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Fascinating Factoids to Peruse & Ponder
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2/11/2015   17 comments
The US Navy's new electromagnetic railgun can launch projectiles at up to Mach 7 and hurl them 100+ nautical miles, and that's just one of the fascinating factoids in this fun-filled extravaganza!
Murphy's Laws for the 21st Century
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2/6/2015   51 comments
The perceived perversity of the universe has long been a subject of comment, and precursors to the modern version of Murphy's law are not hard to find.
RTOS Smackdown @ ESC Boston 2015
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2/5/2015   32 comments
In this session at ESC Boston 2015, some 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.
Feast Your Orbs on My Vetinari Clock Prototype
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1/30/2015   38 comments
Things are really starting to come together with regard to Max's Vetinari Clock. The meters and vacuum tube are mounted in the prototype awaiting the installation of the electronics.
Very Tasty Solar Media Player & Power Bank
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1/26/2015   16 comments
The SP-5000 solar-powered power bank and media player also offers a rainproof, dustproof, shockproof case for your MP3 player or smartphone.
Is Your System Cyber-Secure?
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1/22/2015   38 comments
What anti-malware tools and techniques do you use? What would you recommend, and what would you not touch with a ten-foot pole?
Some Mega-Cool & Interesting Stuff
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1/21/2015   9 comments
In which we find some extremely interesting videos and projects that cause us to pause for a moment and say "Wow!"
ESC Minneapolis 2015 Will Blow Your Mind
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1/21/2015   64 comments
ESC Minneapolis 2015 will feature presentations that will first blow your mind and then blow your socks off, or vice versa.
May 29, 2057 -- Mark the Date!
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1/15/2015   34 comments
In which Max starts to cogitate and ruminate over the types of embedded systems we might expect to see by the time his 100th Birthday celebrations commence.
Transient Defects Can Be Difficult to Diagnose
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1/14/2015   35 comments
It can be extremely frustrating to see transient errors flicker in and out of existence. It's even worse when applying diagnostic tools causes the error to disappear.
Is it Time for Tea?
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1/12/2015   31 comments
If you like to drink your tea over period of time and you want to keep it hot, then a cast iron teapot heated by a tealight candle is the way to go.
The Best Wibbly Wobbly Doctor Who Timeline Ever!
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1/9/2015   21 comments
The fact that Doctor Who travels back and forth through time does tend to confuse things a little, especially when various incarnations of the Doctor meet up with each other.
It's Not the Size of Your ... or Is It?
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1/7/2015   52 comments
It cannot be denied that people do tend to look at you with more respect if you can show them something of a size and grandeur they've not seen before.
Selfies 2.0
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1/6/2015   17 comments
This super-simple device provides you with the ability to take a new generation of selfies that will make your friends green with envy.
Just Call Me 'King of the Salad People'
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1/5/2015   137 comments
As part of his New Year's resolutions, Max has promised his dear old mom that he will lose 60 pounds, which -- amongst other things -- means giving up alcohol. (Oh, the humanity!)
What's the Best T-Shirt for an Engineer?
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1/3/2015   96 comments
Are there any science, technology, engineering, or math-related t-shirts that bring a smile to your lips or even make you laugh out loud?
You May Be an Engineer If ...
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1/2/2015   76 comments
In which we discover that one way to spot an engineer is to see one use a pair of pliers as a nutcracker.
The Meaning of Liff
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1/1/2015   12 comments
This little rascal is a dictionary of things for which there currently are no words.
I Am Freaking Awesome (Seriously)
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12/31/2014   21 comments
Is it just Max, or are you also sometimes washed over by a wave of wonder when you come to contemplate how truly amazing he is?
Wrap Your Laughing Tackle Around My Little Nibbles
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12/30/2014   10 comments
If you are going to a party and you wish to bring a little something for everyone to nibble on, it's much more impressive if you create a dish yourself.
Sound Effects Shield for Arduino: The Specification
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12/29/2014   74 comments
Many hobby projects can be enhanced by sound effects, but replicating sounds and mixing multiple audio streams can be a tad tricky.
Tired Old iPad 2 vs. Shiny New iPad Air 2
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12/24/2014   51 comments
Should Max continue to struggle with the limited processing power of his trusty iPad 2, or should he embrace the delectations and delights offered by the iPad Air 2?
Max's BADASS Display: A Comedy of Errors
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12/22/2014   48 comments
A wise man once said that everyone makes mistakes; the real trick is to recover from them without anyone else realizing that you messed up in the first place.
Recommended Reads From the Engineer's Bookshelf
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12/18/2014   44 comments
Are you wondering what to buy your family and friends as a gift? Perhaps one of these books reviewed and recommended by Max Maxfield would fit the bill.
Want a Voltera Desktop PCB Printer?
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12/17/2014   31 comments
Who among us wouldn't want the ability to create PCBs on their desktop?
