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10 Greatest Hoaxes in the History of Engineering
Engineering Investigations  
4/1/2015   5 comments
From faux innovations, to fake artificial intelligence, to an Internet-ready Porta-Potty, here's a look at our favorite hoaxes throughout engineering history.
A Book For All Reasons
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
3/16/2015   3 comments
If the measure of a good technical reference is how many times you pick it up for different reasons, Robert Oshana’s book tops the list.
Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/1/2015   5 comments
EE Times bids farewell to the actor who inspired many to become engineers and scientists.
Processor Pinups
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/9/2015   4 comments
Lusting for those early microprocessor days? Here’s a site guaranteed to sate your passion.
Add USB Battery Charging Protocols to an Android-Based Design
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/9/2015   Post a comment
Incorporating effective power management into a design using the Android distribution of the Linux operating system using either its native power management framework or the widely used Universal Serial Bus hardware specification.
The End of the World is Here (for Radio Shack)
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/6/2015   22 comments
The purpose of this blog is not to say "I told you so," but rather to look at the forces in play and consider what this means for the electronics community.
Open Office: Your Fart is My Problem
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/28/2015   15 comments
Open offices are the future. What a shame.
Bloopers Book Helps Improve GUI Development
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/13/2015   2 comments
With the rising popularity of touchscreen controls, the need for well-considered graphical user interfaces (GUIs) has become paramount. This book can help.
2014: The Year of the EMC Book
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/6/2015   2 comments
Martin Rowe received and reviewed three books on electromagnetic compatibility in the latter half of 2014. Two get thumbs up.
Adventures in Userland
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
12/26/2014   1 comment
An excerpt from Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things by Carlos Bueno.
The Circle – The Future's Imperfect in the Present Tense
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
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.
Make This Engineering Museum a Reality
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/18/2014   Post a comment
Help turn the first house to have a telephone into a museum.
Have You Ever Been Blindsided by Your Own Design?
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
12/12/2014   40 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
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
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!"
No 2014 Punkin Chunkin, What Will You Do?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/19/2014   2 comments
The annual competition where machines hurl pumpkins didn't happen this year, but it should return in November 2015.
Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Engineering Investigations  
11/12/2014   16 comments
Commercial, industrial, and military-grade designs are about more than paper specs. They're about human nature.
Rosetta & the Comet Landing
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/12/2014   54 comments
The Rosetta spacecraft has a landing craft, Philae, which is today leaving the mother ship and making a 7 hour, 1 km journey to land on comet 67P.
Book Review: Controlling Radiated Emissions by Design
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
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
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
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
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   3 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   129 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.
Book Review: Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
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.
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   16 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 Case of the Nonexistent Component
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/24/2014   Post a comment
This engineer has a serious knack for choosing seemingly phantom components that never make it to the final design.
The USB Keys in the Urinal
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/23/2014   3 comments
Sometimes it's the people on the inside, not the outside, who unwittingly present the biggest security threat.
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.
Surprise TOQ Teardown at EELive!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/10/2014   1 comment
You never know what will happen at EELive! You may be asked to do an impromptu teardown. You may walk away with some new toy!
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.
Kangaroo Bot Hops With Extreme Efficiency
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/9/2014   1 comment
In the world of robotic animals, Festo is certainly a shining star. Their latest creation, the Kangaroo, shows off interesting methods of recapturing pneumatic energy.
March's Caption Contest Winner
Design Contests & Competitions  
4/7/2014   Post a comment
The caption contest winner for March is announced!
Open-Source Robotic Arm Comes to Life
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/3/2014   Post a comment
An open-source 3DOF robotic arm is so very appealing. Being cheap and accessible makes it irresistible.
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Some time ago, I asked my mom what she knew about radiation. She replied that she didn't know much about it at all; all she did know was that she didn't want to be in the same room as ...

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10 Greatest Hoaxes in the History of Engineering
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You'll probably be reading your fair share of fake headlines on April 1, but phony tech news - both for scams and humor - aren't anything new. The history of science and technology is rife ...

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A Book For All Reasons
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Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...

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Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
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Like many of you, I was saddened to hear the news of Leonard Nimoy's death. His Star Trek character Mr. Spock was an inspiration to many of us who entered technical fields.

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