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We're in RFID Wonderland!
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4/28/2006   Post a comment
It won't be long before RFID tags appear on almost every product we buy, such as a can of beans or a carton of milk.
Be afraid, be very afraid!
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4/27/2006   Post a comment
Will a credit card company still send you a card if you tear the application up into small pieces and then stick it back together again? Unbelievably, the answer is "Yes!"
2 GHz Asynchronous FPGAs and other "stuff"
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4/26/2006   Post a comment
A new day dawns with more ideas than you can shake a stick at rattling around in my poor old noggin.
Das Keyboard!
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4/25/2006   Post a comment
What would you think about a computer keyboard with absolutely no markings on the keys: genius or insanity?
Ultrasonic teenage deterrent
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4/24/2006   Post a comment
A new device has been specifically designed to disperse groups of teenagers from loitering in areas in which they are not wanted.
Happy Birthday Mentor Graphics!
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4/17/2006   Post a comment
In the not-so-distant past, the company names "Daisy, Mentor, and Valid" went together like "Larry, Curly, and Moe!"
The most amazing computer keyboard ever!
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4/14/2006   Post a comment
I've just been introduced to the most amazing computer keyboard, in which every key is an active color display!
I asked: "what's the minimum instruction set for a CPU?" And the answer is...
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4/12/2006   Post a comment
According to one reader, the answer is just one instruction, and he has the references to prove it!
Any positions open for an EE near Newton, MA?
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4/11/2006   Post a comment
I've been in email correspondence with a reader about different design technologies; he's a good all-rounder who is looking for a job.
What's the minimum instruction set for a useful CPU?
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4/7/2006   Post a comment
I'm currently pondering the minimum instruction set for a useful CPU. Any ideas or musings would be gratefully received.
The first "integrated circuit" from 1926!
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4/5/2006   Post a comment
To my mind, the "Loewe 3NF" from 1926 (a device conceived to reduce the amount of taxes one had to pay) certainly qualifies as an "integrated circuit"!
I'm in Nixie Tube Heaven!
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4/4/2006   Post a comment
I've just been introduced to the "Mike's Electric Stuff" website, which provides a goldmine of information on early display technologies and other "stuff".
Arrggh, I almost had a Jacob's Ladder!
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4/3/2006   Post a comment
Another system clock contender for my "Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg Computer" project would be a Jacob's ladder.


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