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Max The Magnificent
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re: 10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
Max The Magnificent   12/10/2013 10:36:57 AM
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@Neo10: I for one would like the personal rocket propulsion backpack system...

Have you seen the Martin Jetpack -- I soooo want one of these!!!

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NevadaDave   12/10/2013 10:23:20 AM
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I totally agree - it almost brought tears to my eyes when I saw that picture. I remember as a teen, waiting for the new Allied catalog to come out. So much cool stuff, especially the vacuum tubes (I particularly was enamored of the horizontal sweep power tubes).

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Neo10   12/31/2012 12:54:59 PM
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I for one would like the personal rocket propulsion backpack system as depicted in the movie Minority Report. Just imagine all engineers buzzing to work with landing pods in the parking area ;)

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tiorbinist   12/20/2012 2:41:35 PM
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Not to be too dismissive, but really, now! The only thing exciting here is the incredible engineering missteps. While others have focused on how none of these things (really, none of them) would make an engineer's pulse quicken (unless, perhaps, a savvy spouse had acquired a Pi a few months ago and had it _now_ to give, when you can't buy it _now_), I focus on the real, serious, painful error that no engineer should be caught making. Drivers' ed instructors _sit_ in the passenger seat. The Drivers' ed instructor who is thrilled about sitting in the seat that 1) endangers his life even more than sitting in a regular seat with all those driving learners and 2) leaves his charge without adequate supervision... doesn't belong teaching drivers' ed. Did you guys actually ask any engineers what they _want_ for Christmas? Here's a short list that would make some sense: 1) A steady job, doing interesting things that need an engineer to get done right. 2) Tools which can be reconfigured on-the-spot to do an uncomfortable or impossible job more easily without breaking _anything_. 3) A healthy economy which can afford to support engineering-done-right, rather than "just enough to sell, and the consumer take the hindmost". 4) Just enough time available to do the job (and do it right): No sitting around waiting on administration or getting ulcers trying to get five things done before the next six pile on.

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draw   12/20/2012 1:20:03 PM
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In a world full of conflict - and I'm thinking engineering business disputes, contractual bickering, Apple-Samsung patent disputes, etc. It's nice to see pure engineering enthusiasm to the fore. That's why we all came into this business. Can't wait to get my hands on the Raspberry Pi, that I hope someone has bought me as a Christmas gift. Great article. Thanks.

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re: 10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
elPresidente   12/19/2012 9:17:05 PM
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The cooking recipes that use it....

rick merritt
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rick merritt   12/19/2012 1:22:09 AM
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I agree: Next year we need to include WD-40.

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another nickname   12/18/2012 10:24:50 PM
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Apparently it's joke although a lame one. All engineers read like little children waiting for a nice surprise only to get a disappointment. Really geeky presents: - hey hon, look at that cool domain name - "electric-melon.org" - easy with that laser pointer, darling, it was upgraded. - a van graaf generator (hey , a spare !) - a sterling engine (Shiny!) Of course these things are mostly useless just like Xmas present should be. If they would be really useful an engineer would already had them.

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anon7632755   12/18/2012 7:34:12 PM
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I much prefer that my audio system not have any distortion, neither tube nor solid-state.

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re: 10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
anon7632755   12/18/2012 7:32:38 PM
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Duct tape is for amateurs. The professionals use gaffer tape.

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