RIP

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  1. Jaguarjoe

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  2. djsfantasi

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    I was in High School in '71-'72 and was working on an artificial intelligence project. I spent a lot of time at MIT because I could get access to computing resources - and one day was invited to Building 20. There I met Jim and his missile guidance computer. We chatted about computing and programming.

    That meeting inspired me. Although I did not know him beyond that chance meeting, he definitely was an influence in my life.

    RIP Jim Williams.
     
  3. SgtWookie

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    RIP indeed. Jim will be sorely missed.
    http://www.edn.com/article/518496-Analog_guru_Jim_Williams_dies_after_stroke.php

    Jim talks a bit about his Minuteman ICBM missile computer (shown in his living room) and shows a fix on a Tektronix 465B O-scope in this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6ODi7qSpYg

    Here's a presentation Jim did on reducing the output noise from switching regulators:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxhjLIu-vPg&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

    You were very fortunate to have actually met Jim. His loss leaves a huge hole in the world of analog electronics.
     
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  4. hgmjr

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    Sgtwookie,

    I watched the video of Jim fixing the Tek Scope and it looks like he was accustomed to putting the lead solder into his mouth. That little practice over his career may have contributed to this demise.

    hgmjr
     
  5. n1ist

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