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No Respect!
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7/3/2015   1 comment
Every now and then, you see someone doing something, and you think to yourself, "That person has no respect for anyone else."
Firework Display as Seen by Drone
Maxís Cool Beans  
7/2/2015   6 comments
Have been thinking about purchasing a drone? If so, watching this video may well push you over the edge.
Speech Recognizer / Synthesizer Shield for Arduino & Other MCUs
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7/1/2015   13 comments
A Kickstarter project the just launched promises a rather interesting speech recognizer and synthesizer shield for use in hobby projects and embedded systems.
Want a Free GPAK4 Mixed-Signal FPGA Development Kit From Silego?
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
25 GPAK4 mixed-signal FPGA development kits will be given by the folks at Silego to members of the EETimes.com and Embedded.com communities.
20% Discount for ESC Silicon Valley 2015 Using Secret Code
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
Max's top-secret-squirrel code for the forthcoming ESC Silicon Valley 2015 will get 20% off All-Access, Conference, and Hardware Startup passes.
Sneak Peak! RTOS Smackdown at ESC Silicon Valley 2015
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6/30/2015   Post a comment
At ESC Silicon Valley, seven of the leanest, meanest, coolest, hottest contenders in the RTOS multi-universe will take it in turns to explain why their RTOS is the bestest of the best.
Gobsmacking Graphic Novels
Maxís Cool Beans  
6/29/2015   9 comments
Max recently became enthralled with a bunch of new graphic novels; now he wants to make contact with someone with whom he can discuss the little rascals.
Rounding Algorithms Can Be Tricky
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6/29/2015   11 comments
There's a lot more to the topic of rounding than most people think, like the fact that different software applications may do things in different ways.
Bold Brit Builds Bodacious 16-Bit Mega-Processor
Maxís Cool Beans  
6/26/2015   12 comments
Once again, Britain is leading the world with regard to creating extremely large, painfully slow, and excruciatingly expensive computing technology.
From Volts and Amps to Furlongs per Fortnight
Maxís Cool Beans  
6/25/2015   27 comments
Engineers often work with very small or very large quantities. As an alternative to writing endless zeros, we annotate these quantities with special qualifiers.
Looking at the Amazon Echo from a Different Perspective
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Amazon's Alexa AppKit allows developers to create their own apps that leverage Alexa voice services to respond to custom commands with custom actions.
IEEE Recognizes Outstanding Engineer
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6/24/2015   1 comment
Bob Zeidman recognized by Santa Clara Valley Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with Outstanding Engineer Award.
The Amazin' Amazon Echo... Echo... Echo
Maxís Cool Beans  
6/23/2015   20 comments
The Amazon Echo is a tempting taste of things to come -- a step along the path to embedded systems that boast true embedded speech and embedded vision.
ESC Silicon Valley 2015 Sneak Peek: Obfuscated C Code
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6/23/2015   22 comments
The IOCCC, which is one of the longest running contests on the Internet, awards those who submit the most obfuscated working C program in 4096 bytes or less.
Secret Agent Wearable Phone Keeps Track of Kids
Maxís Cool Beans  
6/19/2015   22 comments
This wearable phone allows your child to communicate with authorized adults and also lets you track him or her on your own smartphone via GPS.
How Geeks Scrapbook
Maxís Cool Beans  
6/18/2015   18 comments
To what geeky hobbies do you subscribe? Do you sometimes worry that you would stand "proud in the crowd" at a geek convention?
What Would You Say To Cavemen 10,000 BM (Before Max)?
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6/17/2015   37 comments
If you were transported back in time and were sitting around a campfire chatting to a bunch of cavemen, what would you talk about?
How Fast Can You Solve This Puzzle?
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6/15/2015   34 comments
Before you look at the image in this column, first glance at your watch, and then see how many seconds it takes you to solve this cunning conundrum.
The Truth About Toilet Swirl Revealed!
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6/12/2015   8 comments
Does water really exit a bath with an anticlockwise spiral in the Northern hemisphere and a clockwise spiral in the Southern hemisphere?
Best/Worst Airline/Airport Ever?
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6/11/2015   38 comments
Have you any tales to tell about airports and airlines you would like to either praise and recommend or castigate and denounce?
Awesome Startup Sequence for Inamorata Prognostication Engine
Maxís Cool Beans  
6/5/2015   6 comments
The original power-up scheme was to have a simple on/off switch; the new approach involves a hot flame and a lot of physical effort.
ESC Minneapolis 2015 Schedule Now Live
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6/4/2015   Post a comment
Someone just asked Max to pick his 'Top 10' list from the ESC Minneapolis 2015 technical program; this is a difficult choice indeed.
Gizmo 2 SBC Powers Special Jump! Exposition
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6/2/2015   Post a comment
The world's first cultural center for videogames -- the National Video Arcade (NVA) -- is currently hosting a special exhibition on the fundamental "jump" gameplay mechanism.
Do You Have a Whey With Curds?
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5/26/2015   50 comments
In addition to cows, sheep, and goats -- cheese can also be made out of the milk from other mammals, including buffalo, reindeer, camels, and yaks.
Quarter-Sized, Magnetically Stackable Modules for Students and Makers
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5/21/2015   5 comments
mCookies are small, powerful, Arduino-compatible modules for makers, designers, engineers, students, and curious tinkerers of all ages
Hamvention Ho!
