Category: Layperson

General-interest and tutorial posts suitable for the interested pedestrian.

The Scantron comparison

I sat down to write this blog entry. Just me and my Dixon Ticonderoga #2. First thing I wrote was “Analog is like grayscale.” I immediately erased it. Even the word “grayscale” is too technical for what I want to explain. Remember Scantron? You used to have to bring a #2 pencil to take the […]

A sign of things to come

I wasn’t too happy about my previous attempt to explain the difference between Analog and Digital. I got lost in a lot of terminology (gadgets, signals, etc). In addition, I ended up approaching the distinction from an implementation perspective (how the devices work) rather than a user perspective (why things are better). So, rather than […]

Analog vs Digital — Part 4: Comparisons

In part 2 & part 3, I defined analog vs digital signals and gadgets. In this post, I will explain why digital gadgets have over-taken analog gadgets. The electronic industry has been and will forever be reducing cost and adding features. As a result, more complexity is being required of electronic devices while reducing the […]

Analog vs Digital – Part 3: Digital

Note: Part 2 is lost to history. This website was hacked sometime around 2015, and I had to recreate each of these posts by hand. It seems like the hacker (for whatever reason) deleted Part 2. In part 2, I defined the analog signal and the analog gadget. In this post, I give a definition […]

Analog vs Digital – Part 1: Introduction

The last 20 years have greatly improved the feature set and portability of electronics and anything which does or can contain electronics. Nonetheless, most people don’t know what the word digital means. In this multi-part series, I will explain the difference between digital and analog, why digital processing is better than analog, and why some […]