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You read my mind Mike and Duane

 

Thanks for joining me -- I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL weekend -- I'm away next Friday (Gina's Birthday) -- but I'm hoping we can do this every Friday thereafter at the same time...

OK boys and girls, guys and gals, Chaps and Chappesses... it's already close to 15 mins past the hour -- we've been chatting for over an hour ... time certainly does fly when you're having fun!

@Max Oh, I can imagine, just in the last 10 years or so Auburn has grown immensely from the small college town it once was.  The state of Alabama is definitely growing in technology, business, and people.

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Hi folks I have to sign off. Have a great weekend! Thanks again, Max.

 

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I need to run, folks. Good chatting.

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Lions are way cooler than humans.

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@jonharris0: Huntsville is a nice place.

I moved there from the UK in 1990 -- you would not believe how much it's developed and grown since then...

@kmperham: ...listening to lions all night. :)

She already gets to hear me snore ... what more does a girl need?

@Max, Huntsville is a nice place.  I almost moved there out of college.  Would love to be in close range to Auburn and go back for more football games.  I don't get to nearly as many as I would like from up in NC...

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@kmperham: Myrtle Beach is on the South Carolina coast...

Thank goodness it's not withing a couple of hours of here, or we'd be off...

Max: There is an animal sanctuary in Salinas called Wild Things where she can do a tour, see wild animals, feed elephants and sleep overnight in the on-site B&B...listening to lions all night. :)

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@jonharris0: I've heard that Destin is really nice...

I've heard that too (from Gina :-)   I'm planning on taking all day tomorrow off (Saturday) and we will chill out and have a good time together -- then we drive back home (to Huntsville, Alabama ... I moved there for the night life :-)  on Sunday...

Myrtle Beach is on the South Carolina coast, about three hours from Charlotte, NC.

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@kmperham: I had an opportunity to go to TIGERS, a wild animal sanctuary in Myrtle Beach, for a tour, to play with baby tigers...

If Gina saw thsi she's be out of the door driving to Myrtle Beach (where is that?) ... she LOVES tigers and suchlike...

@Max, hope you enjoy your time down at the beach!  I've heard that Destin is really nice, lots of folks I went to college with went down there.

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I had an opportunity to go to TIGERS, a wild animal sanctuary in Myrtle Beach, for a tour, to play with baby tigers, and swim with an elephant (no relation to the elephant joke here)--but I couldn't make it happen with the short notice I had. BUMMED. Anyone live in NC/SC and want to go tomorrow? :)

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@jonharris0: but looking forward to a kid-free weekend, the kids are off to their grandparents! Woo hoo! :-)


I know what you mean -- believe it or now I'm down at the beach -- my wife (Gina) said "We're definately having a vacation thsi year" so she booked a condo in Destin, Florida for the week. She's down on the beach as we speak -- I'm working 6:00am to 3:30pm each day and then joining her.

Our 18.5 year old son didn't want to join us -- he's having a good time back at the house -- originally we thought "what will we do without him" ... but It's actually proved to be great -- we don't have to worry about keeping him entertained or feeding him the foods he wants or ...

Thanks for the elephant joke, I'll remember that one!

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Max - Writing, playing with some FPGAs and maybe taking a drive to go find a bald Eagle. I took a photo of one in a neardby wildlife refuge a while back it looks like he's got some string or something caught on his foot. I let the refuge people know and I want to go see if I cacn find him flying around and doing okay.

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Max; That's my to-go container.
I'm afraid I need to head back to the commune now. Sunshine is calling me...

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@Tom: Hey, the guacamole is all gone....

No ot's not ... just look down at your shirt...

I don't know about anyone else, but looking forward to a kid-free weekend, the kids are off to their grandparents! Woo hoo! :-)

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Thanks Max. If you see a rainbow bus pull up, that'll be me.

Hey, the guacamole is all gone....

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So, does anyone have any big plans for the weekend?

