The News Page

Welcome to the news page. This page contains site wide news and announcements. The student, employer, educator, consultant, and staff areas each have their own separate news page.

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February 27, 2009

Well it has been awhile. I have added several courses to the course catalog, and have been making other changes behind the scenes to make work better.

A new section has been added to the course catalog "Calibration Lab Practice." In this section of the course catalog courses that have to due with the running of a calibration lab, based on existing standards. The first two courses added to this section are"

There are other courses in this series that are under development. In addition to these courses, the following have also been added to the course catalog:

The last of these is the first of a four-part series that is under development.

November 26,2008

I really need to keep up the news. Many courses have been added to the course catalog since the last entry, namely:

As you can see we have been busy with course development, but a little behind in keeping up with the news.

We are really interested in your feedback, especially on what courses you would like to see developed next. Let us know what you would like to see. Until Jan 1, 2009, we will offer a 1 month extension of your account for each unique course suggestion, if the suggestion is complete and consistent with the type of technical content we plan on delivering.

We are also looking for help in the following areas:

  • Writing of course content
  • Writing of technical articles and test equipment reviews
  • Course testing and evaluation

We will be willing to provide some compensation depending on what is provided. For test equipment reviews, we will pay $10/review if we decide to use it. Technical articles and course content will be agreed upon in advance, and unsolicited articles we will pay $10 each if we decide to accept it. Payment for course testing and evaluation depends on the thoroughness of the review, minimum payment being a 1 month subscription extension. If you would like to suggest any service in particular that you can provide to make this service better, write us a proposal. These offers last until Jan 1, 2009.

September 19, 2008

Due to a server problem, several accounts had their expiration dates set to Jan 1, 1970. The cause of this problem was discovered and fixed. As a result many of you now have more time on your accounts than before. I am sorry for the inconvenience, if there are any further problems, let me know.

June 15, 2008

The following course has been added to the course catalog:

All who have received certifications of any type from the ASQ are required to abide by the code of ethics. This is part of the ASQ CCT program, but will be part of any ASQ prep program we may put together.

You may have noticed the quick links added to the front page of the site. This was something requested by one of our customers. Please keep those suggestions coming.

May 31, 2008

There have been even more changes implemented in the last month. We still are working on finishing the quality tools courses, there are two of the eight that remain to be finished. Those will be finished shortly.

We have added the following course to the course catalog in the last month:

This course is a basic introduction to the spectrum analyzer and some of its basic controls. This course is meant to be the foundation for a series of courses on measurements that can be made with the spectrum analyzer.

April 19, 2008

A lot has happened in the last three months, as you have seen, we have been concentrating on building courses for the ASQ CCT preparation program. To that end we have started building a series of courses on the seven basic tools of quality, the check sheet, the histogram, the scatter diagram, the Pareto diagram, the cause and effect (or fishbone) diagram, the control chart, and the flowchart. A series of eight courses is being developed for this purpose:

As of this date four of the eight courses have been completed, and it is anticipated that they should all be completed by the end of May. As with all courses, they will grow and change based on user feedback, so please feel free to comment on each course to make them better suit your needs. These courses will be added to the ASQ CCT preparation program as they are completed.

We are looking for a few good people out there who would be willing to write some material for us. We will offer free access for you and some of your fellow employees, as well as other compensation, if you are willing to write course material, write an article, or provide some input. If you are interested, register as a student, and then follow the instructions to become part of our consultant network. Let us know in your e-mail what you would be interested in contributing, and we will send you the details. We also are posting requests for bids on developing course material, so check that out if you are interested.

I am paying $10(US) each for surveys on courses, up to six per individual, with the particular individuals chosen randomly from the interested parties. Once you register as a student and send an email indicating your interest, if you are selected, we will e-mail you with the details. It could be a relatively easy way to make $60(US). Offer limited at this time to US residents, although we would like to expand the surveys to other countries shortly.

February 10, 2008

A new course has been added to the course catalog MATH51 - Applied Statistics for Calibration Technicians.

A new program has been added as well PANT101 - Basic Antenna Measurement Program, which groups a series of courses related to basic antenna measurement.

As you may have noticed, we are beginning a new redesign of the site. We will be making minor changes over the next several months to bring some more features online.

