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The Best of the Best Videos on YouTube
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10/18/2014   4 comments
If you were compiling a list of the best of the best videos on YouTube, which ones would you choose?
Thought-Provoking Nugget of Knowledge: Island Universes
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10/17/2014   20 comments
If galaxies were shrunk to the size of apples, how far apart do you think neighboring galaxies would be?
Clicking 'Yes' One Second Before Screaming 'Nooooo!'
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10/16/2014   67 comments
It's bad enough if you lose your work due to a computer crash, but it's really frustrating when you are the instrument of your own doom.
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress & Malt Vinegar Is a Harsh Corrosive
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10/14/2014   165 comments
Max's latest brass-aging experiments include the use of ammonia, Himalayan rock salt, English malt vinegar, and other substances of a dubious nature.
Priceless Nuggets of Knowledge Re Antique Analog Meters
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10/10/2014   30 comments
Here is some extremely useful information for anyone interested in using analog meters -- both for hobby projects and for commercial systems.
The Solution to Your Analog Meter Woes
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10/9/2014   24 comments
The folks at Instrument Meter Specialties are experts in anything and everything to do with antique and modern meters, including repairing and restoring the little beauties.
Free E-Book: Adam Taylor's MicroZed Chronicles
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10/9/2014   13 comments
This free e-book teaches all about working with the Zynq SoC FPGA, all the way from the "Hello World" basics to asymmetric multiprocessing and the addition of several real-time operating systems (RTOSs).
What? You Missed ESC Brazil 2014? Check Out This Video!
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10/8/2014   18 comments
Finally, Max's mother will be able to see a video of him 'strutting his stuff' on the conference stage.
Mega-Cool Transistor-Level Classic Chip Kits
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10/7/2014   40 comments
In addition to being great to play with oneself, these kits provide an absolutely brilliant tool for teaching basic principles to newcomers to electronics.
Is There a Doctor Duino in the House?
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10/6/2014   26 comments
While creating a set of animatronic robot eyes, Max realized he was out of 10KΩ potentiometers. If only there had been a Dr. Duino in the house.
Analog Meter Faceplate Solution for Vetinari Clock
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10/3/2014   11 comments
Everything is starting to come together -- the materials for the box used to house the Vetinari Clock, the graphics for the new meter faceplates, and the process by which these faceplates will be created.
Looking at the World Through Rose-Tinted Prism Glasses
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10/2/2014   18 comments
Have you ever wondered how the world would appear if you were to gaze at it through prism glasses?
Saddleback Sale – It's Happy Dance Time
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10/1/2014   5 comments
The folks at Saddleback Leather are having a sale, and this is a great time to start stocking up on Christmas presents for one's nearest and dearest.
Feast Your Orbs on My Jiggly Exercise Machine
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9/26/2014   83 comments
This isn't your mother's jiggly exercise machine. This new incarnation performs its wonders in a completely different way.
ScratchDuino Magnetic Robotics Kickstarter Project
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9/25/2014   4 comments
The combination of easy-to-attach magnetic sensors with a graphical programming interface makes the ScratchDuino ideal for teaching younger kids about computers, robots, and programming.
iSilly People Should Not Use Wave for iOS8
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9/24/2014   21 comments
The Wave hoax currently circulating online tells people they can charge their iPhones and iPads by placing them in a microwave oven.
Tiny Kickstarter MCU Board Provides 'Smart Fusion' for IoT Systems
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9/23/2014   21 comments
The LPLC TOO is a tiny, low-power microcontroller board designed to act as intelligent glue logic on your next Internet of Things (IoT) project.
Some Days You're the Pigeon, Others You're the Statue
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9/22/2014   61 comments
Are cities still commissioning new statues, or is this practice a thing of the past?
Steve Wozniak Reacts to Latest iPhone
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9/19/2014   18 comments
Being presented with his very own iCups communications system certainly brightened Steve Wozniak's day.
10 Top Video Parodies on User Interfaces
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9/18/2014   58 comments
There have been some interesting videos of "user interface parodies" over the years -- some that are "old chestnuts," some that deserve to be called "classics," and some that have only recently appeared on the scene.
Dr. Duino Diagnostic Shield Deduces Dilemmas in Arduino Shield Stacks
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9/17/2014   13 comments
When sandwiched between an Arduino Uno and a shield -- or between two shields -- jumpers on the Dr. Duino can either pass signals between the boards above and below or route them to test points and other components.
Oh, No! My Antique Analog Meter Has Twitched Its Last
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9/15/2014   42 comments
One of Max Maxfield's treasured analog meters has shrugged off this mortal coil. He's hoping a member of the EETimes community can point him toward a replacement.
Innovative Technique for Depicting PCBs Using Tiny Figurines
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9/11/2014   24 comments
Alan Winstanley has been taking lots of photographs depicting a computer motherboard as a city populated with tiny figurines.
Enhancing Electronic Enterprises With Edison Emanations
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9/10/2014   15 comments
Max Maxfield may take a look at those reproductions of vintage-style light bulbs known as Edison Bulbs to enhance the look and feel of his hobby projects.
Aging Brass: New Book Explains All
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9/9/2014   16 comments
A new book -- Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths -- contains page after page of pictures and descriptions of the treatments that were used to get the effects you see.
RPiSoC: PSoC-Based Board Boosts Raspberry Pi's Capabilities
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9/8/2014   6 comments
The RPiSoC, which is based on the PSoC 5LP, can be used to off-load a Raspberry Pi while also working with Arduino shields and Digilent Pmods.