@Tom, My fave book recently was "Senior Cohouseing" --about engineering housing communities for shifting demographics.

Sounds interesting. Imagine a senior housing community for engineers. I guess they call that ARPANET.

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LOL. ECOC is like Europe's version of OFC--hopefully you don't have to ask what OFC is ;). Technology, equipment and components serving optical/optoelectrical networks. There will be a lot of focus on optical technologies and 100G/400G networks, and all that goes into it. I believe.

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@Tom: ...just down the hall from the room where my book is displayed...

You wrote a book? With words and everything? Wow! Color me impressed (now I'm glad I had a shower before this chat started)

@Tom: Definitely would rather live in a hippy commune than some rest home when the time comes...

You will be welcome in my hippy commune when I eventually form it...

Max: Surely your work will be preserved in the Library of the Magnificent, resplendent in gold-trimmed, glass-topped cases -- just down the hall from the room where my book is displayed.

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@Mike: What is ECOC?

Thank goodness ... I didn't want to be the first to ask (and have all of the other editors laugh at me... again ... :-)

My fave book recently was "Senior Cohouseing" --about engineering housing communities for shifting demographics. That is: As baby boomers age, the society will need something to replace all those 3 bdrm, 2 bath houses with something more practical.  Has to do with the notion of communities, so I loved it.  (Definitely would rather live in a hippy commune than some rest home when the time comes...)

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@Tom: ...in London?  I saw it there...  I liked the way it was displayed right out there in the open for anyone to walk around


It blows me away that anything written so long ago is still around today ... I fear my own humbkle offerings will have faded into dust (or the Internet equivalent) before long... (sad face)

@Tom, in the US capital in National Archives. It was on loan to archive.

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@kmperham: Who from EET covers ECOC?

ECOC? I can't even spell it! :-)

Life's Ratchet is a perfect follow on to another book I read a year or so ago that completely blew me away – possibly one of the most profound things I've ever read (apart from my own blogs, of course). That one was called Wetware: A Computer in Every Living Cell
http://www.amazon.com/Wetware-Computer-Every-Living-Cell/dp/0300167849

Who from EET covers ECOC?

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Susan: in London?  I saw it there...  I liked the way it was displayed right out there in the open for anyone to walk around -- very appropriate, I thought. A document of the common citizen.

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A few weeks ago I read one that on one way probes the boundary between life and death – down at the cellular level – at what stage does something count as being alive – also how does life generate order out of chaos (at least in the shorter term).

"Life's Ratchet: How Molecular Machines Extract Order from Chaos" http://www.amazon.com/Lifes-Ratchet-Molecular-Machines-Extract/dp/0465022537

@Duane, I saw one of original copies Magna Carta once. Very exciting. 

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Max - re "someone comment" That's what brought it back to the top of my mind too. It's definately not a technical manual, but I found the historical component to be pretty interesting and I liked the narative in general.

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@Susan: I'm starting to read this book: Brilliant Blunders by Mario Livio.

When you've read it, maybe you can post a blog/review about it on EE Times

Max - The one I read was more of a modern tranlsation. I found it on the Guttenberg Project website. The E-book has several different translations in one.

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@Duane: I've got a copy of "The Code Book" on order.

I read that ages ago -- it's on the shelves in my office -- I recall is as being an interesting read, but not too deep -- but then I saw someone else comment on it reacenmtly and their comment suggested it was better than I recall...

@Max, I'm starting to read this book: Brilliant Blunders by Mario Livio. I saw him talking about it on BookTV.   

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@Duane: I recently read the Magna Carta. Not really a book, but very intersting read.

In the original old English or a modern translation? As I recall, the original is like reading the original version of Beowulf

@All: Gota check out now. Best

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Max - I've got a copy of "The Code Book" on order. I read it a long time ago and want to read it again. very interesting.

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It's not as distant as that. Our CEO still uses a flip phone.

