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We're sorry, the host system isn't responding
Engineering Investigations  
7/29/2010   5 comments
An engineer battles network problems while a grumpy new bride is getting impatient
Disk drives fail in a particularly annoying way
Engineering Investigations  
7/29/2010   3 comments
Body parts prove the inspiration in a case involving a disk drive emulation system
Consulting engineer sinks teeth into problematic ultrasonic toothbrush
Engineering Investigations  
7/22/2010   7 comments
Technical solutions abound, but the fix must meet cost constraints
Y4G came before Y2K
Engineering Investigations  
7/21/2010   9 comments
Software engineers are perplexed when a wave of customers start reporting server outages
Finding the video signal gremlin
Engineering Investigations  
7/18/2010   2 comments
An engineer battles time zones and a customer who isn't talking to investigate a problem with an application involving a high-speed D/A converter
Tracing shorted traces
Engineering Investigations  
7/16/2010   9 comments
Determining the exact physical location of a short circuit in a PCB can be fiendishly hard.
Hello cell phone, can you hear me?
Engineering Investigations  
7/15/2010   3 comments
Designers are flummoxed when an early cell phone prototype keeps crashing mysteriously
Why Debugging Projects Take Way Longer Than Planned
Engineering Investigations  
7/9/2010   9 comments
Intermittent failures are among the most difficult to solve-- and eat time--as this step-by-step analysis shows
Engineering Investigation Contest: Enter to Win a Tektronix Oscilloscope!
Engineering Investigations  
7/6/2010   12 comments
EE Life and Tektronix are teaming up to gather evidence for engineering’s greatest investigations and award one lucky engineer a Tektronix MSO2024 Digital Oscilloscope!


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MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer: Testing
Max Maxfield
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In my previous column on this topic, we discussed the step-by-step construction of the first pass at a MSGEQ7-based DIY audio spectrum analyzer for use in my BADASS Display project. Of ...

Karen Field

June 2014 Cartoon Caption Winner
Karen Field
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Congratulations to "Wnderer" for submitting the winning caption for our June cartoon, after much heated conversation by our judges, given the plethora of great entries.

Jeremy Cook

Inspection Rejection: Why More Is Less in a Vision System
Jeremy Cook
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Albert Einstein has been quoted as saying, "Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler." I would never claim to have his level of insight -- or such an awesome head of ...

Jeremy Cook

Machine Fixes That Made Me Go 'DUH!'
Jeremy Cook
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As you can see in my bio at the end of this article, I work as a manufacturing engineer. One of my favorite things that happens on a Friday late in the afternoon is to hear my phone ring ...

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