Content posted in July 2008
Does electronics make life boring?
Automotive DesignLine Blog 7/31/2008 Post a comment
In the earlier days, in-car electronic systems never failed since cars went without them. Driving, thus, was more interesting but not necessarily more enjoyable.
Blog 7/30/2008 Post a comment
I must have made the crossword puzzle too difficult this time. Unlike last week when people seemed to jump on it, well, I guess you're still working on it?
Calculate your individual ecological footprint
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 7/29/2008 Post a comment
EBV has launched the ecological footprint calculator Now, users can calculate their own annual greenhouse gas emissions (their ecological footprint) by entering details of their household and travel activities.
Navigation system mysteries
Automotive DesignLine Blog 7/24/2008 Post a comment
Automotive navigation systems pose the consumer into an inextricable conflict: Either he (or she) wants a user-friendly, powerful device with unacceptable estetic constraints, or he gets an outdated device at an equally unacceptable price.
Wireless network supports uncompressed video in a compressed world
Blog 7/24/2008 13 comments
According to a spate of news stories this week, major players in the digital-home-entertainment segment have yet again found a technology that the group thinks can move HDTV video around the home -- wirelessly. The heavyweight supporters include Sharp, Hitachi, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony. And I'm about to tell you why the concept is fatally flawed.
We Have Crossword Puzzle Winners
Blog 7/23/2008 Post a comment
Thanks to all who played the first crossword puzzle (Wireless Words) ever to appear on Mobile Handset DesignLine. The first three to have all of the answers correct are:
What am I holding in my hand?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/22/2008 2 comments
Close, but no cigar - it's actually an $84.95 book that provides a hands-on introduction to Verilog synthesis and FPGA prototyping and I'm giving it away...
Blog 7/22/2008 Post a comment
Thanks to Buster, I found out that two of the clues to this week's crossword puzzle were missing from the image that I posted in the previous blog. Well, here they are.
Jalapeno Pepper Recall
Blog 7/22/2008 Post a comment
Early on the FDA linked the salmonella strain to fresh tomatoes, taking a 40% chunk from California's tomato sales. RFID to the rescue?
Do a Wireless Crossword Puzzle--Win Free Stuff
Blog 7/21/2008 Post a comment
I love games. I will sit happily for hours if someone gives me a riddle to solve or twisted metal pieces to take apart. I've even been known to take a stab at the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, that really difficult and frustrating weekly challenge.
Commentary: AMD's Ruiz finally finds his calling
Blog 7/18/2008 Post a comment
Hector Ruiz's legacy at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. will be defined both by the company's loss of market value as well as the Intel Corp. anti-monopoly fight, which the chip industry veteran is staying on to champion as executive chairman.
Becomes energy the future bottleneck for industry?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 7/18/2008 Post a comment
The cost for energy is increasing dramatically in general. The European industry in depends heavily on the cost of energy. How can the industry react to avoid future issues due to either energy shortage or unaffordable prices?
Self-delusion in the tier one camp
Automotive DesignLine Blog 7/17/2008 Post a comment
According to recent anylysis, the tier one camp has improved its position in the struggle with automotive OEMs. But the improvement might not last for long.
ODIN, Unisys Protect Borders
Blog 7/17/2008 Post a comment
The Customs and Border Protection division of Homeland Security plans to combine RFID applications with License Plate Recognition in an effort to improve security along U.S. borders.
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/16/2008 Post a comment
I just saw an interesting article on reconstructing the Apple I BASIC from an antique cassette tape.
10 things you don't know about robots
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 7/15/2008 Post a comment
If you know who coined the term "robot" and are familiar with the "Uncanny Valley" theory and the term "proprioception," then you're probably already a robot expert and can stop here (although you might find the "Puppy vs. Robot" video amusing).
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