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@kmperham: DesignLines support emoticons/avatars. Can the chat too?

I think we have to do them the old-fashioned way, like ourfather's and grandfathers before us :-)

Max - I recently read the Magna Carta. Not really a book, but very intersting read.

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I imagine they do. Things have changed quite rapidly since 2004 and things may have changed. At the time, this small little story spurred a lot of calls from FSA, Applied and what not. There was a guy from TI who I quoted who was livid with the panel becasue TI wanted to use SMIC to produce their newest devices and enth of the rate Taiwan was going to charge.

 

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Anyone read any good books recently?

DesignLines support emoticons/avatars. Can the chat too?

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Tom ITAR is an interesting issue as to if it limits business or not.

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@Rick: Watching text fly by I feel like I am on a roller coaster.

Hold your hands in the air and enjoy the ride :-)

Tom, I'm on my fifth shot of espresso. More to come...

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@Tom, nice frog/engineer joke. 

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@Susan: I love the "gravity" quote. There's rocket science and then there's bureaucracy!

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KMPerham: You clearly didn't have enough coffee.

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Frig -- the links aren't showing up in a different color -- I will mention that to the development folks

Rick:  If we hadn't restricted shipments of supercomputers, do you think China would have made its own as quickly?  (Or perhaps, more quickly?)

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Would be nice to see the convo sectioned by topic or at least have a pause button. :) This thing moves faster than the caffeine in my veins!

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Watching text fly by I feel like I am on a roller coaster.

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"...more acceptable to the end user..." ?
Max: I don't want Robocop running around my house. Give me R2D2, not a 3PO that can't keep his balance.

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Sorry -- here's the link to that Art of Hunting an Elephant joke thing

@Mike pre-EET I used to do stories about COCOM restricting sales of the most powerful processors and computers to China. Now China makes some of the top supercomputers.

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As a bit of background, I wrote an article and or blog on it for EDN back in the day but not sure that archive is in tact

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A software engineer finds a frog, picks it up, and studies it:
Frog says: "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess and grant all your wishes."

Software engineer puts the frog in his pocket and keeps walking.
Frog yells: "Hey, what are you doing?!"

Software engineer: "I don't care about princesses, but a talking frog is pretty cool."

 

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@Max, thanks. Jack Ganssle and readers collected a bunch of engineering quotes here. I am fond of this one from Wernher von Braun: We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.

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@Tom: Why do we create robots in our own form? Vanity?

The vast majority of industrial robots are just sophitsicated arms / manipulators -- one reason for making the next generation of robots for use in home / hospital / whatever settings huanoid is so they can easily work withing our existing environment.

Another reason is to make them more acceptable to the end user...

Ah yes she is right in front of me I was doing man looking again 

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@Max/Rick--and we fully understand that with fewer editors, etc., you are even MORE overloaded. So, rather than hit you with 100x more content, I'm interested in what we can be doing to play into your interests and "new" methods without filling up the inbox with press releases and briefing requests. I'm looking for synergy and good relationships, not to drown you even more.

 

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@Adam: Junko Yoshida is one of our veteran reporters with deep experience in areas such as consumer and China. You can probably see her picture on the right of this chat.

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Tom - I thihnk specialized robots of a form that works best for their application make the most sense, but the humanoid form makes some sense too when considering a non-specific tasked robot and compatibility with a world designed around the human form.

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@rick who is Junko?

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Did anyone see that joke about The Art of Hunting an Elephant?

All of the examples provoke a wry smile...

Sorry that should be 90nm not 40nm But it didn't make sense becasue the restriction seemingly only prevented SMIC from obtraining last-generation fab equipment. So for example the rest of the world was headed to 65nm but SMIC could only get 90nm.

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@Adam: I'm guessing Junko would like to see that email on China, too.

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@Rick, I have no doubt it's full. But, from my stance, it's not working. So, marcom/PR may need to resync to some degree with editors.

