Setting Up a Raspberry Pi 2

2017-04-04 08:00:52 by

There are plenty of guides out there on setting up a Raspberry Pi but I thought I would walk through how I recently setup my Raspberry Pi 2 using an Ubuntu Linux system. The first thing to do is to get an SD micro card and make sure it’s formatted properly to install an operatingContinue Reading..

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Review of 7in HDMI Raspberry Pi Touch Screen

2017-04-03 08:00:17 by

Touch Screen for Raspberry Pi and Other Embedded Projects At some point in most embedded projects you are going to want to add a screen to display some type of information and today I’m going to review a raspberry pi touch screen. I’ve got a couple of projects I’m working on where I need toContinue Reading..

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Book Review: How To Disappear by Frank Ahearn

2017-03-30 08:00:11 by

A good skip tracer will be able to get information from anyone who has it.” Frank Ahearn Book Stats Title How To Disappear Author Frank M. Ahearn Publisher Lyons Press Year Published 2010 Category Non Fiction Date Read December 2014 Book Summary Have you ever dreamed of disappearing to a tropical island and living yourContinue Reading..

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Book Review: Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

2017-03-29 08:00:40 by

The fallibility of human beings guarantees that no technological system will ever be infallible.” Command and Control Book Stats Title Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety Author Eric Schlosser Publisher Penguin Books Year Published 2014 Category Non Fiction Date Read September 2015 Book Summary In Command and ControlContinue Reading..

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Book Review: Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

2017-03-28 08:00:32 by

When I sat down to write Flash Boys, I didn’t intend to see just how angry I could make the richest people on Wall Street.” Flash Boys Book Stats Title Flash Boys Author Michael Lewis Publisher W. W. Norton and Company Year Published 2015 Category Non Fiction Date Read October 2015 Book Summary In FlashContinue Reading..

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Shapeways 3D Printing Sample Materials Kit

2017-03-28 02:23:17 by

I came across Shapeways 3D printing sample material kits and was interested to see how different materials looked when printed with a 3D printer. Since my 3D printer can only print in plastics I ordered the Basic Kit (at the time it was around 29 USD but they were offering a 25 USD credit soContinue Reading..

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What’s the Worst Thing that Could Happen?

2016-03-07 19:34:48 by

“Hello, This is Tim Coyle from Signal Bytes Technology.  You recently attended one of our webinars and I was wondering if you had a minute to talk?” “Yeah, I remember that webinar.  I’m busy right…” Click the line goes silent and I know that I’ve gotten the dreaded hang up again.  It’s moments like thisContinue Reading..

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Checklist for SI for PCB Stackup Design

2016-03-02 16:09:19 by

This week we posted an article on Signal Integrity Considerations for PCB stackup design.  It covered the basics to consider when looking at PCB stackups.  We created a basic checklist from that article to help you in your next stackup design.  Here’s a quick checklist. Have you verified that you are using a single groundContinue Reading..

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Lessons from an Engineer

2016-03-02 16:05:31 by

5 Lessons I Learned from My Grandfather I don’t really remember my grandfather talking much about what he did day to day at work, but I remember wanting to be just like him.  He was a great man – funny, smart, hard working.  He was also an engineer thru and thru.  He kept long journalsContinue Reading..

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Leave the Rules of Thumb to the Experts

2016-03-02 16:03:12 by

You know how it is.  You’ve done something over and over again.  You’ve gotten the same results.  You’ve put in your 10,000 hours and I guess on some level that makes you an expert.  Maybe you’ve developed a shortened process, maybe you’ve come up with a new way to do it,  maybe you have aContinue Reading..

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