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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Turn Signals, Malloc, and the Arduino

Late at night, while filtering the whole of the Internet through my fingers, I’ve identified a disturbing trend among those who would call themselves “roboticists” or “hardware hackers”. Its a trend that, I believe, will soon bring about the end of the casual EE.

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Posted by on June 30, 2009 in Rants

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Your Media and Your Tanks are Belong to Us

If you haven’t been living under a rock, and are a reasonably informed person, you’ve been watching the news thats been exiting Iran during this “period of turmoil.” Aside from the obvious Democracy vs. Theocracy and Secular vs. Orthodox debates this country’s media seems to stir up at every possibility, there are two outcomes we can already see that interest me, and not in a political or religious way.

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Posted by on June 19, 2009 in Current Events

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How Not To Write

One of my favorite Internet pastimes is reading amateur short fiction. There are several writing sites around that let prospective authors find an inexpensive audience for their work. Someday I might be talented enough to write something both significant and meaningful, but for the time being, I can criticize those who are.

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Posted by on June 18, 2009 in Rants

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If All the World Were Women…

As an Electrical Engineer, much of your time is spent pouring over datasheets from various companies, learning the specs of their various offerings. Over time, as you get more and more familiar with these products, these companies develop a certain personality, and you start thinking of them as living organisms instead of faceless companies.

To help with this transition, here is the “If EE manufacturers were past girlfriends…”

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Posted by on June 10, 2009 in You Might be an Engineer If...

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On the Virtues of Assembler

I left the private sector in a large part because I was sick of writing code, it is ironic, although in hindsight, not surprising, that I am still surrounded by it. This situation has turned me mildly retrospective, and I’ve been trying to figure out when it was I finally got, I mean really, natively, understood pointers.

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Posted by on June 7, 2009 in Rants

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The Uselessness of Documentation

I’ve long been a fan of documentation, it was one of my favorite roles at Data Doctors, and no matter what employment I find, it seems I’m always documenting some procedure or standard. Documentation allows me to exercise both my interest in writing, and my OCD tendencies at the same time.

However, I came to a startling revelation today, and that is that documentation is, 90% of the time, worthless.

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Posted by on June 2, 2009 in Rants

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