For those of you that don't know, Bob Pease, author of Analog Circuits and Troubleshooting Analog Circuits , is an icon in the analog design world and his Pease Porridge section in Electronic Design Magazine has been going on for longer than I've been an engineer, and possibly longer than I've been alive. Well, this recession claimed another victim and he got laid off from National Semi. It's understandable if National were going bankrupt, but they just bought another company. They could at least have given him a nice emeritus title and let him keep his National Semi email address instead of simply handing him a pink slip. What a stupid decision by corporate management to lay off a world renowned, highly-respected, analog guru at an analog/mixed-signal company.

I just felt I needed to rant about that. It really bugs me...