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Arsenic and Old Lace
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7/27/2015   8 comments
You often hear that arsenic has no taste, but how do we know this to be true?
What's the best way to store Morse code dots and dashes in C?
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7/24/2015   16 comments
When it comes to representing Morse codes dot and dashes in C, every approach Max can think of is less than optimal or incongruous.
Which of 'The Big Bang Theory' Characters Are You?
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7/17/2015   9 comments
Want to know which of the 'Big Bang Theory' characters you're most like? Here's a fun little online quiz that will reveal all.
Maze-Running Micro-Mice
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7/16/2015   6 comments
These little rascals are surprisingly fast and extremely good at solving mazes -- maybe we should design an EETimes.com version.
Duck! Free Silego development kits are winging their way!
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7/15/2015   2 comments
Free Silego GPAK4 mixed-signal FPGA development kits will soon be winging their wat to the folks who tempted Max with the tastiest application ideas.
15% Discount for ESC Silicon Valley 2015
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7/15/2015   Post a comment
Max has wangled a top-secret-squirrel code for the forthcoming ESC Silicon Valley 2015; this little scamp grants 15% off All-Access, Conference, and Hardware Startup passes.
Will Scriba be the Computer Stylus for the 21st Century?
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7/14/2015   4 comments
By combining a traditional touch-screen interface approach with a Bluetooth Low-Energy capability, Scriba can enhance the user experience.
You Won’t Believe These Videos!
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7/13/2015   Post a comment
Watching a man in a wingsuit flying through a very small hole in a cliff at 155 MPH will send shivers down your spine.
Learn How to Implement Embedded Speech at ESC Silicon Valley
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7/13/2015   Post a comment
This is one session Max is definitely going to attend because he wants to add voice control capabilities to all of his projects.
Stunning Time-Lapse Photos
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7/13/2015   2 comments
If you have a moment to root through Shane Black's gallery, you will see images that will leave you speechless.
New Documentary about Dean Kamen Playing in Select Cinemas
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7/10/2015   Post a comment
One of the major problems facing the world in years to come will be lack of water. Dean Kamen's solution could mean the difference between life and death for countless people.
Deadline Extended to July 16 for ESC's Embedded Education Program (EEP) Call For Papers
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7/10/2015   Post a comment
In addition to presenting his/her paper in the Fantastical Theatre at ESC Silicon Valley, the 1st-place winner gets $500, an R&S HMO1002 Digital Oscilloscope.
Cavemen with Cameras
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7/9/2015   9 comments
Max's new scheme for his caveman diorama involves embedding some tiny video cameras around the cave -- Caveman Cam, if you will.
Very Cool Low-Power $5 FPGA Module
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7/9/2015   24 comments
The DIPSY is a tiny (10mm x 10mm) FPGA module that's based on an ice40UL1K FPGA from Lattice Semiconductor and that's priced at only $5 USD.
Four Drool-Worthy Kickstarter Projects
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7/8/2015   8 comments
From holodecks to light sabers to CRT-based clocks, these Kickstarter projects make one's inner geek squeal in delight!
Farewell Gary Smith
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7/7/2015   2 comments
Many people in the industry will forever think of “Gary Smith” and “EDA” as being synonymous. He was one of a kind!
Sneak Peak! Not Your Grandmother's Embedded Systems @ ESC Silicon Valley 2015
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7/6/2015   Post a comment
When it comes to the embedded systems we'll see in 10, 20, 50, and 100 years' time, the one thing we know for sure is that they won't be our grandmothers embedded systems.
No Respect!
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7/3/2015   82 comments
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
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7/2/2015   21 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   23 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   4 comments
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.
ESC SV: 20% Discount Ends July 10, 2015
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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   4 comments
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
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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
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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
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6/25/2015   29 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
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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
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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
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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   40 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   37 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   9 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   39 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
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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
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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 don’t 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?
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IoT Network Shoot Out
July 16, 1pm EDT Thursday

Replay available now: A handful of emerging network technologies are competing to be the preferred wide-area connection for the Internet of Things. All claim lower costs and power use than cellular but none have wide deployment yet. Listen in as proponents of leading contenders make their case to be the metro or national IoT network of the future. Rick Merritt, EE Times Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, moderators this discussion. Join in and ask his guests questions.

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