Member Since: January 8, 2009

Country: United States



Purveyor of fine ARM products and various very cool things.




Sigma Pi Sigma

Spoken Languages

English, Mandarin

Programming Languages

Forth, C, Assembler(65C02, 68HC11, PPC, ARM)




Embedded instrumentation. Detection of the weakest of signals of all sorts. Synthetic aperture RADAR/SONAR and interferometric radio astronomy. Algorithms for multi-beam and spotlight. Inventor of the Rotating Graviometer.



I share not with mere Earthlings!

  • I don’t see any test gear. A bench power supply and a soldering station, yes. Meters and scopes, no. Today you can do all that with a USB dongle for your laptop I suppose. Oh. That gave me an idea….hmmm. Might be a new project.

    Anyway, are you planning to describe a project process? Like do you keep everything in a GIT repo? Schematics, data sheets, code, drawings, parts spreadsheets, log-blog, photos? Can you do a paperless project and keep going if your laptop is stolen or spontaneously combusts? Curious people want to know!

    By the way, when you have money to burn, a Stanley-Vidmar cabinet will average a 3 to 1 space savings over shelves and bins. I love them but even very well used they are out of reach for home.

  • Blasted owls!

  • The REA killed the rapidly growing wind power industry. GE made a line of low voltage DC appliances and several companies made wind generators and battery control systems. One of them was so good that if parts are available, they are still being used in remote regions around the globe. The same kind of thinking killed all the electric trolley systems in the US except a few. There were lots of alternatives. It came to a screeching halt with subsidized vote buying - er - power distribution. Not that there is anything bad about that.

  • Just trust me. If you like your provider you can keep your provider. What could go wrong?

  • It is about the way of government and how regulatory agencies achieve growth. There is nothing new about that. Youthful expectations that THIS will be different are also not new. How do you keep it ‘right’? No one ever has. Ever.

  • Your youthful glee is charmingly naive. I can’t see the good in it. Once it falls under their regulation, they own it and will do whatever is expedient without legislation. This is a very bad thing.

    I never saw anyone display one of the psychopath serial killer stickers. This isn’t college anymore - its serious. Now they can block encrypted content if the NSA is not provided with a key, and all those other good things. Just give the minions time to write 30,000 pages of new regulations per year. Service providers will need on-staff lawyers. And individuals with servers at home? Consider them hosed.

  • I can’t look at the Barbie picture without expecting some sort of Robot Chicken style catastrophe. There is no place to click “Play”!

  • To put it rightly, one amp is one coulomb per second. Guh!

  • I have taught plenty of high school classes where the girls were the best calculus students. I have also talked to them later when they have careers after college. A good number of those who chose engineering or physics did not like working “in the trenches” and went into other fields like patent law or the stock market analyst jobs with serious math.

    I think here is something about the way men communicate when they are working together efficiently that feels natural to a low proportion of women. Striving for a new norm potentially will make everyone uncomfortable at work. It needs more serious study, like by some very sharp cultural anthropologists (who can separate culture or nurture from nature).

  • From the caption all I see is the usual teenage stuff:

    “Barbie, I really like you and I don’t know how to show that. Can I use an excuse to hang out a little?”

    “Sure Steven, as long as I include Skipper so this doesn’t look like a romantic response.”

    “OK Barbie. I’ll agree to that typical courtship stipulation because there is no alternative.”

    It is so strange that it has NOTHING to do with engineering problem solving? Don’t you think the author nails it?

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