January 25, 2008

A new feature has been implemented today, Programs. Programs are groups of courses that are related to a particular topic. The first program we are implementing is for all courses that cover the body of knowledge of the ASQ Certified Calibration Technician exam. Stay tuned as we add more programs.

Just as each employer can have their own courses, we are planning to implement the ability for employers to create their own programs. The plan is to have this implemented by March 1. In the meantime we would be open to suggestions on how to implement this feature.

October 17, 2007

As you may have noticed there have been many subtle changes over the last month on the website. This is a prelude to some new functionality we are planning to add to the site in the next month or so.

As you probably noticed there is a sort option added to your "My Courses" page that shows what courses you are registered for. There will be more sort methods added in the future. This feature is useful if you are signed up for a large number of classes.

You may have noticed a "Due Date" column in your "My Course" page as well. This is a new feature being developed. Designated employers and educators will be able to add a due date to classes, and track which students have completed the assigned courses or not. When this capability is fully functional, the ability for the student to add their own due dates will be added.

In the last month the course EE121 - Intermediate DC Circuit Theory has been added to the course catalog.

Course development is continuing as always. In fact our priorities on course development has been changed over our initial plan because of user feedback. We are now working on a series of courses based on user requests. If you have any topics you would like to see us offer training in, please let us know, it really does guide what courses we develop next. The squeaky wheel really does get the grease!

September 14, 2007

Today I brought the store online. The store can be found at We plan on adding products as we go, primarily training manuals, DVD's of the podcast, and training videos. It is all functional, but we are still building, and some images may have problems for awhile. We would love some comments on this, we are trying to match it with the site design.

You may have noticed changes in the site design. We are slowly making changes to make a consistent look-and-feel across the store, the podcast, the student, consultant, and educator areas. These changes are a result of feedback from others, and we hope it will make all our sites easier to use.

September 13,2007

A press release was sent out today: Announcing the Online Training and Consulting Service The purpose of this press release was to make more people aware of the service.

September 9, 2007

A new course PERL103 - Perl, Forms, and CGI has been added to the course catalog. This is the third in our series of Perl programming courses.

September 8, 2007

The following courses have been added to the course catalog in the last month:

Course development is continuing, and we are also working on adding new features to the site. As always your feedback would be appreciated on what you would like to see here.

August 8, 2007

You may have noticed some changes on the website. We are in the process of a slight redesign based on feedback I have received. There are more coming!

Course development is continuing as always. We are hoping to complete three new courses this month.

The free 1-year trial period has now ended. Currently all accounts begin with a free 2-week trial period, and if wishing to continue taking courses, one must subscribe at a rate of $5/month. We still will use services in lieu of cash, so if you can contribute in some manner, an article, course material, or some services such as graphic artist, programmer, etc., let us know and we will gladly provide a free year of subscriptions if you can help us out.

July 7, 2007

It has been awhile since updating the news page. We have been busy. Several new courses have been added to the catalog. We will not go over that here, but check out the catalog to see what we have been up to. The catalog is growing, and a number of courses are currently under development.

Due to a suggestion, the course catalog that can be accessed without logging into your account has been modified so that now it can be used to register for a course if you have an account, or to register for a student account if needed. Of course, you still need to log into your account and access the course catalog in the student area to register for any employer-specific courses.

We really need more feedback from you out there on what to do next. Let us know if there is any topics that you want us to develop training material, or if you want us to cover some topic in our video podcast. Let us know if there is any feature you would like us to add to our site. The best improvements we have made to this site have all been from user suggestions. So contact us and make your suggestion or request today!

April 12, 2007

A new feature has been added to the website. Now when taking a course, in the lower right hand corner of the browser windows, most courses show a "page x of y" indication. This was a feature that was requested by a student so that he could judge how far through the course he was. Not all courses have this, but that will be rectified shortly. Keep those suggestions coming!

Two new courses have been added to the course catalog. First in the Open Source Software category added FINK101 - Introduction to Fink. Fink is open source software for the Mac OS X operating system that automatically installs open source software.

In our measurement related courses we added the course MEAS120 - Basic DC Measurements.

March 13, 2007

We added a new category of courses, Open Source Software, where we will put short courses on open source software we find useful. The first course in this category is XMGRACE101 - Introduction to xmgrace. The xmgrace software is a graphing package for plotting data.

