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Jolt Awards: The Best Books
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
10/8/2014   1 comment
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
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
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.
Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
Engineering Investigations  
10/1/2014   2 comments
Sometimes, it's the mundane things in electrical and electronic devices that make the difference. The strain relief on an air conditioner's line cord saved the day when the unit fell out of the window.
The Other Tesla
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/29/2014   5 comments
This Indiegogo fundraiser is for a Tesla museum in the inventor's decaying lab in Shoreham, N.Y.
Missing Datasheet Details Can Cause Problems
Engineering Investigations  
9/25/2014   3 comments
A lack of information on a datasheet lead to system crashes from a hot-swap controller.
RadioShack: The End Is Nigh!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/15/2014   126 comments
Perhaps this is the natural order of business -- Darwinism and RadioShack's impending demise open the door wider for companies like SparkFun and Adafruit to grow.
11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/15/2014   20 comments
This collection of places from technology history, museums, and modern marvels is a roadmap for an engineering adventure that will take you around the world.
Engineers Solve Analog/Digital Problem, Invent Creative Expletives
Engineering Investigations  
8/1/2014   15 comments
An analog engineer and a digital engineer join forces, use their respective skills, and pull a few bunnies out of a hat to troubleshoot a system with which they are completely unfamiliar.
Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Engineering Pop Culture!  
7/23/2014   16 comments
A future engineering student gives his advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college visits road trip.
Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
7/21/2014   47 comments
Engineers make design decisions that affect the company bottom line, often without understanding how.
Inspection Rejection: Why More Is Less in a Vision System
Engineering Investigations  
6/3/2014   3 comments
You rarely get anything extra for free. Engineers who work on vision systems know this. But sometimes other people believe that just putting a camera on it constitutes an effective inspection setup.
When Troubleshooting Is Like Going Down a Rathole
Engineering Investigations  
5/29/2014   19 comments
It's really mind-boggling to think of what my hourly rate would be if I were paid for the actual time that I spent troubleshooting a problem to get to a fix. The challenge is to avoid going down a rathole.
Troubleshooting a Plumbing Problem the Electronics Way
Engineering Investigations  
5/29/2014   33 comments
Often water flow is used to explain basic electronics in the form of analogies. After learning the hard way, an engineer attempts to explain basic water flow in terms of electronics.
Machine Fixes That Made Me Go 'DUH!'
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/22/2014   21 comments
Manufacturing engineer Jeremy Cook discusses a few machine failure problems that seemed complicated at the onset, but were quite simple to solve in the end, and the lessons he learned.
The Cigar Box Creepster
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/21/2014   2 comments
Jeremy Cook's Cigar Box Creepster opens up when triggered with a knock or other sound, then slams back down as if to express “his” annoyance.
Spaghetti Code & Meatball Managers
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/20/2014   8 comments
How to deal with a meatball of a manager who issues an edict that makes no earthly sense? Ignore it.
Engineering’s Three Rules: Document, Document, Document
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/15/2014   15 comments
An engineer discovers the perfect tool to document her projects: The venerable three-ring binder.
EMI Encounters: Separate Your Outhouse & Well
Engineering Investigations  
5/14/2014   10 comments
We in the EMC/EMI world often use the saying "Don't put the well next to the outhouse" to describe large EMI sources located next to very sensitive victims.
April's Caption Contest Winner
Design Contests & Competitions  
5/10/2014   4 comments
Congratulations to Russ Ingram. Who would have thought engineers could be so funny?
What, You Never Heard of a Noise Emitting Diode Before?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/6/2014   18 comments
An engineer fondly recalls the time-honored tradition of nicknames.
The Case of the Unconventional Coder
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/1/2014   14 comments
Some engineers and programmers insist on marching to their own peculiar drums. Sometimes that can be a good thing, but for managers it can be a complete nightmare.
The Case of the Crazy Conveyor
Engineering Investigations  
4/29/2014   8 comments
A new conveyor wreaks havoc in a newspaper printing plant, but what's to blame?
Two Cocky Techs Get Their Comeuppance
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/24/2014   12 comments
Two cocky technicians are dramatically humbled when they flip the power switch on a high-voltage simulator.
The Martian: A Delightful Exploration of Math, Mars & Feces
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
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.
Join The Balancing Act With April's Caption Contest
Design Contests & Competitions  
4/10/2014   62 comments
April's caption contest is a delight. Enter your best caption for a chance to win.
March's Caption Contest Winner
Design Contests & Competitions  
4/7/2014   Post a comment
The caption contest winner for March is announced!
