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X-number-based calculators and keyboards
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
Calculator enthusiast James Redin has a suite of web-based calculators that demonstrate the use of verbal/structured numbers.
A blast from the past!
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Did you ever own an HP-41 programmable calculator? If so, I have a treat for you: a virtual HP-41 simulator-emulator!
How many ergs equate to one poundal-foot?
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
Have you seen that great little application called "Convert"? I use it all the time. And the best thing about it is it's free!
Fighting world hunger by building sculptures out of canned foods!
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
A friend recently introduced me to the "Canstruction" website where competing teams design giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods.
The sad tale of the avocado (its primary eater is extinct)
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5/19/2006   Post a comment
The South American herbivorous giant ground sloth is extinct. If I had to pass avocado stones on a regular basis, I think extinction would be the preferable option.
Mega-cool electronics hobbyist website
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
I was just introduced to the electrical and electronics website, which boasts a treasure-trove of interesting "stuff" for hobbyists and engineers alike.
Are you looking for a new job (if not, why not)?
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
Have you visited CMP's new Technical Careers website? If you're looking for a new job, or if you need more employees, you should check it out!
Easy- and fun-to-use schematic-driven logic simulator is now freeware!
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
I've long been impressed with the MMLogic simulator from Softronics, so I was delighted to discover that folks can now get it for free!
Virtex-5 devices aren't your mother's FPGAs!
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
Xilinx have just unveiled a new FPGA architecture at the 65 nm technology node, and these little rapscallions are mega-amazing!
Wild and wacky ideas for the HRRG computer!
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5/12/2006   Post a comment
Using a robot arm to write 0s and 1s on a piece of paper, combined with optical character recognition (OCR) to read the values back again as required.
There are some really clever TV adverts these days!
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5/11/2006   Post a comment
I recently ran across a website containing all of those mega-cool TV adverts that make us go "Ooooh" and "Ahhhh".
A mega-cool reference on computers!
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5/10/2006   Post a comment
With more than 20,000 entries, this little rapscallion will keep you busy for ages. You can download a free demo or you can search for terms online.
Take me outside and spank me now!
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5/9/2006   Post a comment
Good grief! I make one little mistake, and I find myself up to my ears in a deluge of messages (what's an XOR gate between friends?).
Another aid to communication for the severely disabled
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5/5/2006   Post a comment
Just about everyone knows someone who is physically challenged and who may benefit from a communications aid like Dasher.
Igpay Atinlay (Pig Latin) and other translators
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5/4/2006   Post a comment
If you've ever wondered how to speak in Pig Latin, then I have news for you! (Or perhaps I should say "Iay avehay ewsnay orfay ouyay!")
Adjusting images for color-blind viewers
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5/3/2006   Post a comment
Here's a mega-cool program that modifies color images in such a way that color-blind folks can extract useful information from them!
Scientists make water run uphill (really!)
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5/2/2006   Post a comment
There's so much cool stuff out there to discover (and play with) on the Internet that sometimes I'm amazed I actually get any work done!
"Letter Board" for the severely disabled
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5/1/2006   Post a comment
My wheelchair-bound friend, Steve Pesto, has developed a simple, elegant, easy-to-use tool to aid communication with the severely disabled. Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)

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