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Fixing your mom's computer "Part Deux"
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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.
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?
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.
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!
How to fix your mom's computer from the other side of the world
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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.
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 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!
Where have all the mentors gone (all sing together: "far, far away")?
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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".
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".
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!
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!
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!
Is anyone using your wireless internet without permission?
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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.
How does a calculator perform division?
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1/8/2008   Post a comment
I just received a question from a reader; this query seems so simple on the surface, but it actually leads to a quagmire of confusion.
It's time to Despair.com
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1/7/2008   Post a comment
Satirical products reverse-engineered from the most powerful motivational posters ever inflicted upon mankind.
Recreating the original personal computer!
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1/3/2008   Post a comment
I've just discovered the most amazing website - amongst other things they have info on kits you can purchase that recreate the original personal computers.
On 1 Jan 2008 I walked 6.5 miles in freezing weather!
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1/2/2008   Post a comment
Why? Well, it's part of a challenge that has inspired me to exercise and lose some weight using some rather cool iPod-based technology from Nike.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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