6 Science Fiction Authors Turned Inventors
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
3/24/2014   14 comments
Here are six great examples of science fiction authors who truly inspired new technology.
March's Caption Contest Is Up, Or Is It Down?
Design Contests & Competitions  
3/5/2014   97 comments
Give us your best caption for a chance to win the original print, in color, with your caption on it!
February's Caption Contest Winner
Design Contests & Competitions  
3/4/2014   1 comment
Everyone's bets were placed, but only one can be the winner of a fantastic comic and a fantastic development board.
Understanding and Using C Pointers
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
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
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/18/2014   9 comments
While not written for electrical engineers, this very important book for mechanical engineers should sit on your bookshelf.
February's Caption Contest Is a Roll of the Dice
Design Contests & Competitions  
2/3/2014   70 comments
Take your chances on the big prize for this month's caption contest. There's a dev board at stake this month, too!
January's Caption Contest Winner Announced
Design Contests & Competitions  
2/3/2014   2 comments
January's caption contest has come to a close. Attend the royal court to see who has won the King's favor!
Learning Python the Hard Way
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
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.
January's Comic Is Fit for a King
Design Contests & Competitions  
1/7/2014   89 comments
Start off the year with a comic fit for a king! Enter your caption idea for a chance to win the original artwork with your caption!
Good to Great: An Engineer's Perspective
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
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.
December's Caption Contest Winner Announced
Design Contests & Competitions  
1/6/2014   Post a comment
December's caption contest has come to an end. One lucky and funny winner will receive the original artwork with their caption!
December's Caption Contest Is On Display
Design Contests & Competitions  
12/6/2013   56 comments
Pop in and give us your bet caption for a chance to win the colored original of this month's comic!
Frankenstein's Fix: The Winners Announced!
Engineering Investigations  
11/15/2013   8 comments
The contest has come to a close. The entries were all fantastic, but there has to be a winner!
Frankenstein’s Fix: Trailer Life
Engineering Investigations  
11/13/2013   6 comments
When adapting a trailer for life near the tree line, everything in the place requires a Frankenstein's Fix.
Frankenstein’s Fix: Troubleshooting a Computer System
Engineering Investigations  
11/11/2013   2 comments
Stuck in some God-forsaken country with new equipment that refuses to work, Steve Karty saves the day with a Tektronix scope. Here's why he deserves a new one.
Frankenstein's Fix: Let There Be Flashlight
Engineering Investigations  
11/11/2013   3 comments
Every engineer has a Mount Electronica lurking. Here is how Brice Harris conquered his and what he had to show for it.
Frankenstein's Fix: Holistic Guide to Reanimating Appliances
Engineering Investigations  
11/8/2013   6 comments
The appliance doctor is in the house. David Carrier explains why laziness is the key to efficiency.
Frankenstein's Fix: The Lady
Engineering Investigations  
11/7/2013   4 comments
She was a hideous wreck, nothing but a scar on the face of our throwaway society. Troy Denton brought her back to life.
Frankenstein's Fix: Repairing the Repair Tools
Engineering Investigations  
11/6/2013   6 comments
When the repair tools are worse than the problem, Seth Peterson gets on with making a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
Frankenstein's Fix: What's Wrong With This Picture?
Engineering Investigations  
11/5/2013   5 comments
What do you do when bored on a Saturday night? Fix Camera 1, of course.
Frankenstein's Fix: the Mysterious Data Packet
Engineering Investigations  
11/5/2013   2 comments
Who knew that using a laptop to upload data to a mainframe was so ahead of its time?
Frankenstein's Fix: Burnt Bulbs & Bright Futures
Engineering Investigations  
11/5/2013   4 comments
A burnt-out bulb brings a challenge to a young engineer. Fix this with no tools to impress the girl!
Frankenstein's Fix: Signals Drift on Tropical Islands
Engineering Investigations  
11/4/2013   1 comment
A signal drifts too far, but Doug White reins it in.
Frankenstein's Fix: Musical Memory Mapping
Engineering Investigations  
11/4/2013   2 comments
When a mill doesn't want to work reliably, John comes up with a creative way to test the system.
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Jolt Awards: The Best Books
Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock
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As we do every year, Dr. Dobb's recognizes the best books of the last 12 months via the Jolt Awards -- our cycle of product awards given out every two months in each of six categories. No ...

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Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
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It's autumn in New England. The leaves are turning to red, orange, and gold, my roses are in their second bloom, and it's time to remove the air conditioner from the window. On September ...

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The Other Tesla
David Blaza
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I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...