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My mother’s twisted relationship with Lord Voldemort
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10/31/2011   24 comments
I have to admit that my eyebrows went up higher than usual when my mother informed me that she used to bounce Lord Voldemort on her knee when he was a little lad…
How it was: Life in the typing pool (I)
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10/26/2011   8 comments
In which my mother relates how, in September 1948, she was eager to start work on her first day as a qualified Shorthand Typist...
Wow – Silego Technology sees 1127% growth!
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10/26/2011   Post a comment
Deloitte’s 2011 Technology Fast 500 recognizes Silego Technology as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America
Piiigs iiiin Spaaace
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10/25/2011   10 comments
It’s not that I’d forgotten the Muppet Show per se – more that I rarely think about it...
Xilinx boasts 200+ design wins for 7 Series FPGAs
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10/24/2011   Post a comment
To date, Xilinx says that it’s shipped thousands of Virtex-7 and Kintex-7 FPGAs worldwide…
Xilinx to demo Zynq-7000 EPP SW/HW development tools at ARM TechCon 2011
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10/20/2011   Post a comment
Hot news about the forthcoming ARM TechCon 2011 - I only wish I could attend myself, but...
How it was: Big computers talking to little computers
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10/19/2011   Post a comment
In the not-so-distant-past, computers of different types from different manufacturer could not typically "talk" to each other…
Travel Nightmares: Flying into the old Hong Kong airport
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10/18/2011   5 comments
Flying into the original Hong Kong airport was an experience everyone remembers... especially if you had not been forewarned...
How it was: Testing honking big computers
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10/17/2011   4 comments
Once we had designed a new mainframe computer and build the prototype we had to test it…
How it was: Paper tapes and punched cards
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10/13/2011   14 comments
Users of the early computers required some kind of reliable, cheap, and efficient media for storing and transporting large amounts of computer data...
Using FPGAs to add IEEE 802.11n channel emulation capabilities to wireless test equipment
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10/11/2011   1 comment
Today’s announcement from octoScope made me realize just how little I know…
Altera’s new ARM-based SoC FPGAs
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10/11/2011   Post a comment
Well, today we certainly do have some exciting news, because Altera have just announced two new families of ARM-based SoC FPGAs at the 28nm node.
Infineon produces chips on new 300mm thin wafer technology
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10/11/2011   Post a comment
I don’t know how he finds the time, but my old chum Brian LaGrave always seems to have his “finger on the pulse” when it comes to the latest and greatest technologies…
How it was: ASCII, EBCDIC, ISO, and Unicode
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10/7/2011   12 comments
There's an old engineering joke that says: "Standards are great ... everyone should have one!" The problem is that – very often – everyone does...
Friday Fun: All sorts of "stuff"
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10/7/2011   2 comments
I don’t know about you, but this has been a long week and I’m ready for a bit of a laugh…
Farewell to Steve Jobs
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10/6/2011   Post a comment
Yesterday evening I was working on a project when my wife – who had been watching the news – bounced into the room to inform me of Steve Job’s passing…
You're invited to Jasper’s annual user group meeting
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10/6/2011   Post a comment
If you're interested in learning about more efficient verification techniques and technologies, then this is the event for you...
How it was: Fan-fold paper and ASCII art
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10/4/2011   22 comments
In the context of computers, the term “fan-fold” refers to a continuous strip of paper that was folded back and forth in a zigzag manner…
How It Was: PCB Layout from Rubylith to Dot and Tape to CAD
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10/3/2011   9 comments
Dot and Tape refers to the product used to lay the patterns of tracks and IC/transistor pads on to mylar sheets; before Dot and Tape there was Rubylith...
I’m in love!
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10/1/2011   24 comments
I just treated myself to a new pair of noise-cancelling headphones that have me tap-dancing down airplane isles with joy…

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