I Want a Zano Autonomous, Intelligent, Swarming Nano-Drone
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12/16/2014   20 comments
The promise of the Zano is that even a drongo like Max Maxfield should be able to capture stunning aerial photographs and videos with no complex flight training.
Bingle Jells
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12/12/2014   21 comments
Here's a "feel good" video that will make you feel all warm and tingly and full of the holiday spirit.
My Tower Computer Is Dead -- Long Live My New Tower!
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12/11/2014   44 comments
Max's primary computer system died, so he purchased a hot new system, but now he's having a problem with the loathsome Bing search engine appearing in his Firefox browser.
Stop! Recycle Those Old Batteries!
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12/9/2014   24 comments
Around 3 billion batteries are discarded in the United States each year, releasing all sorts of unpleasant substances -- including mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel -- into the environment.
Yummy Scrummy Antique Analog Meter Faceplates
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12/8/2014   33 comments
A number of Max's hobby projects have been a long time in the making, but now they are starting to come to fruition.
NASA Challenge: France 1, England 0
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12/5/2014   30 comments
It's a sad state of affairs when a country like France is represented on the international stage while England is nowhere to be seen.
Employee of the Month
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12/4/2014   21 comments
Max Maxfield is looking forward to having the prime parking space next to the main entrance.
Mega-Cool Sound Effects Shield for Arduino
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12/3/2014   65 comments
Many hobby projects can be enhanced by means of sound effects, but replicating sounds and mixing multiple audio streams can be a tad tricky.
Problems With My Leather Backpack (It's Covered in Drool)
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12/2/2014   15 comments
One problem with Max Maxfield's new leather backpack is that he keeps drooling and slobbering all over it, which is a tad embarrassing when he's in public.
Curiosity Killed the Cat (Just Call Me Mr. Curiosity)
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11/25/2014   30 comments
Max desperately needs a cat deterrent, but how should this work? A 50,000V electric shock? Vaporization by high-powered lasers? Teleportation to another dimension?
The 10 Commandments of Electronics
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11/24/2014   69 comments
Although these "commandments" are presented in a jocular manner, they also embody some useful advice.
Want to Present a Paper at ESC Boston 2015?
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11/20/2014   9 comments
If you are interested in presenting a paper on the technical stage or at the Fantastical Theatre of Engineering Innovation, here's how to submit an abstract.
How Do You Scale/Score a Scoville?
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11/19/2014   86 comments
How do you actually determine how hot a pepper is? What is a Scoville when it's at home, and how do we set about measuring one?
The Phoenard Arduino-Compatible Prototyping Gadget
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11/18/2014   3 comments
Though it's based on the same eight-bit Atmel MCU as the Arduino Mega, the Phoenard boasts so much additional functionality that it makes your head spin.
Happy Dance Around a Volcano
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11/13/2014   56 comments
Max is now the proud owner of a 50-year old Sirram Volcano Kettle, which is impervious to the wind and rain and therefore ideal for holidaying in England.
$400 Noise-Cancelling Headphones vs. $25 Earmuffs
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11/11/2014   71 comments
How do $400 noise-cancelling headphones compare to $25 earmuffs in an airplane environment?
Vetinari Clock: Ask Not for Whom the Bell Tinkles
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11/6/2014   63 comments
We've reached the stage where we have to decide what operating modes we wish to implement and which sounds we'll use to accompany and complement these modes.
Vetinari Clock: It's Crunch Time for Locking Down the Final Layout
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11/3/2014   29 comments
Which option is preferable -- to have the two peaks of the ebony case horizontally aligned, or to have the two dips in the ebony aligned?
Analog Faceplate Design Decisions: Art or Science?
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10/30/2014   137 comments
Creating industrial designs, like new faceplates for use in antique analog meters, is part art and part science.
Where Are the Ceramic Vacuum Tube Holders of Yesteryear?
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10/28/2014   102 comments
One of the problems Max has left on the back-burner is how he's going to attach his giant vacuum tubes to the top of his Ultra-Macho Prognostication Engine.
Building a Pair of Animatronic Robot Eyes
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10/27/2014   17 comments
In order to learn about servos, Max Maxfield decided to build a pair of animatronic robot eyes.
DIY Practical Joke Project Idea
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10/25/2014   36 comments
DIY Practical Joke Project Idea: Having something like this lying around would certainly break up the monotony of one's visitors' days. Deploying it would almost be a public service when you come to think about it.
Are Today's Designs Bound by the Constraints of Yesteryear?
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10/24/2014   37 comments
Are there instances of the way in which we design things today being bound by the constraints of yesteryear?
Vetinari Clock: Additional Possibilities
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10/23/2014   41 comments
New layout possibilities continue to emerge for the front panel of Max's Vetinari Clock project, which is based on the use of antique analog meters.
Vetinari Clock: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions …
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10/22/2014   56 comments
Many actions are proceeding apace, but decisions need to be made with regard to the layout of the front panel.
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