Most of us spend 40+ hours a week in them, but how about checking out the Internet for the Cubicle (www.thecubicle.com )? Created by engineers and techies, theCubicle considers itself a web-based discovery for the global electronics engineering community. It has a continuously updated repository of component information, reference designs, white papers, and some pretty nifty design discovery tools. Currently available is CircuitNet™which has a drawing board, a design audit function, and a side-by-side comparison of vendor products, as well as access to distributors, RFPs, and online forms for access to advanced product information. Recently added to the site is a series of articles on bringing a technology product to market including "Building a business to help engineers," and "Product Development." And for your enjoyment the site features a series of weekly cartoons called "The Capers," pitting engineers against marketing and finance types. There are also several different sections of engineering jokes.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.