Also added to the course catalog was UNC201 = Uncertainty analysis of Complex-Valued Measurands.

February 15, 2007

A course that is under development has been added to the course catalog in order to get some feedback. This is MEAS106 - SI Units - The Kelvin. We would like some feedback of what you would like to see in this course.

We have a new section to the resources page, the Free Publications page where there are links to literally hundreds of free trade publications. Please register for these publications if you think they can be of use, it will help keep us to maintain this site and develop further podcasts.

February 1, 2007

A new course has been added to the course catalog - MEAS104 - SI Units - The kilogram. This is the third of a seven part series of courses on the SI system. Oddly enough, the fourth in the series was completed first.

There has been progress with our podcast on We now have three episodes, and currently editing the fourth. We will be shooting the fifth episode this weekend. The podcast is available on iTunes, Podcast Alley, and Blubrry. Hopefully we will be listed soon in the Yahoo podcast directory. We are looking for suggestions, watch the podcast and follow the directions given to give us feedback.

January 6, 2007

Well our first video podcast is out. It can be found at One can also get to the podcast by clicking on the icon in the menu bar above. We still have some work to do to get this into iTunes, and other distribution channels. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

An additional benefit of those who would join our consultant network, we will provide an opportunity for an interview on our podcast. This interview can be used to describe what services you offer as a consultant.

Course development is continuing as always. Things have slowed a little as we are simultaneously developing web courses and video content. We would like more feedback on what courses are priorities for you, please send an e-mail to or fill our our suggest a course page with suggestions on what courses you would like to see us develop.

December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!

Thought it was time to give an end of year update on where we are and when we are going. We are working on getting the podcast going. It should be started next year, it is taking a little longer to get started than we anticipated. There are several courses under development, two of which are being developed while still in the catalog. These are MATH119 and MATH120. We decided to keep these in the catalog while developing in order to get comments on where these courses are going.

For the new year, in addition to developing new on-line content, we will be developing video content. This includes the podcast, training videos which will be sold on the site, and video course content that will be on the website. We will also be trying to build our consultant network to be more of a resource. We want to provide training and consulting services in a wider range of areas next year.

November 19, 2006

The fourth in a series of seven courses on the SI base units was added today. MEAS105 - SI Units - The Ampere. Please check it out and comment.

We are starting to build our sister site This site will be where we put our video podcast once we are going, as well as a measurement related blog. We have purchased most of the hardware required to produce the podcast and associated training videos, and have mostly completed our basic recording studio. Stay tuned!

November 11,2006

The second of a series of three courses on the Perl language and CGI has been added to the course catalog today. The new course is PERL102 - Basic Perl and CGI. Other courses are still under development, and should be released shortly.

October 15, 2006

A new feature has been added to the website, you may have noticed the addition of a Calculators image in the menu bar above. This will take you to our new calculators page. This page contains links to calculators that supplement course material, and hopefully useful in their own right. There are several currently under development for several courses also under development.

Please give us feedback. If there is a specific type of calculator that would be useful for you, let us know and we will add it to our list to develop. That is also true about any aspect of this site, if there is something you would like to see us do, let us know!

October 5, 2006

We are pleased to anounce the course PERL101 - Introduction to Perl has been added to our course catalog. This is the first in a series of courses that is being developed for the Perl language. We plan on adding other programming language courses if there is a demand.

We have been working on other courses in the interim, we are hopeful of having at least two more courses complete by the end of this month. We also have been working on error handling on the site, which has been a minor issue, but we have nearly completed the planned upgrades.

September 26, 2006

Still working on infrastructure and new features. Two courses have been added to the course catalog:

  • INST200 - Introduction to the Oscilloscope
  • MEAS450 - Basic Far-Field Antenna Measurement

Of course we are always developing new course content. We welcome to our consulting network and staff the following individuals:

Gregg Cornell, Independent Consultant/Instructor
Gregg Cornell

Eckard Natter, Independent Consultant
Eckard Natter

Click on their images for more information. The addition of these individuals is welcome. We hope to be increasing the offerings at at a faster pace with these individuals.

September 9, 2006

Over the last month we have been working on some of the site infrastructure and building some new features. You may have noticed that the number of days left on your subscription(s) are shown in each of the areas. This is the most visible improvement. Course development has been continuing, and hopefully we will add two more courses to the catalog in the next month.

