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Engineers chase hard disk errors of the most elusive kind
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8/31/2010   9 comments
"NO TROUBLE FOUND" errors spell trouble for design engineers
False detection plagues IR LED/Detector pairs
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8/26/2010   10 comments
While troubleshooting an optical positioning system, an engineer learns the importance of seeing
Out of billions, one bit in error
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8/25/2010   24 comments
When management insists on 100% error-free performance, engineers go almost mad searching for why a telco interface box failed its Acceptance test
Flickering bulbs clue to signal integrity problem
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8/25/2010   4 comments
An engineer investigating a flaky control system exploits all the available resources
The curious case of the open fuses
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8/19/2010   16 comments
Fingers point all around when units start failing prematurely in the field
Engineer investigates a noisy, high gain amplifier
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8/18/2010   9 comments
Tension rises when all the usual steps to minimize noise fail to fix the problem with an amplifier for a seismic application
Design engineers battle system engineers on early workstation project
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8/15/2010   6 comments
Design engineers battle systems engineering while working on an early-generation HP workstation
Embedded developer battles elusive FFS corruption problems
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8/13/2010   2 comments
Peeved customers and antsy managers dial up the pressure on engineer troubleshooting failures in the field
Things that go bump in the lab
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8/13/2010   8 comments
Engineers investigate a mysterious thumping that coincides with a burst of data transmission bit errors
Bouncy shorts pose perplexing problem
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8/8/2010   12 comments
Brute force method turns up a problem that simulation might have missed when engineers seek to upgrade the capacity of a server power supply.
The no-problem problem
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8/4/2010   11 comments
An engineer struggles with the implementation of certain addressing modes in a new microprocessor
Engineering can be noisy work, indeed
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8/3/2010   7 comments
Engineer Bob McKillip wins our engineering investigations involving sound effects contest
Hoofs, horns, and 1,200 pounds versus mere ounces of electronics
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Daisy seems like such an innocent name for a rodeo bull--until an unsuspecting computer programmer attempts to wire her up with an MCU-based motion sensor


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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
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