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  • 04.15.2015
  • Drivers are driving me crazy
  • Bill, My luck ran out. After installing MS Office, I went to get Outlook to connect to the MS Exchange server at my wife's office. I've never been able to do this without help from the network admin, but this was the worst. I called them last week and asked if I were to use all the same settings that I currently use on her PC at home (same OS and version of Outlook), that it should connect and then when I bring the new PC to her office, it should work. Of course, something went wrong. After I entered the server name and mailbox name, Outlook told me it was unable to connect and when after one more click, it shut down. Now I have two accounts that she uses, one for the Exchange server and one that uses IMAP to connect to a gmail account. Because Outlook aborts, I cant set up the gmail side until I get this resolved. To get the home PC working with the Exchange server, the network admin spent 45+ minutes connected to that PC before it would talk to the Exchange server. After this problem is fixed, I then must set up the IMAP connection and once that's running, load 20 GB of archived e-mails into pst files. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling MS office and disabling the firewall to no avail. I'll call the network admin (a local IT services company) in the morning.
  • 04.15.2015
  • Drivers are driving me crazy
  • Bill, I went to Micro Center this morning and bought an HP desktop PC for my wife's office. I'm typing this on it now. I bought both a USB-to-parallel adapter and a PCIe-to-parallel adapter. The salesman said I had about a 20% chance of the USB working and that installing the card would be better. I bought both and tried the USB. Miracle of miracles, the old HP LaserJet 4P prints. Every now and then, we get lucky. The PC comes with Windows 7 Pro 64 bit and install disks for Win 8.1. I'll keep Win7 and maybe upgrade to Win10 sometime later, like when Win7support ends.
  • 04.15.2015
  • Drivers are driving me crazy
  • I'm about to embark on setting up a Windows 7 PC with an HP LaserJet 4p, circa 1995. A great workhorse printer if there ever was. But, USB didn't exist 20 years ago. So, I'll need a USB-to-parallel port converter. Microsoft claims that the driver is part of Windows, as does HP. Good luck to me.
  • 04.06.2015
  • 7 data-acquisition systems attach directly to sensors
  • Remember IOtech? The company was acquired by NI and products folded into Measurement Computing. They had a number of USB data-acquisition devices. In fact, they are still sold by MCC. http://www.mccdaq.com/products/pdaq50s.htm
  • 03.12.2015
  • USB 3.1 testing part 2: Type-C cable assemblies
  • Cable Wholesale published an article about USB Type-C that falls somewhere between consumers and engineers. Introducing 10 Gigabit USB 3.1 The article ends with a table listing products that will get USB 3.1 in 2015. http://www.cablewholesale.com/cgi-bin/articlelink.cgi?article=SALES_ART_2015-03-30&key=653bc4866500468368db5e966ba1ea767ed58693&link=/support/technical_articles/introducing_10_gigabit_usb_31.php
  • 02.18.2015
  • Cable tips for your next measurement
  • Tammie, When you purchase cables, please consider writing an article about your experiences using and testing them. You can reach me at martin.rowe@ubm.com or 212-600-3403.
  • 03.20.2015
  • The mysterious disappearance of duo-binary signaling
  • "Perhaps duo-binary just missed its opportunity to win favor with serial communication link design experts before other alternatives captured a critical mass of their attention." Based on conversations I had at OFC with a few of the "experts" from the jitter panel. I'd say your observation is correct.
  • 03.18.2015
  • 7 Silent Project Killers
  • Sometimes, the project should end. See "5 Good Reasons to Cancel your Project." http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1323514