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Another story I liked this week was about the new DARPA robot. The story sparked a debate about the best form for a robot -- humanoid or something else. 

Why do we create robots in our own form? Vanity?

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Mike I have ome interesting info fro china that might interest you I will send if via email 

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@kmperham: On exiting the product announcement and briefing era, it seems.

Have you seen my in box lately? Where's the exit?

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@Susan: That's a great quote -- one I'm sure I will use in the future

LOL it is less than the 3000 that where used on the last one ;) 

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When I was at EDN back in 2004, I attended a panel at Semicon China with US and China officials and they were describing how advance process technology was barred from China in fear that they would build ICs for other powers that could be built to create a weapon of mass destruction or technology Ie supercomputer to construct one. But it didn't make sense becasue the restriction seemingly only prevented SMIC from obtraining last-generation fab equipment. So for example the rest of the world was headed to 65nm but SMIC could only get 40nm. That may not be the case any longer. What it meant was that manufacturing wise it wasn't a level playing field.

 

 

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I don't have any jokes, but I like this programming quote:  "Walking on water and writing software to specification are easy as long as both are frozen." - Edward V. Berard 

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@Adam: 32 FPGAs 168 custom ASICS

Now you're just showing off ("my rocket's payload is bigger than yours" :-)

Thanks, I would love to talk about some of the issues we had and how we addressed them 

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@Adam: Yes, here at EE Times we give you permission to share everything.

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Max---PLEASE DO! :) The designlines most relevant to us are, of course, on "page 2," so I'm selfishly motivated to want them to receive equal stance. Another idea I had that I recently shared with an EET/UBM Tech sales rep was---now that the community is launched and interaction w/ editors and EET has changed so much, host a live EET webcast for engineers and marketing folks to learn how to interact with the site AND WITH EDITORS in the "new publishing" model. I'd like to hear from editors about how they work now, what they really want to see, how to get companies some exposure, etc. since we're exiting the product announcement and briefing era, it seems.

 

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Adam-Taylor- very cool...

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@Adam: I want to mention a little of the technology but have to be careful what we share

You can tell me anything -- I won't tell anyone else :-)

32 FPGA 168 custom ASICS

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Max;  "Us"?  Surely you're not putting us in the same category, oh, "magnificent" one?!

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MAx and you said I had been drinking 

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Adam-Taylor: How many FPGAs were used?

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@drFPGA -- I was afraid of that.

 

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Q: How many surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: A fish!

I should be cleared monday or tuesday I want to mention a little of the technology but have to be careful what we share 

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@Tom: Mike; define "they"

Anyone who is not "us" of course

 

@kmperham: Hey Max (or Dylan? or Patrick?)...

I can mention this to those who don the undergarments of authority and stride the corridors of power, and hope they don't slap me on my head as they hurry by...

 

@Adam-Taylor: Looking forward to the blog!

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Mike; define "they"?   US or China?  And, perpetually? Not sure I see that..

 

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Max re: "Of course we can't see you -- this is an online text-based chat"

Oh, but we can see you. I have my handy, dandy NSA scanner so I see all, know all. (Well, all with the exception of anything uself)

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It went well all launched OK and into orbit amzing thing to see, I have a blog for EE Times about it ust need astrium sign off 

 

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@Susan Rambo- No punchline possible. Embedded systems are never fully debugged.

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Max, I have intentionally avoided getting pulled into iTunes. I don't like being fenced in.

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KMPerham:  Junko has had a bunch of good car stories.  The self-driving car tales have been giving me funny nightmares (yes, there are such things!)

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Re Junko's china reporting...EET should look into US regulations/restrictions of fab equipment sales in mainland China...they are perpetually forced to be a node behind the rest of the world...

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Hey Max (or Dylan? or Patrick?), can the header bar on the new EET website be adjusted so you don't have to scroll to see all of the designlines? Would be nice to have them all show on the home page (even though they autoscroll).