On the homepage there is a link to a flash video on how to take one of our courses. This is the first of the video content we are working on.

August 11, 2006

Found an error with the educator and employer registration scripts that has not been noticed for several months. This explains why some of your registrations have had problems. Sorry about that, we have just understood the problem for a few days. This time the fix was more thoroughly tested, so we think we have the problem resolved.

You may have noticed some subtle changes on the site over the last month or so. We are slowly moving forward with our plans for the site, and hopefully there will be a few new features coming out in the next few months.

We need more beta testers! If you are willing to be a course beta tester or a feature beta tester, please let us know. We will give you a free account, and access to all the courses that are under development.

July 25,2006

Progress has been slow this month. Several bugs were fixed in the last few weeks, primarily in the student area. Also there has been some improvement in the employer and consultant areas of this site. Course development is continuing as always.

July 9, 2006

Three new courses were added to the course catalog today:

  • MEAS104 - SI Units - The meter
  • LM103 - How to post your resume
  • LM104 - Your Training Record

The first of these is a second of seven courses being developed on the SI system of units. We would like your comments on these courses.

The next course describes how to post your on-line resume on, how to link to it from a web page, and how to send a link to your resume in an e-mail.

The last course explains what your training record is, how to make entries on it, and how to link to it.

July 6, 2006

A new course was just added to the course catalog today: WWW104 - Intermediate HTML.

Course development is continuing at a regular pace, and we hope to have a new course in the next two weeks.

There has been a lot of work since the last news entry on fixing scripts and functionality required to develop courses on the staff site. It is hoped these improvements will speed course development.

June 19, 2006

We are still working on developing course content, and working on new features. Things are going a bit slow, but we are making progress.

We just added a feature where you can link to your resume from a website, or email a link to someone you wish to view your on-line resume at It will also show any courses you have completed.

May 7, 2006

Just made some modifications to the site to allow audio content in courses. Currently only LM101-How to take one of our courses has any audio content at the moment. Check it out, let us know what you think.

Another modification to add video content is in the works, but there are issues with browser compatability that still need to be overcome.

May 2, 2006

Most of the the redesign is complete for the main site and the student site, but there is still some work to do. There are some issues we have not yet resolved, primarily with the email, but we are hopeful that will not take to long to resolve those issues. It appears that all the remaining issues with course execution have been resolved. We will be modifying the student area some more over the next few weeks in order to implement a new feature that will be added to the courses. The employers site is the next on the list to update. Stay tuned!

Two incomplete courses have been added to the course catalog in order to solicit comments before putting the courses on-line. They would be

  • MEAS102 - SI Units - The Second, and
  • MEAS450 - Basic Far-Field Antenna Measurement

Each of these courses are the first in a series that are being developed. The first is first of a seven-part series of courses on the seven base SI units. The second is the first in a series of five courses on antenna measurement that is being developed.

We are bringing in another person to start a new series of courses on instrumentation. The first of these courses is probably about two months away, but we are excited to bring in the new person.

April 20, 2006

The site redesign is continuing. The course execution scripts have all been rewritten to no longer use frames and should be working. Everything with course execution should basically work as it did before. Today some of the course execution may have been erratic (sorry about that), but we believe that the change has been made successfully. There is still much work left to do.

Course development is continuing, although the redesign is slowing it a little. We are on-track to have two more courses completed by the end of the month.

April 12, 2006

For those of you coming to this site based on our ad in Measure magazine, welcome. Please look around and contact us if you would like to be a beta tester of this site.

You may have noticed we are making more changes to the site. We are in the processes of changing some of the frames-based pages to pages that use CSS to accomplish some of the same things we were using frames for. This is a long-term change over that will probably take months. Most of this effort should be transparent, and some of the long-standing bugs of the site are being fixed at the same time.

This site uses over 100 perl scrips for its functionality, and many of those will have to be modified before this effort is complete. This effort should result in a more accessible website for those with disabilities, and one that is a more current web standards based design. Course and content development will continue while this upgrade is continuing.

While this effort is going on, and actually whenever you have any feedback on our site, contact us and let us know.

March 30, 2006

Added a suggest a course page. We will take all requests for new courses very seriously, and will add all requests to our list of courses to be developed. We are continuously developing new courses, and would prefer feedback from our customers on what to develop next.

