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The Coagulated & Curdled Custard of Despair
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6/28/2014   156 comments
Are there any dishes from your formative years whose very names cause shivers of apprehension to run up and down your spine?
EE Times Radio Show Debate: Embedded or Not?
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6/25/2014   46 comments
This is your chance to become part of EE Times history -- the first-ever EE Times Live Radio Debate. Be there or be square.
Taming the Mighty Sprout
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6/24/2014   128 comments
Barbeque season is upon us, but who amongst our number dare lay claim to the title of "Sprout Master"?
Hover Board (I Can Build One... I Know I Can)
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6/20/2014   31 comments
Max Maxfield just ran across a video of a rather cool hover board. Now he wants to build one of his own.
Feel the Power (of a Backup Generator)
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6/18/2014   41 comments
Following an incredibly cold snap at the beginning of the year, Max Maxfield decided to invest in a backup power solution.
Determining the Signal Characteristics of the iPad/iPod/iPhone Headphone Output
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6/12/2014   24 comments
It's difficult to track down detailed information for the iPad's headphone output on the Internet; the alternative is to take empirical measurements.
Building a Low-Cost Frequency/Function Generator
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6/10/2014   30 comments
The FG085 MiniDDS Function Generator can generate a variety of continuous waveforms (sine, square, triangle, etc.) from 0 to 200KHz.
Just What Is an Embedded System?
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6/9/2014   47 comments
When did people first start using the term 'embedded system'? What did they take it to mean back then? What does it mean now?
Leather Sleeve Protects Computer From 60mph Catastrophe
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6/6/2014   6 comments
The Macbook Air fell 6' vertically while travelling at 60 MPH horizontally, but a protective sleeve from Saddleback Leather saved the day.
Script to Configure Windows Desktop?
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6/3/2014   36 comments
Is there any way to create a script that will open applications and configure one's desktop just the way one likes it?
Arduino-Based Wormhole Actualization Machine (WAM)
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6/2/2014   26 comments
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to get sucked into a black hole and travel at hypersonic speeds through a wormhole?


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