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My MP3 player won't shut up
Engineering Investigations  
3/26/2013   13 comments
Thanks to some type of hardware/software glitch, my inexpensive MP3 player just won't shut down.
What were they thinking: A clock
Engineering Investigations  
3/22/2013   18 comments
It is amazing what some people consider simple or complex. While time is not the most rational number system and decimal might be easier, this patent has another idea…
Embedded vision: Is your smartphone watching you?
Engineering Investigations  
3/18/2013   11 comments
The new Galaxy S4 smartphone from Samsung will be able to use its camera to watch you watching it.
Un-compromising a compromised iPhone?
Engineering Investigations  
3/5/2013   4 comments
My friend has an iPhone, which he believes has been compromised.
PCBs help take the measure of Mars
Engineering Investigations  
3/1/2013   1 comment
Determining thermal effects on general purpose pc boards is tough, but it’s another story to control PCB reliability in mission critical applications where device failure is not an option.
What were they thinking: Can a mouse be used for that
Engineering Investigations  
3/1/2013   8 comments
Crazy patents are often the work of a single person who wants to become a mad inventor, but large corporations do it as well…


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Feast Your Orbs on My Vetinari Clock Prototype
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Well, I have to admit that I have a great big Cheshire Cat-type grin plastered on my face at the moment, because the prototype for my Vetinari Clock project is now well underway.

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Open Office: Your Fart is My Problem
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A Washington Post article, Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace, describes how the author's ad agency moved her from a private office to an open space ...

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Bloopers Book Helps Improve GUI Development
Rich Quinnell
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Courtesy of fellow editor "Max" Maxfield (aka Max the Magnificent), I recently acquired a copy of GUI Bloopers 2.0 by Jeff Johnson of UI Wizards. I found it an interesting read chock full ...

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Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
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As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

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