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Can anyone learn to design with FPGAs?
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8/29/2007   Post a comment
The answer according to ASIC designer Sven Andersson is yes, and he's documented his experiences to prove it!
Total Lunar Eclipse Aug 28th
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
What are you doing in the wee hours of the morning of Tuesday 28th August (surely you weren't thinking about sleeping)?
USB-based CD/DVD Destroyer
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8/22/2007   Post a comment
Destroys the surface of CDs and DVDs rendering their data-bearing surfaces unreadable within five seconds!
"Holy Socks, Batman, they've found a hole in Mars!"
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
Have you seen this amazing NASA picture showing a hole in the planet Mars?
Howling at the moon!
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
Have you ever seen the moon rising just above the horizon and looking absolutely HUGE?
Have you seen "The Device"?
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8/15/2007   Post a comment
"The Device Patented Process Indicating Apparatus" is an enigmatic beast; at first glance, one hardly knows what to make of it ... and at second glance things don't get much better.
Great source for out-of-print books!
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8/14/2007   Post a comment
Lindsay reprints out of print and public domain technical manuals from the 19th and 20th centuries.
AMAZING Victorian-styled computers!
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8/10/2007   Post a comment
I am completely blown away. I have just been exposed to the most amazing Victorian-styled computer keyboards, displays, cabinets ... and all sorts of things!
More mega-cool USB-based "stuff"
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8/9/2007   Post a comment
There are so many USB-based products out there that my head is starting to spin; some of these little rascals are way over the top, but every now and then...
Mega-cool USB-based turntable
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8/7/2007   Post a comment
Save your old vinyl records - convert them to MP3 or WAV files using this USB-based record deck.
Microchip launches chip Wiki
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8/6/2007   Post a comment
New site allows engineers, students, and professors to collaborate online and share information on semiconductor products, applications, and best practices.
The best "computing universe" diagram ever!
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8/3/2007   Post a comment
I'm the victim of my own success; folks like my "computing universe" diagram and paper so much that they keep on asking me to change them.
If evolution works, why are there so many idiots?
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8/2/2007   1 comment
As Albert Einstein once said: "Only two things are infinite - the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the universe."
When FPGA I/O design becomes a necessity
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8/1/2007   Post a comment
How to overcome the challenges of rising device complexities and higher costs when integrating programmable logic devices on the PCB.


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