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Free trip to Australia
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1/30/2009   3 comments
Did you know that if you take an Altium training course in Australia the airfare is free (well, sort of...)
What a Hoot! (I mean Woot!)
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1/29/2009   Post a comment
This is an amazing site... in addition to being mega-useful it's a lot of fun (even the FAQ made me laugh).
Men versus Women : A rose by any other name...
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
In which various suggestions are proposed, but many decisions remain to be made...
Microsoft strikes again!
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
I just saw the most appalling advert for a software product (pass me a bottle of "ear bleach")
Top 8 dingbats of 2008
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
I've said it before and I'll say it again... I'm too young for all of this...
And then the fight started...
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
Joke alert... here are some oldies but goodies
Pluribo - a taste of things to come?
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
The web is a great place for finding product reviews, but who has the time to read through them all?
It's so hard to say goodbye...
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
Well, it certainly is if you're trying to say it in Bislama...
Some webinars worth watching
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
I just heard about a number of forthcoming webinars that look to be well-worth watching if you have a little free time...
Steampunk TARDIS Control Console
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
This is really, REALLY amazing... plus it's given me some ideas for my own on-going projects...
USB Stress-Relief Ball (I could do with one of these)
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1/23/2009   Post a comment
When you squeeze / squash / pull / twist the stress ball, it does nasty things to the active document on your screen...
Men versus Women : The PICAXE Microcontroller
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1/22/2009   Post a comment
In which I start to play with my PICAXE microcontroller development board / system / kit / thingy / whatever.
Quantum biology
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1/18/2009   Post a comment
Quantum effects may explain a whole raft of things, from how our sense of smell works to consciousness itself.
All sorts of interesting *stuff*
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1/16/2009   Post a comment
Hardware has feelings: Free high-precision desktop calculator: Logical conundrums: Free software: Microsoft Tag: Flying car: Life in a hologram: more...
Men versus Women : Looking for an algorithm
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1/15/2009   Post a comment
Help: I need help choosing names for areas, switches, buttons etc. on my Display-O-Meter; also I welcome suggestions with regard to the underlying algorithm...
The physics (and aerodynamics) of passing wind...
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1/15/2009   Post a comment
Here's something unexpected from the BBC television website in the United Kingdom...
There's good news, and there's bad news...
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1/14/2009   Post a comment
I love to be the bearer of glad tidings; I hate to be the one who relays bad news; but sometimes life offers up a mixed bag...
Folk Synthesizers
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1/13/2009   Post a comment
Are these the 21st century equivalent of early 20th century parlor instruments?
The town of Chicken, Alaska
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1/9/2009   Post a comment
Its founders didn't want their town name to be the source of ridicule and laughter, so they decided on *Chicken* (Ah, the irony!)
Men vs. Women (here's an interesting little project)
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1/9/2009   2 comments
I don't care what you say... I think this is cool and I want to build one of my own!
It's official... Microsoft says Vista sucks!
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1/9/2009   Post a comment
In fact, it's not just bad, but so bad that the replacement (upgrade), Windows 7, might end up being free to consumers...
Jack Ganssle (of Embedded.Com fame) say's I'm a SLIME!
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1/8/2009   Post a comment
Well, you can only imagine my surprise to receive this message from my hero in embedded space...
Woodgas-powered car; first hybrid car (circa 1917)
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1/7/2009   Post a comment
Here's something you don't see every day (a woodgas-powered 1972 Dodge); and it seems that the first hybrid car was invented way-back-when...
HD LCD TV with 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
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1/7/2009   Post a comment
A 47" HD LCT TV with whiter whites, blacker blacks, vibrant colors, and increased energy efficiency... can it get any better than this?
New SoC Fundamentals course presented by yours truly is available!
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1/7/2009   Post a comment
Hurray, I just heard that my new SoC Fundamentals course has been posted on TechOnline (how can I squeeze everything about SoCs into one small course?)
Useful tables for converting to metric
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1/6/2009   Post a comment
The guide includes tables for temperature, length, speed, volume, and mass. Some of the entries are quite humorous, and some will certainly stick in your ...
Oh, those pesky New Year resolutions
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1/3/2009   Post a comment
The little scamps are so easy to make... but not so easy to keep...


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