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Fixing your mom's computer "Part Deux"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/31/2008   1 comment
Several folks have responded to my recent blog titled "How to fix your mom's computer from the other side of the world"
OneSpin bites back
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1/31/2008   Post a comment
An email from Aaik van der Poe at Mentor sparks a feisty response from Michael Siegel at OneSpin.
Speaking of cool games...
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A physics-accurate spacecraft simulator that allows you to fly real craft (like the shuttle and ISS) as well as imaginary ones.
Is Wireless HD finally 'Coming of Age?"
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1/31/2008   Post a comment
With developments in TV technology, an area that is finally beginning to come into its own is wireless HD. In the past companies like JVC and others have tried to offer wireless displays, but encountered hurdles. Well, it now seems that with advances like 802.11n and other transmission schemes from SiBEAM that wireless HD will finally find its way to consumer homes in 2008 and beyond.
See the World and Get your EDA Degree
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1/31/2008   Post a comment
Curricula leading to college degrees in EDA exist in Armenia and are coming in Russia and China.
What do you call a man who...?
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1/31/2008   Post a comment
I was just reminded of a series of one-line jokes we used to tell when I was young, but I've forgotten most of them; maybe you can help?
Test your distortion hearing ability
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1/30/2008   Post a comment
Test your ability to detect nonlinear distortion for different music signals and loudspeaker types with this online interactive listening test.
Could this be the next "Dilbert"?
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1/30/2008   1 comment
I just heard about a new online comic called "Heroes Happen Here" whose IT-based story lines are inspired by readers' real-world experiences.
NXP's software-defined radio
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1/30/2008   Post a comment
This sounds like it could be a disruptive technology to me. But before we get too excited, we should remember that other companies are working on SDR solutions as well, although I would bet that few of them have the global reach of NXP.
Munging Windows Vista to make it work
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1/29/2008   Post a comment
This cunning tool can cut the size of Windows Vista in half and speed it up at the same time - and it's FREE!
BART Riders Trial NFC
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1/29/2008   Post a comment
A news conference Tuesday at the Powell Street BART Station in San Francisco will reveal details of a four-month NFC trial.
Finding excitement in science and engineering
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1/28/2008   Post a comment
Volumes have been written over the last couple of years about the declining numbers of students taking science and math, and what that will mean to the U.S. and its ability to compete globally.
How to fix your mom's computer from the other side of the world
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/28/2008   3 comments
Here's a simple and secure way for you to remotely take control of your mother's desktop and fix her computer without driving yourself insane in the process.
Wireless industry reveals quarterly results
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1/28/2008   Post a comment
This week wireless titans from Apple to Qualcomm announced their fourth quarter results. Here's what you need to know.
Resistance is futile!
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1/25/2008   1 comment
Are we moving closer to resembling Star Trek's Borg Collective?
With Gates gone, will Jobs come to next year's CE ball?
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1/25/2008   Post a comment
Steve Jobs won't come to CES 2009, because he would have to abandon Apple's "outsider" facade in the process.
Must-have, mega-cool video game
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1/24/2008   Post a comment
This is great, a video camera that clips to the top of your monitor and inserts you in the middle of games on your PC.
The price of returned products--$13.8 billion in '07 alone
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1/24/2008   1 comment
The news is always on units sold and revenues posted. What happens behind the scenes, however, when returned products become a major issue?
Avery's India RFID Plans
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1/23/2008   Post a comment
Avery eyes India with millions of dollars in hand.
The Bug Labs Store is OPEN!
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1/23/2008   Post a comment
This is very cool technology -- a collection of easy-to-use electronic modules that snap together to build almost any gadget you can imagine!
Audio homing robot
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1/23/2008   Post a comment
An autonomous sound-sensing robot developed by programmers at Cornell uses three microphones to first detect and then follow an audio source.
Two Interesting Books
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1/23/2008   Post a comment
Two books are reviewed. "Low Power Methodology Manual for System-On-Chip Design" and "VHDL-2008 Just the New Stuff".
Picture, picture, on the wall . . .
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1/22/2008   Post a comment
Consider, for example, scenarios in which you want to change the picture depending on who is coming to dinner that evening.
Where have all the mentors gone (all sing together: "far, far away")?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/22/2008   Post a comment
Young hires are left to flounder on their own while still being expected to be highly productive a day after graduation.
Suppose everybody on earth suddenly disappeared
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1/21/2008   Post a comment
There's a show on television this evening that I'm really looking forward to seeing; it's called "Life After People".
Wireless carriers reluctantly embrace open technologies
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1/21/2008   Post a comment
The days of closed handsets and networks are numbered, but how much are carriers really opening up?
