I Was Mr. Spock’s Science Officer, For a Day

I’ve been reading science fiction (SF) since the second grade. The first SF book that I read was “The Space Witch” by Don Freeman, which I promptly plagiarized. That book was published in 1959 and I read it a couple of years later. By fourth grade, I’d graduated to the Heinlein juveniles starting with “Have Space Suit Will Travel,” which psychically transported me out of my fourth-grade classroom … Read More → "I Was Mr. Spock’s Science Officer, For a Day"

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I am an outrageously lucky man. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many countries and see many things. For example, I’ve given training courses in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Japan; I’ve presented guest lectures at universities in America, England, and Norway; and I’ve been invited to speak at conferences in Hawaii, Brazil, India, China, Taiwan, and South Korea (to name but … Read More → "OMG! Where Are My Assets?"

New GUIs for Old Cars: Development Platforms for Manual and Autonomous Driving

If you love old cars, you know there’s an allure to their look but their sparse instrumentation leaves much to be desired and, of course, these old machines have no connection to today’s wired world. Earlier this year, Berlin-based Incari announced that it had partnered with the Strate School of Design Bangalore and Design 1880 in France. The three partners plan to retrofit advanced human-machine … Read More → "New GUIs for Old Cars: Development Platforms for Manual and Autonomous Driving"

Sowing the Seeds of Change: How Sustainability and Extending Product Life Cycles Can Help Ease Our Supply Chain Woes

We are sowing the seeds of innovation in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Peggy Carrieres from Avnet and I investigate the global supply chain challenges facing our engineering community today. We take a closer look at the role sustainability will play in the future of electronic design and how Avnet’s visual libraries called “Avail” can help you navigate a variety of supply chain and design chain issues. … Read More → "Sowing the Seeds of Change: How Sustainability and Extending Product Life Cycles Can Help Ease Our Supply Chain Woes"

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Industrial CbM Solutions from Sensing to Actionable Insight

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Condition based monitoring (CBM) has been a valuable tool for industrial applications for years but until now, the adoption of this kind of technology has not been very widespread. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Maurice O’Brien from Analog Devices about how CBM can now be utilized across a wider variety of industrial applications and how Analog Device’s portfolio of CBM solutions can help you avoid unplanned downtime in your next industrial design.

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An Engineer's Guide to Designing with Precision Amplifiers

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Synopsys 112G Ethernet IP Interoperating with Optical Components & Equalizing E-O-E Link

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Posted on Jun 28 at 10:37pm by John
Sounds like witchcraft, or mumbo jumbo, which means it will probably feature in mobile phones and laptops within the next 5 years, lol.
Posted on Jun 28 at 6:30am by Max Maxfield
Wow! This is an awesome story Steve -- how come I never heard about any of this before? You should have led with this when we first met LOL
Posted on Jun 16 at 8:35am by Max Maxfield
I'm guessing the lights on the IBM panel were small incandescent bulbs. If I ever lay my hands on one of these panels, I'll have to decide whether to keep the bulbs or replace them with LEDs.
Posted on Jun 16 at 8:33am by Max Maxfield
Of course you have LOL
Posted on Jun 15 at 2:20pm by Karl Stevens
Are you sure those lights were LEDs? I thought toggle switches disappeared before LEDs existed.
Posted on Jun 15 at 7:14am by Karl Stevens
And along with RPN comes the "shunting yard algorithm". And that leads to the Abstract Syntax Tree(AST) which just might be the key to building a state of the art computer. Python is a very popular interpreted language and C# is a newer compiled language(my favorite!), both based ...
Posted on Jun 14 at 4:46pm by Max Maxfield
Hi Neil -- this sounds AWESOME -- I want to see a picture (or a video) -- can you email it to me at max@clivemaxfield.com? One of my friends has one of the original Altair 8800 (he says the aluminum case could withstand a house falling on it) -- ...
Posted on Jun 14 at 4:41pm by Max Maxfield
Hi John -- first of all, I doubt that quantum computing is ever going to "simplify computer architecture" LOL I actually plan on checking the 2030s and 2040s out, but since I don't currently have a functional time machine (you simply cannot get the parts in Huntsville, Alabama), I'm taking ...
Posted on Jun 14 at 4:35pm by Max Maxfield
Hi Karl -- where would BASIC have been without its GOTO statement? And where would Reverse Polish Notation (RPN) be without a stack? I just added "all the languages" to my list of things to talk about next time (not in my next article, but the next one in this ...
Posted on Jun 14 at 4:31pm by Max Maxfield
Hi Ron -- thanks for the kind words -- in addition to the interpreter / threaded interpretive stuff, you've given me some ideas for a follow-on column -- I have some other columns to write first, but I'll add this to the list :-)
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