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Content posted in December 2008
New Year Resolutions
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12/31/2008   1 comment
It's that time of the year again where we either set ourselves up for failure... or possibly for success...
CIA - The World Factbook
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Believe it or not, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is responsible for something we can all use...
Free real-time HTML editor
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Here's a handy-dandy free tool that could be very useful...
Uncle Jay explains the news
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
In this 2008 roundup, Uncle Jay helps little minds understand big news stories...
Good grief, is that the (Barycentric Dynamical) time?
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
I've just learned a whole lot of stuff I never knew I didn't know...
If programming languages were religions...
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12/29/2008   Post a comment
Lisp would be Zen Buddhism (some say that it's not a language at all; others say that it's the only language that makes sense)...
Important safety instructions
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12/29/2008   Post a comment
Sometimes the safety instructions that come with today's products make you shake your head in disbelief...
Taser Stun Gun ... a great gift for the wife?
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12/29/2008   Post a comment
Hmmm, do we all remember the quote: *If you think Education is difficult, try being stupid!*
A wave of happiness is sweeping the nation...
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12/24/2008   Post a comment
Weather forecasts... pollen forecasts... mold forecasts... emotional forecasts?
Why does...
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12/24/2008   1 comment
Does the direction of rotation of the platform in a microwave oven reverse almost each time the oven is started?
Will these vehicles run?
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12/24/2008   Post a comment
Here's a "brain tickler" for puzzle fans from a 1932 issue of Modern Mechanix magazine.
Top 10 *How To* Design Articles in 2008
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Yes! The moment we've all been waiting for... the results are in... here are the Top 10 *How To* Design Articles from 2008!
The farmer, the wolf, the goat, and the cabbage
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
The folks at Blue Pearl Software always seem to find a way to *tickle my fancy* (the little scamps).
All sorts of *cool stuff*
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
I can't keep up... I'm too young for all of this!
40 Inspirational speeches in two minutes
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
This is a very useful "pick-me-up" if you're feeling a little low.
Rambling musings
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
Do you realize that we're almost 1/10 of the way through the 21st century!
Don't be greedy!
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
Here's a really clever video with a lesson to be learned...
In the doghouse again...
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12/12/2008   Post a comment
Men, don't purchase your loved one a vacuum cleaner for Christmas, otherwise this (video) might happen to you...
Heathkit article hits home...
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12/12/2008   Post a comment
A reader shows his son that you can actually fix a broken electronic product like a DVD player instead of splurging out on a new one...
SSD is the one for me!
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12/12/2008   Post a comment
Over the last few months I've been exposed to various aspects of power consumption. One topic that keeps on raising its ugly head in particular is that of data centers...
Is YouTube imposing country-based censorship?
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
This is strange... someone writes to tell me that YouTube says a video I recommended isn't available for viewing in their country...
Funny "for-sale-by-owner" car advert
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
This car was engineered by 3rd degree ninja super-warriors in the highest mountains of Japan to serve the needs of the man that cheats death on a daily basis...
The three winning projects for the Altium Design Competition are...
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
Yes! We have decided on the three winning projects for the Altium Design Competition; once these projects have been implemented, we will announce the Grand Prize Winner...
Triumph Rocket III " 21st century motorcycle manufacture
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
Here's an oldie-but-goodie video that's bound to bring a smile to the most jaded amongst us...
Volkswaffe: The Flying Cars of Nazi Germany
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
Here's another video showing that some folks have way too much free time on their hands...
EDA Rescue Plan
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12/9/2008   Post a comment
I just received an email from a company called Blue Pearl Software that, if nothing else, managed to grab my attention.
Ask not for whom the bell tolls...
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12/5/2008   Post a comment
...it tolls for...
Michelin reinvents the wheel
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12/4/2008   2 comments
I've been meaning to get around to doing this myself for quite some time ... but I was thinking more in terms of painting it a different color...
The soul of an old Heathkit
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12/4/2008   Post a comment
Ah, the joy of constructing a do-it-yourself electronics kit and powering it on for the very first time...
Query re LabVIEW FPGA Toolbox
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A novice FPGA user asks for our input with regard to National Instruments' LabVIEW FPGA Module.
More on MyHDL
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12/3/2008   Post a comment
I just heard news about a "MyHDL Cookbook" that will be of interest to many denizens of programmable logic space...
Cool cartoon/graphics creation software
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12/3/2008   Post a comment
Here's something that would make an ideal Christmas present for lots of folks, from young adults to... well, me...
Two Stupid Dogs - Part 1 - The Journey Begins
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12/1/2008   Post a comment
I've augmented my Flip Video with a really amazing video editing program and a mega-cool MP3/WAV audio recorder... so now I'm poised to make my first movie...


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