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The case of the temperamental crane
Engineering Investigations  
12/14/2010   17 comments
What was causing the RF link to drop out on hot days?
The root of the root cause of mysterious system resets
Engineering Investigations  
12/10/2010   7 comments
Like peeling away layers of an onion, engineers painstakingly troubleshoot problems with new aviation equipment
A plasma problem solved
Engineering Investigations  
12/10/2010   5 comments
A student hits upon an ingenious heat source
A PDP-11 computer frustratingly loses sync
Engineering Investigations  
12/10/2010   8 comments
Engineers are perplexed when a workhorse of a computer goes haywire
Conducted emissions--NOT
Engineering Investigations  
12/3/2010   9 comments
When a power supply fails conducted emissions tests, engineers must look beyond the obvious
Communication problems balloon into schedule killer
Engineering Investigations  
12/2/2010   4 comments
Engineers discover that mixing old and new technologies can produce some rather strange problems


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Max Maxfield

Energizing the Young Engineers of Tomorrow
Max Maxfield
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It doesn't seem all that long ago when I was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed young engineer. Now I feel like an old fool, but where are we going to find one at this time of the day (LOL)?

Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock

Jolt Awards: The Best Books
Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock
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As we do every year, Dr. Dobb's recognizes the best books of the last 12 months via the Jolt Awards -- our cycle of product awards given out every two months in each of six categories. No ...

Engineering Investigations

Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
Engineering Investigations
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It's autumn in New England. The leaves are turning to red, orange, and gold, my roses are in their second bloom, and it's time to remove the air conditioner from the window. On September ...

David Blaza

The Other Tesla
David Blaza
5 comments
I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...