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@Adam: Did I miss your answer -- how did the rocket launch go?

Actually Max I have it it is the weekend here and I am home alone for it 

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@Adam: Hello can you see me lol

Of course we can't see you -- this is an online text-based chat -- have you started drinking already?

Thanks Larry: I've heard good things about the Nexus, too.  I use Droid on my phone with no probs.  I'm a writer and I use Word constantly (it's an industry standard) so I think there's something nice about running it as a native app. 

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Hi Mike thanks it was pretty nervous, I am just writing max a blog about it 

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@Caleb: Do you think you could broadcast the next Batman movie on an EE Times chat?

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@LarryM99:... my Nexus 10 tablet has become indispensible. I use it for email, web browsing, books, videos, etc.

To me, the thing that distinguished the iPad is the app store -- and also iTunes (I love downloading TV series so I can watch them all in sequence from start to finish).

if it weren't for the app store and iTunes, then any old tablet would do...

Hi Adam, hope all is well with you. Congratulations on the launch

 

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I like Junko's stories on cars w/ phones (not using SIM cards, etc.). My lame import offers T-Mobile wifi via SIM and data plan that provides 2G. TWO GEE! Oy.

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Hello can you see me lol

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This assembly line goes too fast...lol, Rick. 

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I love the idea of self driving cars

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I don't have an engineering failure story, but once I sent a multicast to every port of every computer on the college campus of the first batman movie. Our entire switch room lit up like a cristmas tree and the network admin literally screamed. 

I was working on a new streaming media server and misunderstood the documentation. 

 

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Did you see my blog on The Magic of Mock Relays in which I picked up a really tasty antique relay from my local electronics store?

After I found that antique relay, I became enthused with the idea of creating either a simple relay-based computer – or maybe just a piece of "relay-art" in the form of a bunch of relays clicking away doing something in a glass-fronted wooden display case on my wall.

But they are sooooo expensive. The one I picked up cost me only $5, but equivalent models cost anywhere from $25 (on eBay) to $100 (from special stores that supply the government with obsolescent parts).

What are some other thoughts on best story of hte week? 

 Tom Murphy wrote:

   We've had some cool stories on the site this week... My personal fave had to do with cars that drive themselves.  Even our techy audience seemed mostly uneasy with that....

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@DrFPGA: How many engineers does it take to debug an embedded system?

So how many engineers does it take to debug an embedded system?

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Rick, Tom, my Nexus 10 tablet has become indispensible. I use it for email, web browsing, books, videos, etc. It has replaced at least half of what I used to carry a laptop around to do.

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@Dr FPGA: There should be a special slide rule for your metrics

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Duane what is pound cake?

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@Tom: A shout out to Rick:  Best headline this week -- "Tablets Are Cool. I Just Don't Use Them."


I agree -- that was a great title

I'd like some pound cake right about now.

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DR FPGA even sorry

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Did everyone see Caleb's blog: Disaster Stories: I Hope to Be Late to My Own Funeral blog?

Hopefully this will inspire others to share their tales of doom and gloom...

DRFOGA I like that 

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Engineering & Science Conversion Chart

1,000,000,000,000 Microphones = 1 Megaphone
1,000,000 bicycles = 2 megacycles 
500 millinaries = 1 seminary 
2,000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds 
10 cards = 1 decacards 
1/2 lavatory = 1 demijohn
0.000001 fish = 1 microfiche
453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake

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For the scientists, physicists and chemical engineers out there, this Peep Research site is good for a laugh. http://www.peepresearch.org/

 

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You're not alone Rick.  I have a phablet....and it certainly hasn't convinced me I need a tablet, too.  If I did get one, I think I'd be in that 1.8% with a Surface, which is the only one I've tried that I actually found very comfortable and intuitive.

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@Duane: Solution: Dorky pants.

Ah, I'm already dressed appropriately then :-)

One of my favorite Dilbert comics (and ther are plenty):

Problem: Bicycle seats are uncomfortable.

