My Paid Published Work

My Paid Published Work

I am a professionally trained writer, journalist and editor. As a professional freelance writer [1996–2010], I wrote and published more than 350 articles in newspapers and trade journals. I will add more articles once I can find them on the Internet, no easy task. especially the earlier ones and ones protected by a paywall. For now, here is a small sample of my professional paid work; they are arranged by industrial or economic sector:

Networking Systems

The Home Stretch: July 1, 2000
Connections+ (formerly called Cabling Networking Systems)
The home will never be the same again. Within a few years, homeowners wired to the Internet can expect to regulate appliances remotely — from controlling the air conditioning or heating system to maintain the air temperature at a comfortable 20°C, to signalling the microwave to search the web for a savoury recipe on Thai lemongrass soup, to programming the home-entertainment system to play the latest Hollywood film.

Slow Conversion: October 1, 2003
Connections+ (formerly called Cabling Networking Systems)
The idea of using one network to run voice, data and possibly video has held wide appeal for some time among people working in the telecom sector. The chief reason is that it costs less to run everything on one network. Thus explains the beauty and simplicity of convergence.

Connections+ (formerly called Cabling Networking Systems)
At first glance, one would say that augmented Category 6 (Cat6A) cabling might have a lot of strikes against it. For one, the TIA TR 42 engineering committee had a huge technical problem to overcome in developing and ratifying a standard for a 10-Gigabit copper solution.

Pulp & Paper

Placing A Greater Emphasis On Knowledge: April 30, 1999
Pulp & Paper Canada
There is no escaping the talk of the New Economy. The business press in last few years has been writing with increased frequency on its merits, which, simply put, places great weight on the idea that companies need to recruit and retain workers who are highly educated, well-versed in computer skills and practically minded.

Pulp & Paper Canada
Water reduction is fast becoming the next looming environmental issue, one that touches not only the Canadian industry, but also other global manufacturing sectors that rely on water to produce a product. There is growing unease among the public that large industrial concerns -- which use up to 30% of the planet's freshwater -- should be more vigilant about its consumption in the manufacturing process. Simply stated, their argument can be boiled down to this: the planet's freshwater supply is not limitless.

Pulp & Paper Canada
In the last few years, South America's pulp and paper industry has been grabbing market share from both Western Europe and North America. Established producing nations like Canada, United States and Finland will unquestionably face mounting competitive challenges from the South American industry, many of which are building large new state-of-the-art mills to supply market pulp to a voracious Chinese economy. Many of these mills are joint ventures with Nordic forest-product companies. The object lesson, at least as it applies to the Canadian industry, is a further need to drive down the costs of production while wringing greater efficiencies from more dated equipment.

New China: September 30, 2008
Pulp & Paper Canada
China is the second largest economy in the world, after the United States. And, as the old TV commercial pointed out, if you are No. 2, you try harder. By all accounts China has done well. The country's economy grew at a hyper rate of 11.4% in 2007, on top of a sustained average annual growth of 9.5% between 2001 and 2005. China's GDP is now $7 trillion US, representing more than 10% of the world's global GDP of just over $65 trillion US (the United States has a $14 trillion economy).

The Ways of India: October 31, 2008
Pulp & Paper Canada
India is the world's 12th largest paper producer. Although its annual production is rising - currently at about nine million tonnes a year -it is modest by world standards. Per capita paper consumption stands at seven kilograms per year, one-fifth the level economists consider necessary for a literate and advancing society. Yet India is defying expectations, boasting more billionaires than Canada, and is making some headway with its most pressing need: bettering the lives of the economically poor.


Two schools of thought: September/October 2001
Engineering Dimensions  (Volume 22, No 5)
Because of its vast distances and sparse population, Canada has always depended on a robust telecommunications infrastructure, a dependence that’s grown to global proportions. Yet, surprisingly perhaps, there are few if any standards or regulations governing the software that controls everything from 911 emergency response lines to the Internet—or the people who develop it. Would software designed by licensed practitioners add value to, or increase the reliability of, our telecom infrastructure? Is the public unknowingly being put at risk by our dependence on devices controlled by unregulated software? The engineering profession may think so, but industry appears to remain largely unconvinced.

Finding a place for ADR: July/August 2002
Engineering Dimensions  (Volume 23, No 4)
PEO is looking at ways to include a formal ADR program in its complaints process.And while there is no agreement yet as to the framework, all involved agree that ADR may be the most efficient route to solving minor matters.

Scanning the emerging areas: November/December 2003
Engineering Dimensions  (Volume 24, No 6)
The accelerating emergence of such specialties as nanoengineering and tissue engineering poses challenges to the engineering profession. Are they really engineering? Or are they trading on the value of the term “engineering?” And for those that have an engineering component, where do engineers fit within the practice, and what are the required education, training and standards for licensing in the public interest?

Remaking Simpson’s: December 1, 2000
Canadian Consulting Engineer
In the last few years, Montreal’s downtown corridor has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts. One notable project is the former Simpson’s building, which stood abandoned since 1993 until Industrielle-Alliance acquired the historic landmark in 1998. The developer’s goal was to transform the building into a $70-million glass-and-steel structure called Le Carrefour l’Industrielle-Alliance, which would house a Famous Players movie complex and IMAX theatre, a Simons department store and a food court.

Buildings: Montreal Convention Centre Expansion: March 1, 2003
Canadian Consulting Engineer
Approaching the expanded Palais des congrès de Montréal on Bleury Street from the west, one comes across an impressive rainbow-coloured glass wall, twice the size of the original grey concrete facade. The transparent exterior is not only a remarkable aesthetic feature, it also gives passers-by an expansive view inside the three-storey space.

Optics & Lasers

Optical Digital Signal Processor Boosts Speeds: December 2001
Photonics Spectra
A new approach to signal processing promises to reduce bottlenecks in telecommunications networks. Lenslet Labs Ltd. of Ramat-Gan, Israel, has developed an optical digital signal processor that operates thousands of times faster than today’s electronic ones.

Photonics Spectra
A European research team has demonstrated a low-cost solution to the manufacture of large diffraction gratings using a variant of an interferometer developed more than a decade ago. The work promises to yield better gratings for chirped pulse amplification lasers.

Photonics Spectra
At Corning Inc.’s Science and Technology Div. in Corning, N.Y., scientists have developed a technique that accurately predicts the photothermal behavior of the optical-path adhesives that connect photonic components in optical networks. With the model, they can estimate the temperature rise of the adhesive from such characteristics as its thermal conductivity and diffusivity, absorption coefficient and spot size at a particular operating wavelength.

—Perry J. Greenbaum
April 6, 2018

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