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The Circle – The Future's Imperfect in the Present Tense
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12/19/2014   5 comments
Dystopian novel satirizes mega-Google companies and the modern techie ethos. One member of the EE Times Borg … er … community … gives his take.
Have You Ever Been Blindsided by Your Own Design?
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12/12/2014   37 comments
While reading a book that referenced an encrypted communications system used by the Argentinians during the Falklands War, Aubrey Kagan realized he'd had a part in designing this system.
Book Review: Deadly Odds by Allen Wyler
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11/26/2014   32 comments
This is a great read that will have you on the edge of your seat shouting things like "Don't answer that telephone!"
Book Review: Controlling Radiated Emissions by Design
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11/12/2014   1 comment
This near-classic EMC book, now in its third edition, keeps pace with today's radiated emissions problems using easy-to-understand examples.
Jolt Awards: The Best Books
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10/8/2014   2 comments
Software tools and techniques for global software development. Dr. Dobb's features articles, source code, blogs,forums,video tutorials, and audio podcasts, as well as articles from Dr. Dobb's Journal, BYTE.com, C/C++ Users Journal, and Software Development magazine.
Lack of Manual Labor
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10/2/2014   2 comments
The lack of quality manuals and documentation for developer tools greatly diminishes our ability to work well in subtle but important ways.
Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
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7/21/2014   47 comments
Engineers make design decisions that affect the company bottom line, often without understanding how.
Book Review: Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon
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6/5/2014   3 comments
This book has layers upon layers upon layers. Suffice it to say that you will be clenching your fists, and you won't be able to draw a breath while reading the last page.
The Martian: A Delightful Exploration of Math, Mars & Feces
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4/11/2014   6 comments
How many cubic feet of soil can you fertilize with your excrement? This is the kind of problem that has to be solved if you're stranded on Mars and have to grow food to survive.
6 Science Fiction Authors Turned Inventors
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3/24/2014   14 comments
Here are six great examples of science fiction authors who truly inspired new technology.
Understanding and Using C Pointers
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2/25/2014   11 comments
What? An entire book just about pointers? Embedded systems expert Jack Ganssle says this new book about using pointers in C is surprisingly worthwhile.
Machinery's Handbook: 100 Years of Know-How
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2/18/2014   9 comments
While not written for electrical engineers, this very important book for mechanical engineers should sit on your bookshelf.
Learning Python the Hard Way
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1/18/2014   11 comments
An HTML-based program helps you "Learn Python The Hard Way." Here's one engineer's review of the program.
Good to Great: An Engineer's Perspective
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1/6/2014   Post a comment
Business book Good to Great, although written for those running a business, has many aspects engineers can apply to their work.
Snow Crash, 20 Years Later
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9/13/2013   5 comments
Twenty years have gone by, and Neal Stephenson's cyberpunk virtual reality thriller is strangely prophetic.
SPICE Made Easy
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9/5/2013   24 comments
Check out this handbook for the LTspice IV Simulator from Wurth Electronik, as reviewed by EMC expert Ken Wyatt.
Book Review: Empower Your Inner Manager by Ian Mackintosh
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
if you want to be a manager – or if you are already a manager – I would really appreciate it if you would read this book.
The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester
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5/23/2012   Post a comment
Joseph Needham credited the Chinese for inventing far more than just paper, ice cream and gunpowder.
I’m going to walk across America!
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5/21/2012   37 comments
I’ve decided to walk from Central Park in New York to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco (metaphorically speaking).
It looks unappealing and it smells appalling, but…
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5/18/2012   6 comments
I note that people seem to be giving my office a wide berth as they pass by my door.
Book Review: The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes
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5/16/2012   1 comment
"How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science"
Book Review: Shakespeare – The World as Stage by Bill Bryson
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5/16/2012   11 comments
This is an interesting and informative book that had me rolling on the floor laughing…
Book Review: Degrees Kelvin by David Lindley
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5/8/2012   4 comments
Before reading this book, I had not realised what an affect Sir William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) had had on my world today as an electrical engineer.
Book Review: In Pursuit of the Unknown by Ian Stewart
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5/2/2012   1 comment
I just finished "Pursuit of the Unknown – 17 Equations That Changed the World," and I have to say that this was a jolly good read.
Book Review: The Flyers In Search Of Wilbur & Orville Wright by Noah Adams
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4/30/2012   4 comments
I've been fascinated by flight since age seven when I saw a statue of the Wright brothers in the main concourse at Jan Smuts airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Book Review: The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
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4/25/2012   2 comments
This is like no other Zombie book I ever read.The ending was completely unexpected and left me gasping.
Book Review: Hacker’s Delight by Henry S. Warren, Jr.
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4/5/2012   5 comments
This is the book if you delight in subtle programming tricks and small algorithms that can be used to make your code “tighter” and more efficient...
Book Review: Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future by John MacCormick
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4/3/2012   9 comments
I have to admit that I am overwhelmed with admiration for the way in which John MacCormick tackled this topic...
Book Review: The Software IP Detective’s Handbook by Bob Zeidman
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
