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The Worst Oscilloscope User Manual of All Time
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4/28/2014   32 comments
While reading the user manual for a piece of old electronic equipment, Max Maxfield started to wonder about the worst user manual of all time.
Video: Flying Robot Band – You Won’t Believe Your Eyes (or Ears)!
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4/28/2014   8 comments
Have you ever seen a "drone rock" band in which hexacopters play musical instruments? If not, then prepare to be amazed.
Linking 2 MCUs: I2C, SPI, or a Home Grown Interface?
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4/25/2014   43 comments
Max could use an existing protocol like I2C to communicate between two devices, so why would he want to create his own?
Should the Golden Ratio Be Used in Industrial Design?
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4/24/2014   10 comments
Max is not ready to change the layout of his BIGASS Display quite yet, but he's not ruling it out either.
The Top 8 iPad Games of All Time
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4/23/2014   20 comments
For someone who claims not to be a computer game player, Max Maxfield has a lot of them loaded on his iPad.
Pointers, Functions, Pointers to Functions, Eeek!
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4/22/2014   30 comments
Max is wearing his sad face, because he cannot wrap his brain around a problem pertaining to pointers.
Max's BADASS Display, Part 4
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4/22/2014   16 comments
Before Max actually starts to create the front panel for a project like his BADASS Display, he first creates a paper and cardboard prototype.
Life Without DropBox? Unthinkable!
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4/18/2014   18 comments
Once you've installed the DropBox app on your computers, anytime you create or edit a file on one machine, that file is automatically replicated on all of your other machines.
Max's BADASS Display, Part 3
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4/17/2014   36 comments
Now we come to consider the various ways in which we can filter the audio stream to extract its spectral data.
Current Status of the Robot Apocalypse From EE Live! 2014
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4/16/2014   20 comments
Max has supreme confidence that seeing a "genuine counterfeit moustache" would throw even the most sophisticated of positronic brains into disarray and turmoil.
How the Heartbleed Bug Performs Its Nefarious Activities
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4/16/2014   13 comments
This is the clearest explanation one could possibly get on how the Heartbleed bug works.
Live Chat Friday, April 18: Electronic Hobby Projects
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4/14/2014   30 comments
Don't miss our live online chat on Friday, April 18, at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT). This is your chance to meet the EE Times editors and discuss your electronic hobby projects.
Creating an Inamorata Prognostication Engine, Part 3
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4/14/2014   15 comments
In which Max constructs a jig to hold the brass panels for his Pedagogical and Phantasmagorical Inamorata Prognostication Engine.
Max's BADASS Display, Part 2
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4/11/2014   11 comments
With regard to look-and-feel, Max's BADASS Display will be presented in a cabinet boasting a "wood-and-brass" motif is the Steampunk genre.
Building a Mind-Boggling Infinity Mirror, Part 3
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4/10/2014   39 comments
Yes! Max has finally completed building his infinity mirror, and he is now drooling over this mind-boggling display.
I Became a Fan of Radfan at EE Live! 2014
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4/9/2014   5 comments
Using a Radfan, you can increase the temperature of a room by 2°C (3.6°F) without turning up your thermostat.
Max's BADASS Display, Part 1
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4/8/2014   28 comments
As Max always says: "If you show me a flashing LED, I'll show you a man drooling."
The Best Booth at EE Live! 2014
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4/7/2014   28 comments
The Fantastical Theatre of Engineering Innovation at EE Live! 2014 was jam-packed with amazing talks throughout the week.
I Wish I Were a 3D Mechanical CAD Hero
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3/28/2014   12 comments
Creating 3D models of switches, knobs, dials, meters, and panels is not as easy as it looks.
The Thought of 7 Billion Bananas Scares Me!
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3/27/2014   23 comments
Munching our way through 7 billion metaphorical bananas a day is quite possibly not the best way to take care of mother Earth.
A Hard Act to Follow
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3/26/2014   7 comments
All of the ladies in the audience ended up crying (I had a speck of dust in my eye).
Free Hawaiian Baseball Caps at EE Live! 2014
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3/25/2014   5 comments
The bottom line is that we don’t have a precision marching squad, but we do have a couple of hundred Hawaiian baseball caps.
Screw-Block Proto-Shield for Arduino Kickstarter Project Is Live!
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3/24/2014   11 comments
It was the enthusiasm of EETimes readers that prompted us to launch our Kickstarter project.
Time Is an Illusion – Lunchtime Doubly So
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3/24/2014   24 comments
Approximately 8,500 people have been born and 3,500 people have died since I started writing this column.
Mega-Cool FPGA-Powered Tracked Robot
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3/21/2014   6 comments
With an FPGA, you can perform a lot of different operations simultaneously in a massively parallel fashion.
Want to Join My 'Spouses of Cat-Lovers' Support Group?
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3/21/2014   6 comments
I wanted to scream "No! You don’t say!" I bit my tongue.
Creating Gender-Neutral Engineering Prose: Does Anyone Actually Care?
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3/20/2014   98 comments
If you see something like "An engineer should look after his tools," does this make you cringe inside?
Max's Cool Beans
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9/6/2013   9 comments
In which we discover all sorts of weird, wacky, beautiful, and thought-provoking things.
Max's Freaky Friday 1
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8/9/2013   19 comments
In which we discover an impossible material, the oldest zero in history, animations of engines, a video report of the Internet from 1981, and what is purported to be the best smartphone app ever.
How It Was: Magnetic wire recorders
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2/7/2012   7 comments
If asked about the history of sound recording, you might think of the phonograph, the gramophone, and the magnetic tape recorder, but what about the wire recorder?
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