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PowerPoint Presentations: One Chance to Make a First Impression
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11/30/2015   7 comments
People are often blissfully unaware that they are presenting a mish-mash of clip-art and random images munged together with a visual assault of text fonts, sizes, and colors.
Want to Share Humongous Files with Friends? Here's How
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11/24/2015   Post a comment
If you need to transfer humongous files to your friends, then WeTransfer.com offers a surprisingly pain-free experience.
Ooh Shiny! The iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit
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11/24/2015   10 comments
With Christmas drawing close, you may be searching for gifts for family, friends, and colleagues, in which case the folks at iFixit have a few tasty items available.
Using a 3D Printer to Create Prototyping Jigs
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11/23/2015   4 comments
Steve Manley is creating mega-useful jigs to facilitate the construction of his hobby projects using his new 3D printer.
iPad Pro, We Have a Problem
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11/20/2015   29 comments
The folks at Saddleback Leather had better get a move on, because daddy wants to start playing with his iPad Pro!
Here's How to Acknowledge Your Rising Engineering Star Employees
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11/19/2015   2 comments
This is a wonderful (and free) way for companies to recognize their exemplary employees and for individuals to acknowledge their praiseworthy colleagues.
Easily Migrate Apps + Docs from Windows X to Windows Y or Z
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11/19/2015   1 comment
Zinstall WinWin provides the ability to migrate from any Windows OS to any Windows OS (any edition, 32-bit and 64-bit) and from any PC model to any PC model.
What Are the Odds? Red Traffic Lights for Life!
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11/17/2015   20 comments
Could it be that one poor soul out there always experiences red traffic lights -- that each and every light transitions to red as our sad friend approaches?
Cunning Chronograph: Awesome Audio Display Alternative
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11/16/2015   4 comments
There are many different ways of doing things, such as presenting audio spectrum data on a NeoPixel-based clock, for example.
XLR8 FPGA-Accelerated Arduino Clone Kickstarter is Live
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11/12/2015   4 comments
You won't even know you're running your sketch on an FPGA until you fire up one or more of the accelerated functions... and then the magic happens.
Welcome to the Future -- Dynamic Adverts
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11/12/2015   3 comments
It may be that -- in the not-so-distant future -- everyone watching a TV program in the comfort of their own homes sees different advertising objects seamlessly embedded in the scenes.
Programmable Logic Meet-up Met-up at ESC Minneapolis
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11/10/2015   3 comments
The programmable meet-up at ESC Minneapolis was so successful that we'll definitely be doing this sort of thing at future ESCs, starting with ESC Boston 2016.
ESC Boston 2016 -- Call For Speakers Extended Until 20 Nov
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11/5/2015   Post a comment
Happy Dance! The gate keepers have been instructed to re-open the submissions portal for ESC Boston 2016, so you have two more weeks to collect your thoughts and submit a proposal.
Robotic Arm Gives Max a Hand
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10/30/2015   3 comments
When Max ran into a little problem, he contacted the founders of the Makerarm robotic arm and asked if they could... wait for it... lend a hand.
NASA's Darrel Raines to Give Keynote at ESC Minneapolis
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10/30/2015   Post a comment
Darrel's keynote -- Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle Overview: Embedded Flight Software -- will take place on Wednesday, November 4, from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m
Cunning Coding Tricks for LED Ring Lighting Effects
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10/22/2015   11 comments
If you are a hardware hero who only occasionally dips your toes in the software waters, then these coding tips and tricks may prove to be jolly useful to you.
'Arduino on Steroids': FPGA-based XLR8 at ESC Minneapolis
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10/19/2015   15 comments
Even with the same clock frequency as a regular Arduino, the FPGA-based XLR8 can accelerate things like floating-point math and perform other tasks much better.
ESC Minneapolis Hosts Programmable Logic Meet-up
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10/16/2015   Post a comment
This informal networking session is open to anyone who is in any way interested in, or involved in, programmable logic -- from designers to vendors to service providers.
Cryptex Steampunk USB Memory Sticks
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10/13/2015   7 comments
This USB flash drive is presented in a Steampunk-esque container boasting a mechanical combination lock of a type used hundreds of years ago to keep secrets.
Fabulous Flaming Flanges to Drool Over
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10/12/2015   4 comments
Much like your humble narrator, the fully-assembled proto-flange is bright and shiny, as light as a feather, and awesomely good looking.
Is this the Coolest Ruler Ever?
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10/9/2015   13 comments
This really is a cool ruler, but maybe we could add some additional "stuff" (what should that "stuff" be?)
Cunning Chronograph: Tricky Timing Troubles
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10/9/2015   14 comments
One Arduino library leaves the interrupts enabled and consumes less memory but it's slower; the other disables interrupts but executes faster. Which one should we use?
ESC Minneapolis: Top-Secret 15% Discount Code (Shhhh!)
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10/8/2015   2 comments
Anyone in possession of this top secret code can obtain 15% off the current rate for a Full Conference Pass to ESC Minneapolis 4-5 November 2015.
Image This: 4 Eyes Better than 2 on Smartphones
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10/7/2015   4 comments
It won’t be long before smartphones boast at least four cameras -- two in the back and two in the front -- for detecting & recognizing faces, people, gestures, objects, and motion.
Makerarm Multifunction Robotic Arm -- A Maker's Dream!
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10/6/2015   13 comments
Want a complete digital fabrication system for makers everywhere: 3D print, laser, carve, plot, assemble, pick/place & more on your desktop?