This book is of interest to anyone who wants to know more about the creation, use, and misuse of software intellectual property, including...
Book Review: Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon
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1/19/2012   Post a comment
This story in this graphic novel is gripping to say the least, and the graphics are nothing if not attention-grabbing...
Book Review: Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez
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1/18/2012   4 comments
These books have proved to be so exciting (and scary) that I sometimes have to take a break and go for a walk to wind down a little before proceeding...
Book Review: Alone in the Universe by John Gribbin
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1/11/2012   10 comments
It may well be that we are “It”, which makes it all the more important that we take better care of ourselves and the Earth…
Book Review: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
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1/2/2012   21 comments
After reading Robopocalypse – a hyper-realistic story of a robot uprising – I’m now keeping a very wary eye on my new computerized toaster…
Book Review: Principles of VLSI RTL Design – A Practical Guide by Sanjay Churiwala and Sapan Garg
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11/9/2011   Post a comment
There are several things to note about this book, starting with the fact that it’s written by people who actually know what they are talking about…
Book Review: The Artificial Ape by Timothy Taylor
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10/20/2011   8 comments
I was taught that our ancient ancestors started to become more intelligent, which allowed us to start creating tools, but maybe things didn’t occur in quite this way…
Book Review: Napoleons Privates by Tony Perrottet
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10/13/2011   3 comments
All-in-all, this is a very interesting read and I’ve learned all sorts of interesting nuggets of knowledge about all sorts of things…
Book Review: 100 Power Tips For FPGA Designers by Evgeni Stavinov
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7/25/2011   5 comments
In many ways this is an unusual book – one that will provide something of interest to almost every reader…
Book Review: Idea Man by Paul Allen
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5/22/2011   2 comments
Idea Man is billed as “A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft” – and this is actually a really good way of presenting a book that’s sort-of, but not quite, an autobiography.
Book Review: Bill and Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company by Michael S. Malone
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3/26/2011   17 comments
Acclaimed journalist Michael S. Malone relates an in-depth story of Bill and Dave and HP based on exclusive access to corporate and private archives, along with hundreds of interviews.
Book Review: More Than a Paycheck
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3/10/2011   4 comments
Recruitment veteran Ruth Glover offers profiles in career courage in "More Than a Paycheck"
Book Review: EDA Graffiti by Paul McLellan
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3/6/2011   2 comments
I don’t know where to start. This is unlike any other book on EDA that I’ve ever seen. One thing I will say is that I learned a whole lot of stuff about things I didn’t even know I didn’t know...
Book Review: The Smart Swarm by Peter Miller
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2/7/2011   3 comments
How understanding flocks, schools, and insect colonies can make us better at communicating, decision making, and getting things done.
Book Review: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
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1/15/2011   2 comments
As a follow-on to my recent review on Bill Bryson’s latest book – 'At Home: A Short History of Private Life' – there’s another Bryson book that I particularly enjoy called 'A Short History of Nearly Everything'.
Book Review: At Home by Bill Bryson
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1/11/2011   12 comments
During the recent holiday I read Bill Bryson’s latest tome – At Home – and, as usual, he far exceeded my expectations. As Bill says: “Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”
Book Review: A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester
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12/23/2010   3 comments
If you are looking for a good read, this book by Simon Winchester about the Great California Earthquake of 1906 should fit the bill...
Book Review: Universe on a T-Shirt by Dan Falk
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12/20/2010   1 comment
Dan Falk has a real gift for explaining incredibly complex topics in a way that the rest of us can understand without making us feel dumb.
Book Review: uC/TCP-IP by Christian Légaré
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11/30/2010   2 comments
I have to say that I am very, VERY impressed with the quality of books that are being written by the folks at Micriµm – the one I just finished reading on TCP-IP still has my head buzzing!
Book Review: uC/OS-III The Real-Time Kernel by Jean Labrosse
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11/23/2010   11 comments
I've long wanted to know more about how a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) performs its magic. The book µC/OS-III - The Real-Time Kernel explains all…
Book review: Calculus or a classic?
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10/4/2010   42 comments
Bored by a book on calculus, an engineer revisits Brideshead Revisited
Book Review: Wetware: A Computer in Every Living Cell by Dennis Bray
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9/30/2010   4 comments
How does a single-cell creature, such as an amoeba, lead such a sophisticated life? How does it hunt living prey, respond to lights, sounds, and smells, and display complex sequences of movements without the benefit of a nervous system?
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The Circle – The Future's Imperfect in the Present Tense
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The Circle, a satirical, dystopian novel published in 2013 by San Francisco-based writer Dave Eggers, is about a large, very powerful technology company that combines aspects of Google, ...

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Recommended Reads From the Engineer's Bookshelf
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I'm not sure if I read more than most folks or not, but I do I know that I spend quite a lot of time reading. I hate to be idle, so I always have a book or two somewhere about my person -- ...

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Make This Engineering Museum a Reality
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Vincent Valentine is a man on a mission. He wants to make the first house to ever have a telephone into a telephone museum. Without help, it may not happen.

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Making the Grade in Industrial Design
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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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