March 27, 2006

We have decided to try paying for articles to see how that would work. If you are interested in bidding on articles to be written, the following steps must be taken:

  • Register as a student
  • Enter your resume
  • In the Career section of the student website, go to the "Bid on Tasks" link, and put your bid for any article requested.
  • Send us a biographical summary with a picture of yourself that will be associated with the article or any article you will write in the future for to

It is not necessarily the lowest bidder that will get the job. It is the lowest bidder who appears from their resume and biographical information is qualified to write the article. The article must follow the guidelines listed on the Submissions page.

February 27, 2006

As you can probably tell, there have been a lot of changes to the website over the last couple of days. We have reworked the site navigation, added several new features, and fixed several bugs. It is likely that there will be many changes in the days to come as more features are incorporated.

Probably the most notable differences are in site navigation. The interface is being reworked, and there will likely be a few more changes. In the menu at the top of the screen, there are now a series of icons that are part of the site navigation. These icons come from

The student and employer areas have seen the most change, with minor updates to the educator and consultant areas. The employer site has been restructured and new features added. The student area now has the ability for the student to comment or ask questions about any page in any course.

February 26, 2006

Brought the course EE111-Introduction to Semiconductor Devices over from the development site. We are interested in some feedback on the course material before finishing the course. The course is approximately 60% complete by our estimation. Please comment so we can make this a better course.

February 19, 2006

Some of the course development and site improvements are taking longer than anticipated, but keep watching for them. We are still looking for people who are willing to write technical articles, especially those with their own websites who would be willing to write an article in order to promote their site. We are also looking for more beta testers. Please contact us if you are interested.

December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May this holiday season bring you joy and peace.

We are working hard to make improvements to the site to make it more useful. Course development is continuing, and we hope to have several courses brought on-line next month. There are several improvements that we are planning to bring to the site next year, stay tuned!

December 4, 2005

For those of you coming to this site via the NCSL website, or from our ad in "Measure" magazine, we would like to know. Please email us at and let us know. If you are interested in being a beta tester, let us know as well.

November 16, 2005

We have added an event calendar to the website. It is accessible by clicking on the date in the footer. In the future it will be more obviously accessible, when we determine how to place it in our navigation menus.

Course development is continuing. We anticipate that four more courses will go online by the end of November. Please send feedback on any courses you would like to see developed here, or comment on any of our existing courses.

November 5, 2005

We are announcing a contest page where we will be announcing contests that will be used to assist in developing content for this site. Our first contest will be for a favicon.ico file for this website. We will be adding other contests in the near future if this is successful.

November 3, 2005

Haven't upgraded this news for awhile, but you should have noticed many changes since the last entry. Much of what has accomplished since the last entry was involved in scripts for the staff site to help with course development, and with course development proper. There is more detail in the student news.

We are still looking for testers, so let us know if you are interested in testing this service.

May 26, 2005

As you may have noticed, there have been several changes in the design of our site. The changes are being made based on user feedback, and to make the site navigation a little easier. If you have any suggestions or complaints for any aspect of this website, please contact us.

Course development is still progressing, but at a little slower pace due to some of the redesign effort. The pace will increase by mid-June, at which point many of the changes we are trying to make will be complete.

April 26, 2005

We are now looking for technical articles and people willing to generate course content. See "Submissions" page for details. Submit an article and get free publicity for your website or service. We are looking for articles on technical issues, not a sales pitch, but you can have links to your websites in your articles.

A FAQ page has been added and will be populated as more people have questions. As always we have been working on course development, and have spent some time fixing a few bugs. Also have spent some time adding to our "Resources" section.

April 14, 2005

Added link exchange page. Course development continuing. There are more structural changes being made, especially to the student area of the website, check the news in the student area for details. We are really looking for some good feedback and some more beta testers, please contact us with your feedback or if you want to beta test this site.

March 26, 2005

Made some structural changes to whole site. Most major pages can now be bookmarked. Continuing to incorporate CSS into all pages. Course development is continuing.

March 16, 2005

The job posting and applying function is now working, as well as the task posting and task bidding functionality.

February 10, 2005

We are continuing to develop this service, but we have lost the previous news due to a server crash. Stay tuned here for news on the progress.

Please look around and try out what is here while we are building, and let us know what you think.