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Enter the EE Life September 2010 Cartoon Caption Contest
Blog  
9/8/2010   270 comments
Flex those little gray cells and pen an amusing caption for our newest cartoon!
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress & Malt Vinegar Is a Harsh Corrosive
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/14/2014   267 comments
Max's latest brass-aging experiments include the use of ammonia, Himalayan rock salt, English malt vinegar, and other substances of a dubious nature.
September's Caption Contest Is Knocking on the Door!
Design Contests & Competitions  
9/5/2013   213 comments
25 lucky commenters this month get a free Trinket development board from Adafruit!
Bovine invasion: July cartoon caption contest opens
Design Contests & Competitions  
7/1/2011   212 comments
Mooove over...there are cows in the lab! Come up with a clever caption for Daniel Guidera's July cartoon.
December caption contest: Circling threat
Design Contests & Competitions  
12/1/2011   207 comments
Our intrepid engineer seems to be "dead" in the water...what's your explanation?
What? Electronics Engineers Who Cannot Solder?
Blog  
8/13/2013   199 comments
What do they teach electronics students at college these days? Isn't soldering one of the core skills one is expected to know?
What's your favorite "science fiction" movie?
Blog  
9/13/2010   186 comments
So many sub-genres, so many good choices: which ones do you recall favorably?
The Humble, Yet Mighty, Resistor
Blog  
9/25/2014   185 comments
In which we discover the various types of resistors, and the ways these components have evolved over the years.
March 2012 caption contest: Major crater
Design Contests & Competitions  
3/1/2012   170 comments
Something seems to have gone very wrong in the meeting room...
October caption contest: Kitchen confusion
Design Contests & Competitions  
10/4/2011   167 comments
Since when did circuit boards and wires become haute cuisine? Give us a caption to explain this savory situation.
The Coagulated & Curdled Custard of Despair
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/28/2014   156 comments
Are there any dishes from your formative years whose very names cause shivers of apprehension to run up and down your spine?
Desktop Pick-&-Place Machine: An EETimes Community Project
Blog  
6/18/2014   153 comments
Would you be interested in having your own pick-and-place machine that can assemble your boards -- and possibly even reflow them -- while fitting in a space smaller than an 11" x 17"?
Time to play hard ball on tech manufacturing
Blog  
2/1/2012   152 comments
It's time for policy makers to play hard ball with multinational corporations that outsource manufacturing, design and R&D jobs. If they don't, manufacturing will cease to be the engine of U.S. economic growth.
Top 8 Tools for Building a Personal Prototyping Laboratory
Blog  
9/5/2013   139 comments
For any beginners out there, here's a list of tools and equipment I have found to be important when building a personal prototyping laboratory, along with some of the mistakes I've made along the way.
Enter the EE Life August 2010 Cartoon Caption Contest
Blog  
8/12/2010   138 comments
Submit the winning caption--win a signed copy of the cartoon and bask in warm glow of admiration from your peers
Analog Faceplate Design Decisions: Art or Science?
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/30/2014   137 comments
Creating industrial designs, like new faceplates for use in antique analog meters, is part art and part science.
Which science fiction books SHOULD be made into films?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/4/2012   136 comments
Over the years I've often thought "I wish they would make this into a film!" Here are a few suggestions off the top of my head...
November's Caption Contest Is Underway!
Design Contests & Competitions  
11/1/2013   136 comments
November's contest is ready to go! Give us your best caption for a chance to win.
Are We Losing the Secrets of the Masters?
Blog  
8/2/2013   135 comments
I have the sneaking suspicion that we are in danger of losing track of how to do things at the most fundamental levels.
What's the Best Traveling Toolkit?
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/31/2014   134 comments
When one is traveling, it can be really handy to have a small toolkit on hand, but which kit is the best?
What's a good "real engineer" question?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/1/2012   133 comments
There are quick ways to separate the real techies from wannabes
Creating a Vetinari Clock Using Antique Analog Meters
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/20/2014   132 comments
Can you imagine a clock formed from old analog meters mounted in an antique-looking wooden box? Now imagine an interpretation of a Vetinari clock (the mind boggles).
Taming the Mighty Sprout
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/24/2014   128 comments
Barbeque season is upon us, but who amongst our number dare lay claim to the title of "Sprout Master"?
RadioShack: The End Is Nigh!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/15/2014   127 comments
Perhaps this is the natural order of business -- Darwinism and RadioShack's impending demise open the door wider for companies like SparkFun and Adafruit to grow.
Engineers in America: Too Young, Too Old
Blog  
1/8/2014   118 comments
When trying to hire engineers, do you find that they either have too little or too much experience?
Vote now for January cartoon caption contest finalists!
