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Apr 17, 2015

Thinking About Communications, and a Farewell8

Looking at the calendar, I see that according to today's date, I am . . . just about . . . RETIRED!....More
Apr 01, 2015

It Started with the WOM3

Spoof news releases commemorating April Fools’ Day have a long and storied history in technology publications....More
Mar 16, 2015

APEC Opens with a Blizzard of Product Disclosures

The IEEE Applied Power Technology Conference (APEC) opened Monday, March 16, in Charlotte, N.C., with a host of product announcements ranging from a....More
Feb 24, 2015

Ideas and Media1

Internet pioneer Vint Cerf “warned of a ‘forgotten generation, or even a forgotten century’ that awaits us when ‘bit rot’ takes hold and our digital....More
Feb 02, 2015

Engineering Detectives1

Don recalls some cases (and solutions) from his personal files of engineering detection....More
Jan 25, 2015

Password Plea6

Please, somebody, come up with a biometric authentication that doesn’t work if I’m dead....More
Nov 24, 2014

The Temperature Digitizer Jim Williams Might Have Wished For 25 Years Ago3

A new part that connects to any thermocouple, thermistor, or Resistance Temperature Detector (RTD) and digitizes the temperature being sensed to an....More
Sep 29, 2014

Are CubeSats Adding to Space Junk?2

“CubeSats are supposed to come down within 25 years. However, there is no enforcement of this rule.”....More
Aug 02, 2014

Agilent T&M becomes Keysight; the Old HP Labs Keep the Agilent Name4

The old Agilent, you may remember, was spun off from HP in 1999, when the company decided to divest itself of any products that were not computers or....More
Jul 01, 2014

Who Was This Mho Guy?4

The old-fashioned unit, cycles/second, which was helpful in solving equations by dimensional analysis, became the Hertz, which required an extra....More
Jun 27, 2014

The Maker/HackerSphere Evolves1

"Finally, on the Maker theme, let’s not forget the oldest Makers, the ham radio community."....More
May 14, 2014

Google Glass Guts Prove Surprisingly Cheap2

"The BoM (Bill of Materials) cost for the $1,500 Glass is $152.47."....More
May 12, 2014

Conflict Minerals and the Tantalum Capacitor Supply Chain1

" . . . tantalum electrolytics, without stretching the analogy too far, might be considered the “blood diamonds” of electronics."....More
Apr 13, 2014

How the World's Smallest UPS Was Designed2

"Well, for the first question, the fundamental aim of this product was to integrate all of the necessary components to build a capacitor-based short-....More
Mar 21, 2014

PMBus, GaN, And More Dominate APEC 20141

He [Carl Blake] was particularly tickled because one of the speakers in the plenary sessions had pointed to the lack of such data as an indicator....More
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Mar 6, 2015
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Programming Efficiency: Part 2 2

A number of years ago I did some work on a PABX. The device was electromechanical and far from state of the art, but the owner had been talked into spending a bunch of money expanding it and couldn’t justify scrapping it....More
Jan 21, 2015
Commentary

How To Dumb Down Smart Electronics 8

In our generation of microcontroller-enhanced everything, it has been frustrating at best to see how often the capability of smart hardware has been foiled by the design of poorly purposed software....More
Dec 15, 2014
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Who Are You? (I Really Want to Know!) 7

Borrowing a stanza from The Who’s hit song seemed like a good way to bring attention to a critical topic often ignored by engineers. When finding information on a company that has an interesting product, what do we do? Of course, we look at its Web page to learn more....More

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