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  • 12.02.2016
  • Get a hands-on tutorial in FPGA design at ESC Silicon Valley
  • Years ago I attended a hands-on tutorial (not at ESC) that made available, as part of the software downloads for PC setup, a Linux virtual machine (VM) with the development environment all tested, set up, and ready to go with the example code folder sitting right on the OS desktop. It worked beautifully and was really the way to go. If you don't already have at least one of the free VM players installed, that's a quick and simple download and installation. Use either VirtualBox or VMWare Player. I suggest someone make one available for this session (if one isn't already available). For those who have never tried a VM yet (horror of horrors!), it would also serve as an additional lesson on how to use one and how nice a separate VM can be for a development environment set up for a specific project/board/processor. Any new dev environment I install in the future will be on a VM every time.
  • 02.17.2016
  • How long do LEDs really last?
  • Most fixtures in my house are the enclosed type which are not suitable for either CFLs or LEDs. Was yours enclosed?
  • 10.30.2013
  • That 60W-equivalent LED: What you don’t know, and what no one will tell you…
  • I just found another problem with LED bulbs I've never heard of. I think I just bought a 60W-equivalent bulb from Home Depot. I installed it in our kitchen. A few seconds later I see a flash! (?) The switch wasn't on. Every 5 to 10 seconds the bulb would flash again. I eventually figured out that it was because it was connected to a lighted switch that has an integrated neon bulb. The brightness of the neon light fades from bright (normal) to dim until the bulb flashes, then it goes bright again. I couldn't believe it when I first figured it out! So... now we can't use LED bulbs on circuits controlled by lighted switches?? Ugh. This is really disappointing and annoying. Are we going to have to replace all current lighted switches with LED-compatible lighted switches (if there is even such a thing!). They need to be put on the shelves next to the LED bulbs.
  • 12.10.2013
  • Thinking in math
  • So, I never knew that the many designs I drew with a Spirograph were made up of circular "curtate cycloids". Maybe a Spirograph set could be occasionally and briefly used/mentioned in math class to make things a little more interesting.
  • 02.27.2013
  • Can engineers effectively design at home?
  • There are phases of my software engineering work that could easily be done at home, but part of our work place paradigm is that us engineers are always on the hook for production-floor problem-solving any time that someone wants to walk over and bug us. It can really kill an otherwise-productive day. You can really get sucked into a problem dealing with hardware/software you've never seen before. Then of course discrepancies in documentation are discovered which have to get figured out and fixed, etc. It can be a real headache. Yet, the deadlines for our "normal" engineering tasks don't change no matter how much we've gotten sidetracked. There's no working at home for me with my current company. I would love to be able to do it at least once or twice a week just to save the 60-mile round trip through really annoying traffic which takes 1-1/2 hours away from me every work day. And then we're forced to take a whole hour for lunch, so we can't eat in our cubicles and only take 15 minutes for lunch so that we can leave earlier. We have to be here during fixed hours for "support".
  • 02.27.2013
  • Can engineers effectively design at home?
  • As soon as you said "... random face to face encounters that may spark original thoughts and chance collaborations" I realized I just read the same intention exactly in this article about Google's new campus design: www.gizmag.com/google-bay-view-hq/26440/