William L. Weaver, Ph.D.
Ranger. Scouting the Adjacent Possible.
eBook I Self-published eBook containing my Technology Columns
In the winter of 1999, my career was firing on all cylinders. Our small defense contracting company had
successfully broken off from its much larger parent as that company continued to shrink toward 10% of the
maximum size it had during the “Reagan 80s”. Our core technology development team was working on several
new optical diagnostics for data acquisition and the demand for our expertise was on the rise. We fell into a pattern
that involved presenting our latest results at national conferences, meeting with existing and potential clients about
their current measurement challenges, visiting client facilities to reconnoiter the situation and meet with their scientists
and engineers, returning to our laboratories to develop new transducers, equipment, and software, and then traveling
to our client facilities to deploy our solutions and collect data, that we later presented at the next round of national conferences.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
While this was a fantastic circumstance for our little team of three Ph.D.-level Analytical Chemists and a
hands-on technician who actually knew how to assemble our fanciful inventions, the rockstar lifestyle left little room for
family among the very needy LASERs, beakers, oscilloscopes, actuators, and lines of code. Independently, our trio of
acquisition guys began entertaining other opportunities as we could all see the scorch marks on the wall of our
impending crash and burn. My teammates accepted positions with NASA and I decided that since my family
and I were changing states to move back closer to the Grandparents, I might as well change sectors and
try my hand at education -- with the hope of spending long semester-breaks with my wife and kids.
Soon after accepting an Assistant Professor position at La Salle University, I was contacted by Scientific Computing and
Instrumentation magazine with an invitation to contribute a monthly article on the broad topic of data acquisition.
This work is a collection of those articles that were published between April 2000 through May 2009. In October 2005,
the magazine dropped the “instrumentation” and became simply Scientific Computing. September 2007 was the last monthly
installment of the column and the magazine began bimonthly issues in September 2008. Since the May/June 2009 issue
I have been contributing feature articles to Scientific Computing and HPC Source, a periodical on the topic of
high-performance computing. Both publications are now in digital format and available at www.scientificcomputing.com.
I continue to marvel at the rapid pace of scientific discovery and technology development. I hope you find the following
eighty-nine articles useful and perhaps entertaining. The topics parallel many of the development threads that appeared
throughout the first decade of the 21st century. They represent my own narrative of the decade as it was unfolding.
I don’t believe they could be considered authoritative, but just the views from someone who was there.
I heartily welcome your thoughts and criticisms.
A Decade of Innovation I Technology from the First Decade of the 21st Century
William L. Weaver, Ph.D.
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January 4, 2013
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