$1.99 a gallon gas!
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1/21/2008   Post a comment
Here's an alternative fuel development that's been under the radar.
Apple, IBM and speculators
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1/18/2008   Post a comment
This is the latest OJO-Mojo Tech Report on the latest developments in the equity market with a focus on Apple and IBM.
WiFi Priates - Embedded Systems Virgins - Cool Videos - More "Stuff"
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1/18/2008   Post a comment
Things are happening so quickly here in the "Pleasure Dome" (my office) that I can barely keep up...
Dog versus Cat diaries
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1/18/2008   Post a comment
This is an "oldie but goodie". As my wife and I have two dogs and a cat, I can attest for the underlying truth in these "journals".
Thoughts and Reflections on CES 2008: Thin TVs, HD discs & more, oh my!
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1/17/2008   Post a comment
CES 2008 ended a week ago paving the way for several future trends and developments. As several manufacturers unveiled their 2008 lines it became apparent what will be on retailers' shelves this coming Summer and Fall. It also became apparent what the manufacturers believe the consumer wants, which directly affects how products are created and designed.
Commentary: Observing the herd at CES
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1/17/2008   Post a comment
Our man at CES thinks the consumer electronics industry is selling the same old technology in new packages.
It seems I've been taken for a sucker!
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1/17/2008   Post a comment
I'm gnashing my teeth and rending my garb, because the Stella Awards about which I recently penned a blog .... turned out to be a spoof!
CES Wrap-Up: Flavors of CEC, retro-innovation and more video/imaging highlights from CES
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1/17/2008   Post a comment
One of the most startling surprises (disappointments) of CES 2008 was seeing the extent to which several major brands, including such heavyweights as Panasonic and Sony, have taken the CEC functionality of HDMI and run off to do their own, semi-incompatible thing with it.
CES Wrap-Up: Flavors of CEC, retro-innovation and more video/imaging highlights from CES 2008
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1/17/2008   Post a comment
2008 CES was not the biggest yet (that was last year), but it was the most mature in addressing the myriad entanglements of technological possibilities and Hollywood copyrights, and in terms of the viewing public having now graduated on a massive scale to big-screen high def flat panel displays, something dreamed about for years.
DIY vacuum tube
Audio DesignLine Blog  
1/16/2008   1 comment
This video by an amateur radio operator visually steps through the process of manually making a triode vacuum tube.
Wireless TV inside the home
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1/16/2008   Post a comment
One technology that is a long shot in the near term at least is the 60 GHz distribution systems.
Marshalling an airplane
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1/15/2008   Post a comment
Now here's something you don't see every day - this guy ... but no, you'll just have to see it for yourself!
EDA Outreach
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1/15/2008   1 comment
An industry that lives on change as the root of progress should be able to see and gather what is needed to increase its visibility.
Cheap phones bring chip opportunities
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1/15/2008   Post a comment
Ultralow-cost models open handset DSP sockets to second-tier IC vendors
No fuel, no emissions
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1/14/2008   2 comments
Here's a car that literally runs on air!
iPhone in China? Not yet.
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1/14/2008   Post a comment
Apple and China Mobile Ltd. Called off the planned launch of iPhone handsets in China.
The 2007 Darwin and Stella Award results are in!
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1/14/2008   2 comments
Although I'm naturally competitive, here are two award categories I hope never to win or even be a runner-up!
Chipped Like A Dog
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1/14/2008   Post a comment
Wouldn't it be nice if RFID could curb crime?
Dead electronics, now in pictures
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1/11/2008   Post a comment
Here's a fun photo showing what happens when electronics design goes wrong.
Is anyone using your wireless internet without permission?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/10/2008   Post a comment
Here's a pretty cool trick for techo-dweebs that will baffle and bewilder any of your neighbors who are accessing your wireless Internet connection while you aren't looking.
Some useful info on VGA
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1/10/2008   Post a comment
A reader provides some additional info to complement this week's "How To" on designing a simple VGA interface.
CES 2008 - Day 2 & 3
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1/10/2008   Post a comment
Back from another day of walking the show floor and visiting manufacturers in suites on The Strip. I would have written about Day 2 yesterday, but I got back too late from a meeting with Philips and I had to prepare the newsletter for publication today. It's really tough to multi-task at CES. I'm surprised by the amount of people going from booth to booth, or lingering at some of the larger manufacturers such as Samsung, LG or Sony still on Day 3.
Around The Net
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1/10/2008   Post a comment
Five things you need to know.
No more CD players for me!
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1/9/2008   Post a comment
I've had a taste of PC audio and wireless home networking and won't be going back to old-fashioned CD playback.
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