Solution: Dorky pants.

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congrats on that Mike. Good job. 

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@Tom I'm partial to Caleb's "A blinkparty on your earlobe," mostly because I want one!

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There's always the old classic "Manager versus Engineer" joke:


A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"

The man below replies: "Yes, I can, you're in a hot air balloon hovering 30 feet above this field."

"You must be an engineer," says the balloonist.

"I am" replies the man, "how did you know?"

"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's of no use to anyone."

The man below thinks about this for a moment and then says, "You must be in management."

"I am," replies the balloonist, "how did you know?"

"Well," says the man, "you don't know where you are or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. Furthermore, you're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault!"

@Kfield- We must be reading from the same daily joke site!

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Sorry for teh delayed response. Hi Rick, Max  and other folks. Max, thanks for helping get word out. the User guide was a big surprise. A couple of months ago, I was chatting with one of my friends here and asked "what are you up to?" He said "oh, i just wrote a how-to book to traink software engineers to use Vivado HLS." At any rate, with a bit of champoining, Xilinx has now made it availabe as a free pdf User Guide. UG988

 

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@Tom: Thanks for the shout out and I'm afraid it's all true. I must see a tech counselor.

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I do like dilbert ;)

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I'm on as well, while I am running a build

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Hi Adam -- great to see you -- how did today's satallite launch go for you?

Max: re "Again? You mean you were humerouse once.... and I missed it!"

You did miss. It It was magnificent. August 23rd, 1972.

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@kmperham: "The Knack" Dilbert video was fun. A perfect commercial pause for this chat.

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@Dr FPGA: There were three engineers in a car...

Karen already told that one!

@DrFRGA: your joke seems to be a more elaborate variation of mine, what's the chances of the same joke appearing twice in a live chat?? Or was that intentional??

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A shout out to Rick:  Best headline this week -- "Tablets Are Cool. I Just Don't Use Them."

Truth?  (Fess up!)

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@Tom: Oh, Max, that's going to make it much harder to get your copy past the copy desk!

How much harder can it get? LOL

@Duane: Now I'm doomed to never be humorous again.

Again? You mean you were humerouse once.... and I missed it!

Oh, Max, that's going to make it much harder to get your copy past the copy desk!

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There were three engineers in a car; an electrical engineer, a chemical engineer, and a Microsoft engineer.

Suddenly, the car stops running and they pull off to the side of the road wondering what could be wrong.

The electrical engineer suggests stripping down the electronics of the car and trying to trace where a fault may have occurred.

The chemical engineer, not knowing much about cars, suggests maybe the fuel is becoming emulsified and getting blocked somewhere.

The Microsoft engineer, not knowing much about anything, came up with a suggestion. "Why don't we close all the windows, get out, get back in, and open all the windows and see if it works?"

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Our fridge is marginal. But the freezer is outstanding.

 

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@Tom: I was wondering why the wife announced that the fridge and marriage were both dysfunctional in the same note.

She trained as a copy editor at EE Times :-)

"Hi Dr FPGA -- OK, your turn(s) to tell a joke... I'm waiting..."

You put me on the spot. Now I'm doomed to never be humorous again.

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So where should I leave the note?

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Re links in comments -- make sure you right-mouse click on them and select "Open in New Tab"...

The truth is my fridge really isn't working right now

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Sadly, Max, I didn't get that. I was wondering why the wife announced that the fridge and marriage were both dysfunctional in the same note.

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Hi Duane -- Hi Dr FPGA -- OK, your turn(s) to tell a joke...

I'm waiting...

@Rick: Mike needs a user manual? Does Jenn know about this?

She's the one who told me :-)

DB- Yep just on time. Max finally told a joke..

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Re Jokes -- how about this one:

An engineer returns home from work and sees a note from his wife stuck prominently on the door of the fridge that says: "This isn't working. I've gone back to my mother's."'

