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No 2014 Punkin Chunkin, What Will You Do?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/19/2014   Post a comment
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   9 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   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 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.
Giant Wearable LED Matrix
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/2/2014   Post a comment
A wearable LED matrix is always fun, especially if it is big enough to be seen from blocks away!
Antique Electronics Autopsy: 1953 RCA VoltOhmyst
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/26/2014   16 comments
Jump inside a 1953 RCA VoltOhmyst for a look around. Antique Electronic Autopsies are a visual celebration of electronics of the past.
DIY Talking Multimeter for the Blind
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/26/2014   5 comments
Building a voice module that reads the serial output of a multimeter is a noble cause, even if it isn't particularly cost effective.
Tiny Arcade Machine Holds Raspberry Pi
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/26/2014   3 comments
This itty-bitty arcade machine packs quite a punch. You can play all kinds of games, thanks to PiMame.
Fluke Turns Tables & Donates to SparkFun
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/25/2014   18 comments
Fluke responds to the confiscated shipment of multimeters meant for SparkFun.
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.
A $30K Fluke in SparkFun's Imports
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/24/2014   8 comments
Fluke protects its trademark and SparkFun loses $30,000. I'm conflicted, what do you think?
Live Chat With Open-Source Hardware Panelists
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/24/2014   3 comments
Join our live chat this Wednesday for an opportunity to ask our open- source hardware panelists for their thoughts!
Leveraging Open Source for Your UI at EE Live!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/24/2014   Post a comment
Using open source can greatly improve the quality of your UI at considerably cheaper cost. Come to EELive! to learn how.
3D-Printing a Real Canal House With the KamerMaker
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/22/2014   Post a comment
3D-printing an entire home is a daunting task -- but one that KamerMaker is up to!
Quick Tip for Beautiful Solder Points
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/21/2014   7 comments
Beautiful soldering shouldn't be ignored. Make your circuits look pretty because you never know who will be looking.
RotoMAAK: Rotocasting Done Right
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/21/2014   Post a comment
Reduce the time required to reproduce parts considerably by rotocasting instead of repeatedly 3D printing. The RotoMAAK is a low-cost solution for rotocasting on Kickstarter.
The AT-ATX Power Supply
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/20/2014   3 comments
Everyone has a power supply, this guy has an AT-ATX. Rebel scum watch out!
3D Printed RFID Ring
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/19/2014   Post a comment
Wearables don't have to be flashy or fancy. They just have to be useful -- and not horribly ugly.
Stop Surfing the Learning Curve
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/19/2014   15 comments
Stop surfing the learning curve and develop a skill. You're just postponing your own advancement.
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Have you ever eaten a really spicy dish that brought tears to your eyes? Well, I just watched an excruciating video on YouTube that makes my eyes water just thinking about it.

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No 2014 Punkin Chunkin, What Will You Do?
Martin Rowe
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American Thanksgiving is next week, and while some people watch (American) football all day, the real competition on TV has become Punkin Chunkin. But there will be no Punkin Chunkin on TV ...

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Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
9 comments
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 ...

Martin Rowe

Book Review: Controlling Radiated Emissions by Design
Martin Rowe
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Controlling Radiated Emissions by Design, Third Edition, by Michel Mardiguian. Contributions by Donald L. Sweeney and Roger Swanberg. List price: $89.99 (e-book), $119 (hardcover).