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Mind-Bogglingly Stupid Rumors & Websites
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1/21/2016   56 comments
Are you aware of any websites that purport to tell the truth about something so outrageously stupid that it brings tears to your eyes?
Controlling IoT Devices with Mobile Platforms -- Creating Hierarchical Menus
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1/15/2016   Post a comment
"In which we discover how to create a hierarchical GUI to be displayed on a mobile platform, where this GUI can be used to control a Simblee-enabled device.
The Loss of Innocence Wisdom (Teeth)
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1/13/2016   33 comments
The medical profession has made tremendous strides with regard to anesthesiology in recent years.
UK Device Developers' Conference: Build Better Embedded Systems Faster
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1/11/2016   Post a comment
In which we discover how to optimize our ARM Cortex-M code and build better embedded systems faster.
What's Best -- A Time Machine or a Time Portal?
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1/8/2016   21 comments
On the one hand, it's nice to be able to relax in a comfy chair whilst travelling through time, but it's hard to ignore the convenience afforded by a time portal.
Best FPGA Tools on the iPad
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1/7/2016   6 comments
Do you have any experience with iPad apps for VHDL and Verilog editing and FPGA design and verification?
How Did It Get So Late So Soon?
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1/5/2016   26 comments
The back panel created by the Makerarm multifunction robotic arm for use on Max's Capriciously Cunning Chronograph makes people gasp with delight.
Caveman Christmas
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12/30/2015   Post a comment
In this holiday round-up, Max brings us up to date as to the current state of play with regard to his ongoing Caveman Diorama project.
Who Am I? What Will a DNA Test Reveal?
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12/22/2015   41 comments
What will a DNA test divulge about Max's ancestry? Does he have any Celtic, Roman, Anglo Saxon, Viking, European, African, Middle Eastern, or Pan-Asian blood flowing through his veins?
Introducing the IoHT (Internet of Heavier Things)
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12/17/2015   Post a comment
In the USA alone, there's around $6.8 trillion of fixed infrastructure and machinery that needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Don’t Let I2C Pullup Resistors Bite You on the Bus!
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12/17/2015   15 comments
Sometimes you are so confident of your abilities that you let the simplest things fall through the cracks.
The Changing Map of Israel 3000 BCE to 2015 CE
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12/16/2015   1 comment
It's amazing to see the advance, ebb, and flow of civilizations as they surge back and forth across the landscape.
Creating IoT Devices & Controlling Them With Your Smartphone or Tablet
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12/15/2015   7 comments
The teeny-tiny Simblee module allows you to create 'things' for use with the Internet of Things, and to then monitor and control these little scamps using your smartphone or tablet.
MKR1000 Combines Functionality of Arduino Zero and Wi-Fi Shield
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12/10/2015   3 comments
The 1,000 people who submit the best project proposals to "The World's Largest Arduino Maker Challenge" will each win a newly-released MKR1000.
Shiny iPad Pro Meets Spiffy Saddleback Leather Case
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12/9/2015   Post a comment
Backing an old iPad up into the cloud is relatively painless, but restoring a new machine from the cloud can make your eyes water.
Teeny-Tiny Mixed-Signal FPGA-Based Light-Tracking Device
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12/9/2015   2 comments
Wojciech Rynczuk, an embedded software engineer with Rockwell Automation based in Poland, has created a light-tracking device using a GPAK4 from Silego.
Top 10 Articles on Programmable Logic Designline in 2015
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12/7/2015   5 comments
It's always fascinating to see which stories attract the most readers. Some articles I expected to go like gangbusters attracted only a "ho hum," while others really hit the home run.
Save the Date (15 Dec 2015)! EE Times Radio Show: "Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle"
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12/4/2015   25 comments
Here's the opportunity of a lifetime for you to pose questions to the System Manager for Flight Software Production for NASA's Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle.
DIY Bacon Jam (It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas)
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12/4/2015   6 comments
Jars of homemade bacon jam may make the ideal Christmas present for that certain someone...
Book Review: The Maker's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse by Simon Monk
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12/2/2015   15 comments
When dropping a microwave oven on a zombie's head, tie a rope to it first so you can reel it back in. In a post-apocalyptic world, it's even more important to recycle.
PowerPoint Presentations: One Chance to Make a First Impression
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11/30/2015   14 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 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   21 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.
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