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We have met the enemy and it is management
Engineering Investigations  
4/29/2011   19 comments
A new factory with 200 ft of beautifully designed burn tunnels...what could possibly go wrong?
Speaking out of line
Engineering Investigations  
4/29/2011   7 comments
Fix a crashing embedded development platform or enjoy a summer evening outdoors...which would you pick?
IGBTs Transmit Woe to Analog Signal Conditioning
Engineering Investigations  
4/22/2011   10 comments
The ship date is looming, but a noisy VFAC drive creating huge signal spikes refuses to be calmed.
A Jar of Tomatoes Saves Rocket Avionics Project
Engineering Investigations  
4/21/2011   8 comments
Food preserving saved the day when a deadline was fast approaching and there was no pressure chamber to be found.
Brrr! Transmitter failure in the Arctic chill
Engineering Investigations  
4/21/2011   1 comment
What caused the transmitter to fail at night but work the next day?
Sorry, I can only do one thing at a time
Engineering Investigations  
4/14/2011   15 comments
Obscure islands, a bottle of Calvados, a protocol analyzer and a problem
Hardware mess cleaned up with software
Engineering Investigations  
4/14/2011   10 comments
Often little things (and software) matter when a design isn't working properly
Using a Tektronix 834 to fix a balky printer
Engineering Investigations  
4/13/2011   4 comments
How to fix a remote British Airways printer, while wrestling with oddball IBM bit protocols in a far-away land
'Newbie' engineer and the attack of the solder blobs
Engineering Investigations  
4/12/2011   9 comments
A 'newbie' EE proves that term is relative when he solves a pc-board failure
New Engineering Investigations: Win a Tektronix scope!
Engineering Investigations  
4/4/2011   7 comments
The new Engineering Investigations competition will give away a Tektronix scope for the winning entry


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