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Mar 20, 2015

5 Reasons You May Not Want an Apple Watch10

As an iPhone user, I have seriously considered the Watch as a future purchase, but for now I have decided not to engage....More
Mar 12, 2015

Happy Pi Day!1

In case you didn’t know, Saturday, March 14 (or 3/14), is Pi Day, a day set aside to celebrate and recognize the mathematical value of pi (π)....More
Feb 26, 2015

The FCC Just Imprisoned the Internet10

The Federal Communications Commission voted to impose Title II rules and regulations of the Communications Act of 1934 on the Internet....More
Feb 23, 2015

RadioShack: Tragedy or Inevitable?7

In case you have not heard, RadioShack is now in bankruptcy as of February 5. We are about to lose one of the icons of electronics retailing. Could....More
Feb 09, 2015 Promises Faster DSL Over Existing Wiring—the latest and fastest version of DSL—may eventually deliver a super-fast upgrade in speed to DSL users....More
Jan 26, 2015

10 Tips for Writing Your First Technical Book5

Ten tips for writing your first technical book from Lou Frenzel, author of 23 different books....More
Jan 12, 2015

What’s Happening With Heathkit and Radio Shack?9

One of our favorite electronic suppliers is gone and the other may be on their way out of business. I wonder why? Given the continued growth and....More
Jan 05, 2015

10 Steps to Making and Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions2

It is that time of year again. Time to set your resolutions for the coming year....More
Dec 15, 2014

What’s HOT at Globecom 2014?

Last week I attended the IEEE Globecom conference in Austin, Texas. This is the annual meeting of the IEEE’s Communications Society. I have been a....More
Dec 01, 2014

Drones: Good News and Bad News6

Growth of the drone business has been spectacular the past few years and it is now so influential that the government is ready to act to regulate it....More
Nov 17, 2014

Implement Real Net Neutrality: Leave the Internet Alone10

I promised myself earlier in the year that I would not write about the net neutrality issue again. Now that topic has again appeared front and....More
Nov 03, 2014

5 Things the FCC Won’t Tell You5

I have created a modified version here about the Federal Communications Commission with thanks to the WSJ for the idea....More
Oct 27, 2014

Will Apple Boost NFC?3

Apple Pay, the new retail payment option, will ensure even more NFC to come....More
Oct 20, 2014

Say Good Bye to the Last Vacuum Tube Product10

Vacuum tubes disappeared from electronic products years ago. Yet there have been some lingering vacuum tube-based products in production....More
Oct 06, 2014

Naked Without Your Wearables3

Wearables is one of the most controversial new consumer electronic product categories to emerge in a long time. Yet, the idea of packaging....More

Lou Frenzel

Lou Frenzel writes articles and blogs on the wireless, communications and networking sectors for Electronic Design. Formerly, Lou was professor and department head at Austin Community College...
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Nov 16, 2015

Building Home or Very Small Office Electronic-Circuit Prototypes, Part 2 5

Part 2 gives step-by-step instructions on how to turn a Black & Decker TO1675B convection countertop oven into a temperature-controlled reflow oven....More
Oct 7, 2015

Building Home or Very Small Office Electronic-Circuit Prototypes, Part 1 9

This first part in a series goes through the steps of creating a preliminary design for a small and inexpensive hobbyist/limited-technology-prototype build-and-test capability....More
Sep 16, 2015

What is All This Nanogenerator Stuff, Anyway?

Nanogenerators, which harvest energy from the environment, could be the next big thing in renewable energy....More

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