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There is so much amazingly cool "stuff" to see and do that I'm amazed I find the time to get any real work done. In my blog I will waffle on about the books I'm reading, the projects I'm building, and the weird and wonderful websites I blunder across. Please Email Me if you see anything you think will "tickle my fancy."
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Posted: 04:08:09 PM, 21/08/2014
Hmmm, it appears that the title of this column has the potential to be a tad confusing. I'm not talking about music suppressors that are really annoying -- I'm more concerned with finding something that can help me suppress really annoying music. Let me elucidate (don't try this at hom......

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Posted: 04:15:53 PM, 29/08/2014
My chum David Ashton in Australia just sent me an email. He was sharing a joke he'd received from someone at Microchip. ? ? The gist of this email is to take the sorts of claims you see in marketing materials and provide the real-world translations. The examples David provided a......

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Posted: 05:46:42 PM, 26/08/2014
Question: Before we leap into this blog with gusto and wild abandon, I have a poser for you to ponder. Suppose you are working on hobby electronics projects on your kitchen table and you've invested in an ESD (electrostatic discharge) wristband as shown below. To what should you attach the cro......

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Posted: 06:12:54 PM, 20/08/2014
Several days ago, my chum Shakeel from Blue Pearl Software and I were discussing the plethora of interfaces available to designers today and the challenges that arise when FPGA and ASIC designers implement designs with many clocks. ? Out of all the challenges, perhaps the most challenging i......

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Posted: 04:31:13 PM, 14/08/2014
Ever since I was a young lad, I've been enthralled by the haunting tones of the Theremin. Of course, things have come a long way since this instrument was invented in 1919 by the Russian physicist and musician Leon Theremin. ? ? Quite apart from anything else, it is no longer ob......

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Posted: 04:10:14 PM, 13/08/2014
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been having a lot of fun implementing a simple audio spectrum analyser using a pair of MSGEQ7 chips (designed by Mixed Signal Integration and purchased from SparkFun). For the digital processing and control portion of the system, I'm using a chipKIT MAX32 ......

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Posted: 02:54:52 PM, 08/08/2014
Good grief! I wonder where time goes. It seems like only a couple of days ago that I was waffling on about my MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyser. However, the sands of time have wended their way through the hourglass, as is their wont; the days have turned into weeks; and thus we find oursel......

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Posted: 07:12:50 PM, 07/08/2014
A few years ago, I won a pocket knife as part of a "Dirty Santa" game at a family Christmas party. This little scamp was a Buck 730 X-Tract. In addition to an incredibly strong and sharp blade, this little beauty also included two screwdrivers, a small set of pliers, and a doohickey for ......

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Posted: 06:44:08 PM, 06/08/2014
Do you worry about the possibility of a Zombie Apocalypse or do you scoff at the thought of such an eventuality? If the latter, would you be surprised to hear that the US military has an elaborate plan should a Zombie Apocalypse befall the country? This is detailed in an unclassified document titl......

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