Content posted in May 2011
Land of the Rising Silence
Blog 5/31/2011 38 comments
The Japanese are great at achieving goals like that 15-percent cut of electricity use this summer. In contrast, they tend not to discuss, or make plans, or even face up to issues — like the nuclear mess in Fukushima.
Is a media tablet a PC, or not?
Semi Conscious 5/27/2011 30 comments
For the purpose of tracking PC sales from quarter to quarter and year to year, should media tablets be included or kept as a separate category?
Zombie tales for people with brains
Blog 5/26/2011 7 comments
When I come to think about it, I’ve actually been seeing quite a lot of these little rascals recently, starting with The Walking Dead television series followed by all sorts of books…
Engineers as tinkerers
Engineering Pop Culture! 5/26/2011 9 comments
If you work on mind-boggling complex problems all day long and then go home and tinker some more, you're an engineer.
The Drive for Innovation
Social Mania 5/25/2011 19 comments
What would possess someone to drive across the country for a year, in a Chevy Volt? A lust for your stories and the open road.
Audio subjectivist vs. objectivist debate
Audio DesignLine Blog 5/25/2011 4 comments
The audio subjectivist vs. objectivist debate has flared up once again, this time triggered by a critical hardcore engineering-based review of a popular DIY audiophile headhone amp.
Blog 5/25/2011 24 comments
I am a HUGE fan of the author Terry Pratchett in general and of his Discworld books in particular. If you've not been exposed to these little rascals you are missing a real treat...
IMEC and the ARM connection
Blog 5/25/2011 6 comments
European research institute IMEC is holding its annual technology forum. It has one of those slides with more than a hundred partner logos and ARM's was nowhere to be seen. So what was ARM CEO Warren East doing at the event?
DESIGN TIP: The Tortoise and the Hare
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs 5/25/2011 2 comments
Your primo product has a problem—a bad problem. You know you have an all-hands-on-deck situation, but how do you reach a solution as quickly as possible?
National Instruments goes shopping
Blog 5/23/2011 2 comments
While there seems to be an abundance of great companies in this market, there are a few that stand out because they have been fortunate enough to gather some extremely gifted talent.
Living with the Volt
Blog 5/23/2011 32 comments
For the last 2 weeks what may arguably be the most significant car in the history of the U.S. auto history since the Model T has been sitting (and charging) in my garage.
Book Review: Idea Man by Paul Allen
Engineer’s Bookshelf 5/22/2011 2 comments
Idea Man is billed as “A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft” – and this is actually a really good way of presenting a book that’s sort-of, but not quite, an autobiography.
Future of mobile 3-D is a two-way street
Blog 5/21/2011 3 comments
Audiences have been able to consume media in 3-D, with the aid of glasses and parallax filters, but they have not been able to communicate back with their devices in the third dimension.
Prisons and cell phones
Blog 5/17/2011 7 comments
If you are following the issue of sniffing out mobile phones in prison, you might be interested in some news out of Berkeley Varitronics Systems.
The DAC theme for 2011 will be…
Blog 5/16/2011 6 comments
For this year, one area that is definitely going to be a theme is FPGA-based prototyping. This is heating up into a must have tool in everyone’s arsenal…
Timing constraints can be more than a headache
Semi Conscious 5/16/2011 1 comment
Trouble with timing constraints is an annoyance that plagues many a design engineer, but the results of a recent survey suggest that the issue can cause more than a few headaches and some lost hours of sleep.
DESIGN TIP: The glass should be not quite full
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs 5/12/2011 Post a comment
Let’s say you’re developing a new product and getting it to market quickly is your highest priority. What’s the best approach to help your team reach its product introduction goal as fast as possible?
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