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A holiday blog
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
As I enjoy the holiday season I'm so aware of how fortunate I am.
New Year's resolutions
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
As we head into 2006, my list of resolutions includes a few about wireless technology (in addition to the ever-popular promises to lose weight, eliminate credit card debt, and learn a foreign language).
CES Preview II
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
At this time of year, everyone asks me what they should look for at CES. It’s a fair question. It all depends what you are interested in. Displays will be a major part of the show this year with numerous examples of 1080p.
Mood phones
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12/27/2005   Post a comment
Are "mood phones" the next great thing?
The semantics of surveillance
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12/26/2005   Post a comment
Ever since The New York Times broke the story that President Bush had directed the National Security Agency to bypass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for certain domestic monitoring duties, commentators and members of Congress have been batting the word "wiretap" around in a way that fundamentally muddies the waters.
As hard drives feel pinch, Seagate thrives
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12/26/2005   Post a comment
Word that the world's largest hard-disk-drive maker, Seagate Technology LLC, is making a $1.9 billion bid for rival Maxtor Corp. could be yet another sign of consolidation in a maturing electronics industry, or something specific to magnetic disk drives or storage in general.
Happy holidays, from the PC Police
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12/22/2005   Post a comment
I was recently informed that it's not politically correct to wish someone a Merry Christmas.
Can ZigBee solve its battery conundrum?
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
A product called Thermo Life hopes to be viable power source for numerous additional low-power, real-world applications, including active RFID tags, sensor networks and ZigBee enabled devices.
CES Preview
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
Well, it’s that time of the year with CES coming in a little more than two weeks. Can there possibly be any news in the world of Digital TV and high-definition DVD? Surprising, the answer is YES!
Ericsson joins PMBus
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12/20/2005   Post a comment
Ericsson has signed up to become part of the PMBus organization.
A home lab for wireless TV
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
I've been having a blast building an experimental wireless media facility in my home. The rules are simple: I need to be able to do everything one would do in a home theater and home office environment, but only the ac wires already in place are allowed into the room.
Power-supply design book looks at IC, system-level issues
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
Here's a brief description about a new book on power supply design from Reno Rossetti of Fairchild Semi.
Interesting news on the handset front
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12/16/2005   Post a comment
I just posted two interesting pieces of news, one pertaining to Verizon and the other to Cingular.
A stellar year at OIF
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12/15/2005   Post a comment
Kudos to the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) for working so hard this year.
To flash or not to flash
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12/15/2005   Post a comment
As the flash prices continued to drop, the line marking where it's more cost-effective to go with a rotating hard drive began to blur.
Has WiMedia outmaneuvered UWB in the standards wars?
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12/14/2005   Post a comment
Looks like WiMedia, which started as some sort of variant of UWB, may reach the finishing line faster than its progenitor.
Is bogged-down network performance ruining your game?
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12/14/2005   Post a comment
For those of you that play online games (at home of course), there's now a new online playability tool by Ubicom.
The shape of things to come
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12/12/2005   Post a comment
Late last week it was sadly announced by Matsushita that they are closing their CRT operations in both North America and Europe. This follows on the heels of several other major companies closing their CRT operations.
VoWLAN is here, with more on the way
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12/12/2005   Post a comment
Two cellular players that have been pretty high profile lately are making even more news, this time together.
U.S. students won't pick engineering unless they see concrete benefits
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12/12/2005   Post a comment
Thanks so much for David Lammers' piece "Alarming export: engineers" in EE Times' Opinion section (Nov. 14, page 4). I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Video cams reading license plates: One step closer to an electronic police state?
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12/9/2005   Post a comment
The announcement that Motorola is introducing Automatic License Plate Recognition had a sense of inevitability, yet one wonders where all this video camera surveillance technology -- empowered with "smart" image processing -- is taking us.
The Grand Challenge
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12/7/2005   Post a comment
How will the technology from DARPA's Grand Challenge make its way into more pedestrian vehicles?
Engineers due for image overhaul
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12/5/2005   Post a comment
Where did it all go wrong? Somewhere, somehow, during the great sweep of American history in the last hundred years, they turned on the inventor.
Engineering's poor image may be due to shift in corporate attitudes
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12/5/2005   Post a comment
"Silent Crisis" series (Sept. 26, page 1), Ron Wilson: "Misreading Drucker's bequest," (Nov. 21, page 4)
UMA is just too attractive to ignore
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12/5/2005   Post a comment
UWB and WiMAX are pursing the cellular market pretty aggressively by expressing interest in interfacing with UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access), according to industry sources. Even Intel has been asking around the UMA community for a means of latching on to the cellular network.
Open-source: friend, not foe, of EDA firms
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12/5/2005   Post a comment
Commercial EDA vendors aren't keen on talking about open-source hardware design tools.
Text message results in fatal accident
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12/5/2005   Post a comment
The latest black eye on the mobile handset community comes from Highland Ranch, Colo.
Push to Talk? Maybe Push to See
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12/4/2005   Post a comment
Plagued by the fact that I need to not only fish my cell phone out of my purse when it rings--a major feat, I also have to simultaneously find my glasses if I expect to do anything but answer.
I let my cynicism get the best of me
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12/1/2005   Post a comment
I recently witnessed a demo for an FM tuner.


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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

Max Maxfield

Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Karen Field

July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
Karen Field
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