder) path one could follow in ‘the firm’ – no matter whether you were an electrician, technician or engineer. I worked for a huge company (De Beers) mining and selling gem diamonds with billions of dollars of revenue and which had been around for over a 100 years.