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5/12/2015   9 comments
On Friday, May 15, 2015 -- O frabjous day! -- you will find me charging around the electronic flea market at Hamvention rooting through all the tasty tempting treasures on offer.
A 'Dark City' Moment at ESC
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5/8/2015   14 comments
Max has no idea how the authorities managed to move a massive building from one side of his hotel to the other while he was sleeping!
Caveman Conundrum: The ESC Solution?
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
Max Maxfield's mind is churning out project ideas even while he hosts the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston. Here's a backwards look at forward-thinking guy.
Dirk Gently (Happy Face) & NASA (Sad Face)
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5/4/2015   10 comments
On the one hand, some of the 'powers that be' have done something right; on the other hand, some of those who stride the corridors of power are shooting us all in the foot.
Mega-Cool Breadboarding Multi-Tool Kickstarter Project
Maxís Cool Beans  
5/1/2015   9 comments
Even though Max considers himself to be something of a breadboarding hero, he still thinks one of these tools would save him a lot of time and effort.
Introducing FPGAs to MCU Gurus
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5/1/2015   14 comments
Hardware guys and gals know how all this stuff works "in our bones" and we donít understand why MCU guys and software weenies don't (LOL).
Star Trek (The Original Series) New Episodes!
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4/29/2015   47 comments
Do you miss the original Star Trek series? Would you like to see some more episodes? If so, this is your lucky day!
Is This the Most Disturbing Science Fiction Film Ever?
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4/28/2015   56 comments
Have you seen the film 'Snowpiercer'? If so, do you think it counts as one of the most thought-provoking and/or disturbing science fiction films you've ever seen?
Time Flies Like an Arrow & Fruit Flies Like Bananas
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4/24/2015   18 comments
Using a computer to translate something like a technical article from a foreign language into English can result in complete gobbledygook.
Wave of 100th Birthday Celebrations Rolls Around the World
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4/23/2015   2 comments
Following the party Max's family held to celebrate what would have been his dad's 100th birthday, a number of other people have decided to host similar events.
Sensor-Heavy Capriciously Cunning Chronograph
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4/22/2015   34 comments
I'm going to augment my capriciously cunning chronograph with so many sensors it will make your head spin; and when it does, my clock will detect it!
Last Man on Earth: How Would You Behave?
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4/20/2015   32 comments
How do you think youíd behave if you were the last person on earth? Would you run wild and free, or would you try to maintain some sense of decorum?
Full Human Head Transplant May Be Closer Than You Think
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4/17/2015   9 comments
Suddenly, some of the things we read in science fiction books donít seem quite so far-fetched as once they did.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek!
Maxís Cool Beans  
4/9/2015   2 comments
How exciting! We are currently looking for professors and students to attend our ESC Boston 2015 event through our Embedded Education Program.
What's the Worst Album/CD Ever?
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4/8/2015   103 comments
Once you've listened to '100 Polka Classics -- The Greatest Accordion Collection On Earth,' surely the only direction you can go is up; isnít it?
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek! Embedded Systems That Glow in the Dark
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4/1/2015   4 comments
At ESC Boston 2015, Max Maxfield will be giving a presentation on how radiation can affect electronic components and systems, and how hardware and software developers can mitigate against these effects.
My Mom the Radio Star
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3/30/2015   11 comments
Max's Mom was just interviewed on the radio. He says that she will be "dining out at the hairdressers" for weeks on this.
ESC Silicon Valley 2015 Sneak Peek! Using Arduinos & ChipKITs for Rapid Prototyping
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3/30/2015   11 comments
At ESC Silicon Valley 2015, Duane Benson will be giving a presentation on his experiences in using the Arduino for the rapid prototyping of his projects.
March 28 is Arduino Day -- Break Out the Party Hats!
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3/27/2015   10 comments
On 3/28/2015, the folks at SparkFun are offering up to 30% off some of their favorite Arduino/Arduino compatible boards and a whole slew of Arduino accessories.
Teensy-Weensy GPAK4 Mixed Signal FPGAs
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3/27/2015   6 comments
For embedded designers who arenít familiar with FPGAs, Silego's teensy-weensy mixed-signal GPAK devices might be just what they are looking for.
ESC Minneapolis 2015 Sneak Peek! Baking Pis in Africa
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
Do you want to hear tall tales of rafting the Nile and driving 8,000 miles from Nairobi to Johannesburg and back in the name of product testing?
It's Alive! It's Alive! Max's BADASS Display
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
When Max powers one of his projects up for the first time, it's not unusual for sparks and smoke and strange sounds to ensue. But in this this case...
Fear of Formication
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3/25/2015   49 comments
Even the definition of formication can be deceiving, because this word is derived from 'formica,' which is the Latin word for 'ant.'
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek! See Renowned Inventor Dean Kamen
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Attendees to the forthcoming ESC Boston 2015 will be able to attend a presentation by Renowned Inventor Dean Kamen titled: "The Luke Arm and Other Developments at DEKA Research"
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek! Feeling Insecure? Donít Worry; ESC Has You Covered!
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3/19/2015   Post a comment
Forewarned is forearmed, so thank goodness we have the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) to teach us all about securing our embedded systems.
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