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Air hockey-playing robot plus uber-cool software
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
I just ran across a couple of interesting blogs that have videos associated with them, and it's well worth taking a peek at these little scamps.
The best-ever freeware utilities
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6/26/2008   Post a comment
There are tools here I never even heard of before, but now I know they're there I realize I can't live without them!
The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and other stuff
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6/25/2008   Post a comment
It's all go at the moment, my mom is in an airplane jetting over to see me as I pen these words, plus some classic comics are heading my way.
Killing people in an environmentally friendly way
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6/24/2008   1 comment
When one is creating weapons to blow things up and kill people, it seems a little "weird" to associate an "environmentally friendly" qualifier with them.
Don't slip on the PEEL array
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6/23/2008   2 comments
Does anyone know the name of the company that purchased ICT and their PEEL arrays?
A staple-free stapler - what a good idea!
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6/20/2008   Post a comment
I can't count the times I've been trying to remove a staple and ended up with it sticking into my thumb or slipping under my fingernail.
How to drive your business colleagues insane
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6/20/2008   Post a comment
If would be a funny old world if you couldn't laugh at somebody else's misfortunes (grin).
A Magma and Mentor Merger?
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6/19/2008   Post a comment
I just perused a blog by Gabe Moretti that has certainly given me "food for thought."
Harsh words re Cadence grabbing Mentor
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6/19/2008   Post a comment
A reader has some very definite views he felt moved to share with me (be warned, this includes tongue-twisting words like "megalithic mediocrity").
So, which type of car did I end up buying?
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6/19/2008   2 comments
With regard to my hunt for a new car, lots of folks are asking which make and model I ended up purchasing...
Jules Vernian analog synthesizer
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
This is one of those things you don't know you want until you see it, after which you can't get it out of your mind...
Cadence trying to buy Mentor
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
Noooooo! I am not a happy camper. This is NOT a good idea.
Making the world a better place one smile at a time
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
Here's a really worthwhile charity that helps kids in developing countries by providing life-changing surgery.
But what about...
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6/13/2008   Post a comment
Inflatable cars that can survive a fall off a cliff; I get a new car; but what about...
Calling all FPGA companies in stealth mode...
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6/10/2008   Post a comment
I've recently been pondering how many future FPGA companies are out there already working in stealth mode.
Being a press hack at DAC
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6/9/2008   Post a comment
Things are buzzing at this year's DAC
How do you spell EDA?
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6/6/2008   Post a comment
I'm heading out to DAC to explain everything there is to know about EDA to a bunch of high school students (I have just one hour).
I want a pneumatic car (and I want it now)!
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6/4/2008   7 comments
I'm really tired of the fact that my Nissan Xtera achieves only 16 miles-per-gallon " I want one of these pneumatic cars that runs on air!
Altera responds to Xilinx' response on Altera's FPGA benchmarks
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6/4/2008   Post a comment
Now I'm starting to get confused as to who is responding to whom...
PCB (Printed Circuit Board) questions
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6/3/2008   Post a comment
I'm trying to find via and pad diameters for "typical" and high-end circuit boards, and also for...
The first new FPGA fabric in the last 10 years?
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6/2/2008   Post a comment
Newcomer SiliconBlue has just launched a small, low-cost, ultra-low-power FPGA family targeted toward handheld applications.


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