We Are Not Alone!
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10/5/2015   9 comments
Sometimes you start to believe you are the only person who thinks the way you do, and then suddenly you discover that you are not alone.
Come to the Dark Side of the IoT at ESC
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10/5/2015   Post a comment
"Assembly may be your father, and C may be your mother, but Python is your destiny," as Darth Vader might have said.
ESC & Kevin Bacon meet New Horizons & Pluto
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10/2/2015   8 comments
What are the odds you know someone who knows someone who designed some of the imaging sensors used on the New Horizons space probe?
Upverter Parts Concierge -- a Virtual Assistant for Engineers
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10/1/2015   3 comments
The Upverter Parts Concierge service frees engineers from having to create and verify schematic symbols and board footprints for electronic components.
Water on Mars: Never-Before-Seen Close-Up Photo
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9/30/2015   5 comments
The HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter boasts special e2v sensors that allow it to collect images of unprecedented detail.
Latest & Greatest in the Cunning Chronograph Competition
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
In which cunning ideas to spiffy-up the display are presented and new 3D models for the base-plate and face-plate are made available.
18 Years Till Next Full Blood Supermoon
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9/28/2015   31 comments
The next full blood supermoon won’t occur until 2033, which means Max will have to wait 18 years to feast his orbs on this astronomical delight.
Using a Tiny Mixed-Signal FPGA to Implement a Multi-Peripheral Controller
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9/25/2015   Post a comment
Offloading the host MCU, saving GPIOs, and simplifying PCB layout by implementing a sophisticated multi-peripheral controller using a GPAK4 from Silego.
Illuminating LFSRs, K-Maps, Gray Codes, and more...
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9/24/2015   20 comments
Even experienced engineers may find some of these introductory topics to be of interest, such as generating sub-2^n Gray code count sequences.
Using FPGAs in Embedded Systems Facilitated By High-Level Tools & Flows
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9/23/2015   Post a comment
SoC-based FPGAs combine the power of advanced microprocessor cores with the programmable fabric of a standard FPGA.
Embedded Everywhere (Especially in Denmark)
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9/22/2015   1 comment
Max will be giving the keynote presentation at the Embedded Everywhere conference and exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark, 26 October 2015.
Company-Funded Hackathons; Now That's a Great Idea
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9/21/2015   2 comments
In addition to being fun for the employees, hackathon projects can be used to inspire customers to think outside the box.
The Dark & Dismal Days Before the Universal Remote Control
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9/15/2015   26 comments
In the early days of TV, different companies tried all sorts of weird and wonderful ideas to implement remote controls based on the technologies available at the time.
Join Arduino Show & Tell at ESC Minneapolis 2015
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9/14/2015   Post a comment
This Show and Tell at ESC Minneapolis will feature engineers and makers presenting their home-built, Arduino-based devices and explaining how they were constructed.
"Holy Flaming Flanges, Batman," Exclaimed Max
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9/11/2015   52 comments
If Max creates his fantastic flanges using Draw2CNC, will it bring to bring a smile to his visage or a frown to his phizog?
People Are Awesome! Things You Wish You Could Do
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9/11/2015   8 comments
Some of the things the folks in this video are doing will make you gasp with astonishment and squeal in delight.
Augmenting Your Systems With Embedded Vision
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9/7/2015   8 comments
Want to add embedded vision to your system? This just got easier with OMRON's Human Vision Components (HVC) modules.
Video: New Developments in the Cunning Chronograph Competition
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9/4/2015   11 comments
Steve Manley has taken our capriciously cunning chronograph competition to the next level using his new 3d printer.
An affordable online CNC prototyping service: Draw2CNC
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9/3/2015   21 comments
The great thing about Draw2CNC (in addition to being free, quick to learn, and easy to use) is that it won't let you create a design that cannot be manufactured.
Two Drones Just Landed On My Desk
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9/2/2015   17 comments
In which Max discovers the joys of flying drones and capturing videos from the air.
Latest & Greatest Woodstock Era Spotify Playlist
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9/2/2015   11 comments
Here's a Woodstock Era playlist comprising 158 songs (9 hours and 24 minutes) that can be loaded directly into Spotify.
Video: Two Fritos Cans 'Chatting'
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8/28/2015   16 comments
Imagine a gaggle of these cans conversing with each other -- their lids and animatronic eyes popping up and down like a demented game of Whac-A-Mole.
Revisiting the Woodstock Era with the Perfect Playlist
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8/27/2015   102 comments
If you were tasked with creating the definitive collection of songs that defined the Woodstock era, which tracks would you include and which would you exclude?
Want a Deal? Visit Your Local Technology Recycling Store
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8/25/2015   15 comments
It doesn’t matter how crusty you are -- $2.50 for a 15-meter Ethernet cable is bound to being a little smile to your face.
Fantastical Theatre Featured at ESC Minneapolis 2015
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8/25/2015   8 comments
At the forthcoming Embedded System Conference (ESC), the Fantastical Theatre sessions are open to all attendees, including those sporting a Free Demo Hall Pass.
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NASA's Orion Flight Software Production Systems Manager Darrel G. Raines joins Planet Analog Editor Steve Taranovich and Embedded.com Editor Max Maxfield to talk about embedded flight software used in Orion Spacecraft, part of NASA's Mars mission. Live radio show and live chat. Get your questions ready.
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