The engineer opens the fridge and checks the light. He grabs a beer to make sure it's cold. Eventually, the engineer thinks to himself, "I don't know what she's talking about. The fridge is working just fine."

Mike needs a user manual? Does Jenn know about tis?

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How about creating our own engineering joke.

Here is the start-

How many engineers does it take to debug an embedded system?

What should the punchline be?

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Hello. Am I here at the right time?

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Hi Mike -- great to see you -- I'll be posting that story about your new User Manual soon after thsi chat ends

Hey, it's old home week. Welcome Mike Santarini, EE Times veteran!

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Re jokes -- how about thsi one:

A physicist, an engineer, and a duck are looking at the latest data from a particle accelerator. The physicist suddenly leaps from his seat, points at the screen, and exclaims "Quark!" The engineer carefully examines the screen, nods his head thoughtfully, and he too says "Quark!" The duck looks at the physicist and the engineer, raises an eyebrow, but says nothing.

 

Go on, you smiled at least ...

Max: Don't worry about the sofa. I'll just stay over here by the margarita bar.

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We've had some cool stories on the site this week... My personal fave had to do with cars that drive themselves.  Even our techy audience seemed mostly uneasy with that....

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@Tom: Hello guys!  Nice to see you all, and thanks to Max for hosting us!

Hi Tom -- it's great to see you -- just don't spill your dip on my sofa!

@Max: you're mean

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@Kfield: I have a great engineering joke

I'm sure we're all looking forware to hearing it ... when are you going to tell it (LOL)

@karen: Good one. We used to joke about rebooting the car when M'soft started its Auto PC initiative.

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Karen: Cute joke!  I had a friend whose solution to all car noises was to turn up the radio. "Works every time!"

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@DocDivakar: I am here intermittently!

It's GREAT to see you -- I've been seeing your comments all over EE Times

I have a great engineering joke - granted I lifted it from our friends at EDN, but it's too good not to share here:

An electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and software engineer are on their way to a trade show when their car stalls and they are forced to pull over to the side of the road. 

The mechanical engineer says, "It's probably a mechanical problem. I'll get my tool box out of the trunk and I can fix it." 

The electrical engineer says, "No, I'll bet it's an electrical problem. I have my multimeter with me and I'll go check it out." 

Finally, the software engineer says, "I have the solution! Let's all get out of the car and then get back in. I'll bet we'll be back on the road in no time."

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Hello guys!  Nice to see you all, and thanks to Max for hosting us!

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@Caleb: I love your exacting attention to time.

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I am here intermittently!

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Murphy's Law, but not yours Tom!

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@Caleb: 4 seconds late max.

I coudl say that I was being "fashionably late" and/or "making an entrance" ... in reality, however, my computer has just decided to go horrendously slowely -- isn't it always the way?

@maxthemagnificent  Well that too!

 

 

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@Caleb: Is the right place to bask in Max's magnificence?

Every time and place is equally acceptable :-)

Bask away old friend :-)

4 seconds late max. Are you sure this is the right day?

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@kfield: I've got my moutain goat attire on!


For some reason I first read this as "I've got my mountain goat on fire" -- that certainly gave me pause for thought!

Helloooooo Everybody -- HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

Is the right place to bask in Max's magnificence?

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I've got my moutain goat attire on!

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Max: I'll sit in the corner near the guacamole dip until we're ready.

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@Tom: Am I too early?  (I wanted to get a good seat.)

(a) Yes, you are too early

(b) You're sitting in my seat! :-)

Am I too early?  (I wanted to get a good seat.)

 

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Our weekly chat will commence at 12:00 p.m. my time (Central USA Time), which is 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, and 6:00pm GMT/UTC. You'll have to work out your local time from these clues (of course you can always use this handy-dandy Time Zone Converter).

As always, we will be following our usual practice of leaping from topic to topic with the agility of young, fearless mountain goats, so make sure you're wearing appropriate clothing!



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