Design Contests & Competitions  
1/13/2011   117 comments
Vote for the best of five finalists in our January cartoon caption contest
Why hasn't that steering wheel gone away?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/7/2011   111 comments
There's no reason the ubiquitous steering wheel can’t be replaced by a joystick—or is there?
Where are the jobs?
Blog  
10/10/2011   111 comments
Where are the jobs? That’s the question of the year. It’s easy to blame the President, the Congress and Wall Street. In some way or another, they’re all complicit.
How to Make Holes in Things
Blog  
7/2/2014   110 comments
There are a many different ways to make holes in things. Most of them involve drilling or cutting in some way, but there are other techniques.
Feast Your Orbs on My Jiggly Exercise Machine
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/26/2014   108 comments
This isn't your mother's jiggly exercise machine. This new incarnation performs its wonders in a completely different way.
Enter Now! EE Life December 2010 Cartoon Caption Contest!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/22/2010   108 comments
Call for entries for the December 2010 Cartoon Caption Contest
The biggest product turkeys of all time
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/8/2011   107 comments
Zune. Newton. Betamax. MiniDisc. All failures in the marketplace. What are the latest products that you think will turn out to be turkeys?
Why Aren’t Our STEM Graduates Hired?
Blog  
7/25/2013   103 comments
If US universities are graduating engineers in numbers sufficient to fill job vacancies, why is the industry getting H-1B workers to fill the slots again?
Creating New Faceplates for Antique Analog Meters
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/22/2014   103 comments
If you wish to use antique meters as part of your hobby projects, one task will be to replace the existing faceplate annotations, but what's the best way to do this?
Where Are the Ceramic Vacuum Tube Holders of Yesteryear?
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/28/2014   102 comments
One of the problems Max has left on the back-burner is how he's going to attach his giant vacuum tubes to the top of his Ultra-Macho Prognostication Engine.
Plumb your creativity's depth: The April cartoon contest is open!
Design Contests & Competitions  
4/7/2011   101 comments
It's time to take time to reach deep into your creative reservoir and try your hand at caption writing.
Obama, jobs and the creative destruction of electronics
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/7/2011   100 comments
President Obama will deliver a major speech on jobs and the economy this week; it will almost surely be the wrong solution.
Caption contest: Mars attacks!
Design Contests & Competitions  
9/5/2012   99 comments
It’s no small feat that our cartoon guru Daniel Guidera manages to come up with exceptional engineering themed artwork every month, but September’s drawing is out of this world. Literally.
Put aside the science-fiction movies: what are the best "engineering" movies?
Blog  
11/19/2010   98 comments
There are some movies which celebrate engineering innovation and ingenuity as part of their story line; here are some of my favorites
Zapping Things With ESD – Just One More Service I Offer
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/13/2014   98 comments
While Max was mulling things over while driving into work, he had a simple yet (he thinks) brilliant idea...
Creating Gender-Neutral Engineering Prose: Does Anyone Actually Care?
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/20/2014   98 comments
If you see something like "An engineer should look after his tools," does this make you cringe inside?
World Cup Soccer: Designed to Be Dull
Blog  
6/16/2014   98 comments
Most sports become more interesting as the skill of the players advances. The striking exception to this rule is World Cup soccer. In soccer, the higher you go, the duller it plays.
EE Life March cartoon contest open now!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/3/2011   97 comments
Flex those little gray cells and pen an amusing caption for our newest cartoon!
March's Caption Contest Is Up, Or Is It Down?
Design Contests & Competitions  
3/5/2014   97 comments
Give us your best caption for a chance to win the original print, in color, with your caption on it!
Greatest innovation in the world
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/22/2011   97 comments
Which was more important to history, penicillin or the arch? How about steel, or maybe the printed circuit?
Why I'm Dumping Nexus7 & Android & Buying an iPad
Blog  
8/26/2013   94 comments
I really want to love this Nexus7, but I didn't set out to buy a "fixer upper."
A Charm of CPUs & a Deceit of DSPs
Blog  
9/17/2013   93 comments
I was wondering about interesting collective names we could use for different types of silicon chips.
My Geiger counter doesn’t count (sob sob)
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/8/2011   93 comments
Sad to relate, my do-it-yourself Geiger counter kit has not – as yet – counted anything. But is this because it is broken, or because I have not yet presented it with anything to count?
Enter February's Cartoon Caption Contest Now!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/17/2011   92 comments
Enter the EE Life cartoon caption contest for February. Fame and (virtual) fortune await!
Photo gallery: Engineering's messiest desks
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/22/2011   92 comments
Check out user-submitted photos of some astonishingly messy engineering work stations. It's clearly a sign of genius.
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