Hamfests & Electronic Flea Markets: What's Not to Love?
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9/5/2014   44 comments
Visiting a Hamfest started Max Maxfield on a series of electronic projects that show no signs of ending soon.
Aging Brass: The Secrets of the Ancients
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9/4/2014   33 comments
The book Machinery's Shop Receipts boasts 600 useful compositions and formulas that will surely answer Max Maxfield's questions about aging and etching brass.
How to Fly Without Catching the Dreaded Lurgy?
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9/2/2014   81 comments
On returning from his trip to Brazil, Max Maxfield was diagnosed with bronchitis, which he thinks he caught on the plane. Is there any way to prevent this?
Aging Brass: Cow Poop vs. Horse Doo-Doo
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8/27/2014   55 comments
There are myriad ways to artificially age brass, including the use of salt, vinegar, ammonia, and temperature. The more daring among us may also consider cow and/or horse manure.
All Aboard for the EETimes Road Trip to the May 2015 Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio
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8/25/2014   49 comments
In May 2015, a bunch of us (including wives, husbands, and significant others) are going to the biggest Hamfest in the world in Dayton, Ohio -- do you want to join us?
Creating New Faceplates for Antique Analog Meters
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8/22/2014   103 comments
If you wish to use antique meters as part of your hobby projects, one task will be to replace the existing faceplate annotations, but what's the best way to do this?
Creating a Vetinari Clock Using Antique Analog Meters
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8/20/2014   132 comments
Can you imagine a clock formed from old analog meters mounted in an antique-looking wooden box? Now imagine an interpretation of a Vetinari clock (the mind boggles).
Synthesize Your Own RTOS for FREE!
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8/19/2014   11 comments
SynthOS automatically "synthesizes" an application-specific operating system (ASOS) -- for use on an FPGA, MCU, or SoC -- that is optimized for your application.
Interpreting Marketing Claims
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8/18/2014   52 comments
Marketing materials tend to include all sorts of claims, but what do these assertions mean in the real world?
R U Using AmazonSmile?
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8/15/2014   8 comments
This is just like using the regular Amazon, the only difference is that Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the charity of your choice.
Really Annoying Music Suppressors
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8/14/2014   34 comments
What do you do if you are on a road trip with someone who likes to play music really loud -- especially if it's a genre you don’t particularly like yourself?
Zapping Things With ESD – Just One More Service I Offer
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8/13/2014   87 comments
While Max was mulling things over while driving into work, he had a simple yet (he thinks) brilliant idea...
ESC Brazil Prepares for the Robot Apocalypse
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8/11/2014   32 comments
ESC Brazil 2014 is the place to "see and be seen" for any hardware designer and software developer of embedded systems based in South America.
Cake-Cutting Technique for Mathematical Loners
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8/8/2014   41 comments
This cake-cutting technique maximizes the amount of gastronomic pleasure one can achieve with a cake -- an achievement that is not to be sniffed at.
Building a Low-Cost Theremin
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8/6/2014   21 comments
The Theremini looks uber-cool -- truly a Theremin for the 21st century. The only problem is the $299 price tag.
PSoC 4 Emulation of a MSGEQ7 Audio Spectrum Analyzer
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8/5/2014   11 comments
Applications engineer Sree Harsha Angara has used a programmable SoC to create an exact replica of a MSGEQ7 audio spectrum analyzer IC.
MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer: Software & Timing
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8/4/2014   6 comments
In which we discover some potential "gotchas" with regard to constructing a simple 14-band (2 x 7) audio spectrum analyzer using two MSGEQ7s and a chipKIT or Arduino microcontroller development platform.
What's the Best Traveling Toolkit?
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7/31/2014   130 comments
When one is traveling, it can be really handy to have a small toolkit on hand, but which kit is the best?
Fist Bumps & the Zombie Apocalypse
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7/30/2014   57 comments
A fist bump transmits about 1/20th of the pathogens as compared to a regular handshake.
Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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7/23/2014   22 comments
Max is juggling so many hobby projects that it's no wonder his head is spinning like a top.
MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer: Testing
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7/17/2014   14 comments
Here's a step-by-step guide for testing a simple 14-band (2 x 7) audio spectrum analyzer using two MSGEQ7s and a chipKIT or Arduino microcontroller development platform.
All I Need Now Is a Pair of Leather Chaps
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7/16/2014   31 comments
Max Maxfield cannot stop himself from adding to his collection of items from Saddleback Leather.
I Can’t Keep Up – What TV Should I Watch?
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7/15/2014   59 comments
There are a lot of science fiction programs on TV at the moment -- Continuum, Defiance, Dominion, Falling Skies, Lost Girl, Orphan Black, The 100 -- but which are worth watching?
All Hail the Mighty Hamster
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7/14/2014   24 comments
The Mighty Hamster (a.k.a. Mike Field) will favor Huntsville, Ala., USA, with his august presence.
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The Best of the Best Videos on YouTube
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A couple of days ago, my chum Paul was visiting me in my office. He'd wandered over from his cubicle in the next bay to take a brief coffee break. This week, Paul had been admiring the ...

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As we do every year, Dr. Dobb's recognizes the best books of the last 12 months via the Jolt Awards -- our cycle of product awards given out every two months in each of six categories. No ...

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Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
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The Other Tesla
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I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...