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The longest night...
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
I tell you, I've had years that were shorter than last night...
Designer seeking wisdom
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11/25/2008   3 comments
Someone is asking for our help with an interesting design problem ... do you have any ideas?
Spectacular Conjunction
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
The sky show of the year is scheduled for December 1st at sunset!
New keyboard improves typing skills...
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11/24/2008   1 comment
Maybe this new keyboard will help me learn to really type (I could be so much more productive if I wasn't using the "hunt-and-peck" approach).
Have you seen Dave's Video?
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11/24/2008   1 comment
Altium have come up with one of the best (funny and informative) marketing videos I've seen for ages.
Spoof videos -- thank an engineer today!
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
The folks at Texas Instruments have created some funny "thank an engineer" videos...
How much is SPAM costing you and your company?
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Google have just launched a "SPAM Calculator" that tells you home much time and money SPAM emails are costing you.
First MathStar, now Ambric... WHAT NEXT?!
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
Ambric going under is mega-bad news on a number of levels... what's next I wonder?
USB Heated Slippers
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
If only the early computer pioneers could see us now... they'd be so proud!
37th anniversary of the 4004 microprocessor
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11/18/2008   1 comment
It's hard to believe that the world's very first microprocessor (the Intel 4004) first leapt onto the stage 37 years ago...
7,500 mini "How To" videos
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
How can it be that mega-cool Internet sites like HowCast.com appear and flourish without my hearing anything about them?
The world's smallest HD camcorder
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11/17/2008   1 comment
Weighing in at only 3.3 ounces, this little beauty can record up to 60 minutes of 16:9 widescreen, HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames-per-second.
Super-thin carbon nanotube loudspeakers
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
1/1,000th the width of a single human hair, these super-thin carbon nanotubes films are capable of transmitting music and other sounds.
Awesome "feel-good" video; you can't help but smile!
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
I stand in awe at this video - the concept is amazingly simple, but the way it was implemented is gorgeous - it makes you feel happy inside
Max to Actel: Don't you dare!
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11/13/2008   Post a comment
I am all of a fluster. My ire has been raised (it's not a pretty sight, let me tell you)!
Hubble directly observes a planet orbiting another star
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11/13/2008   Post a comment
This news - which was just posted today - is HUGE!
Dueling Mice
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
"Paddle faster ... I hear banjo music," said Max worriedly.
You no longer need an expensive video recorder
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11/11/2008   1 comment
I just blundered across a blog in which a professional demonstrated just how good a movie taken with a Flip Video can be...
Video of a man and his manhole cover
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
I've been playing with the pocket-sized digital video recorder my wife gave me, and it's GREAT!
Interesting math tricks and techniques
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
I tell you, there's always something new to learn...
Computer science research engineer required
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11/11/2008   1 comment
Here's a "Job-with-Bob" position that would be mega-interesting for the right person...
Project Euler
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
Here's a whole collection of challenging mathematical / computer programming problems...
And the winners of Bebop Edition 3 are...
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11/10/2008   Post a comment
Here are the results to our competition to give away the first three copies of "Bebop to the Boolean Boogie (Edition 3)" in the known universe...
Truly amazing images
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11/10/2008   Post a comment
Trust me... this is an absolutely MUST SEE collection of some amazing images that will stick in your mind for ages...
Have you seen MyHDL.org?
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11/10/2008   1 comment
MyHDL is an open source Python package that: "Lets you go from Python to Silicon."
Grandson of "What do you call a man who...?"
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11/7/2008   Post a comment
Does anyone know what "Tom Swifties" used to be called in England and/or "Down Under"?
Awesome water fountain/display thingy in Japan
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11/7/2008   Post a comment
This truly is an impressive beast ... I want one of my own to play with...
Arrggghhhh!!!
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11/6/2008   Post a comment
The first 22 folks to enter the competition to win the first three copies of "Bebop to the Boolean Boogie Edition #3" ... have to do it all again...
An interesting idea to cut home energy costs
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11/6/2008   Post a comment
As far as I'm concerned, anything we can do to save energy, preserve our natural resources, and protect the environment has to be a good thing.
Here's something that will NEVER happen again!
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11/5/2008   Post a comment
You could be among the first three people in the known universe to receive a free autographed copy of Bebop to the Boolean Boogie (3rd Edition).
Hard case for a Flip Video?
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11/5/2008   Post a comment
Does anyone know where I can find a hard case that will clip on my belt and hold my Flip Video?
The winner of the 3D music animation DVDs is...
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11/4/2008   Post a comment
Well, we certainly had some interesting entries for our "The worst opening sentence..." in a hypothetical FPGA book competition...
And the lucky (Actel) winners are...
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11/3/2008   Post a comment
In which we discover the winners of the ten Actel IGLOO Icicle development kits...


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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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