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From SWUGN Founder to Tarantulas

March 17, 2010 8:29 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Of the four original founding members of SWUGN, Scott Bemis is somewhat a mystery. His contribution to the SolidWorks Community can still be seen in some of the support documentation provided to user group leaders, but shortly after 2000, work pressures forced Scott to step away from the...

10 Years of SWUGN Committee Members

March 17, 2010 8:29 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Since the formation of the SWUGN Committee, there have been a few changes. Originally a 4 person board, the SWUGN committee has expanded to 8 members - 5 US based and 3 international. Even the name has changed - from SNUG (SolidWorks National User Group) to SWUGN (SolidWorks User Group...

Do gamers make better soldiers?

March 17, 2010 5:54 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Findings by the Office of Naval Research indicate that video games improve overall perceptual and cognitive abilities. While nothing new—the claim is nearly as old as Pac-Man, the irregular warfare we face today makes it more relevant than ever. Since Pong, video games have been castigated for everything from school truancy, to school shootings, to even global warming.

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Processes That Protect

March 16, 2010 5:30 am | by Barry LaFontaine, Quality Manager, Fusion Trade | Comments

While leveraging state-of-the-art equipment and aligning with like-minded organizations such as the IDEA fuels the fight against counterfeiters, there’s always more that can be done.

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On Mobile Broadband and Spectrum Availability

March 16, 2010 5:25 am | Comments

I’ve recently read Peter Rysavy’s excellent analysis on the demand for mobile broadband and spectrum availability; the report is very interesting & well worth reading.

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Software Quality - What you don’t know CAN hurt you

March 15, 2010 11:16 am | Comments

My point here is not to join the chorus of Toyota-bashers. Rather it is to point out that major software quality problems seem to be occurring with increasing frequency across more industries today – and they are definitely happening more frequently in the embedded industry. 

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Model-Based Design Creates Configurable, Space-Qualified Digital Channelizer

March 12, 2010 8:56 am | by Bradford Watson, Staff Engineer, Advanced Algorithm Development Group at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company | Comments

Many commercial communications satellites are limited to fixed band plans that assign a bandwidth to users even if they are not actively employing it, an inefficient use of communications capacity. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company developed a dual-stage, satellite-based channelizer (also known as a bent pipe transponder) that can move bandwidth on demand between users and locations.

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Travel Charger Handles Every Contingency

March 12, 2010 8:17 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Powertraveller has released the ultimate travel charger for on-the-go professionals, outdoorsmen, and techies alike—the powermonkey-eXplorer. With three charging methods, international adapters, and tips for nearly every portable electronic device, you’ll never be somewhere without power.

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What Do You Think of the Redesigned EERE Home Page?

March 11, 2010 3:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Andrea pointed you to the redesigned EERE home page. While this blog usually focuses on resources from EnergySavers.gov and other sites that are specifically for consumers, we know that many readers are interested in broader energy efficiency and renewable energy information....

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Army to hit one million unmanned flight hours

March 10, 2010 12:30 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Traditionally pegged as a ground force, the Army is approaching an historic milestone: one million flight hours for its Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). According to COL Christopher Carlile, director, U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence, the Army will hit one million UAS flight hours some time next month.

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Video games and the military: Engaging the “tech generation”

March 9, 2010 9:10 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

For good or ill, the military is often indistinguishable from a large corporation. While “employees” must conform to the company’s modus operandi, the company must engage its employees on their terms. In this day and age, that means technology. Thus, the military increasingly relies on video games and computers to recruit and train its “employees.”

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Searching for the Next Top Product

March 9, 2010 3:34 am | by by Aashish Mehta, National Instruments | Comments

Ideas can come and go quickly. To harness the potential of new ideas it’s essential to follow the basics to select ideas for further refinement to suite the market.

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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round...

March 9, 2010 3:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

I have a love/hate relationship with buses. I love that they save me gasoline, are more efficient than driving a car, and reduce my greenhouse gas emissions. However, I hate them when they're running late! But there is one category of buses that I'm particularly fond of – those that...

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Mama always said "Feed Your Guests." Thanks Michelle, I will.

March 8, 2010 12:22 pm | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

When I was first considering starting a SolidWorks User Group in Central Texas, I turned to Michelle Pillers of the Seattle Area SolidWorks Power Users Group (SASPUG) for advice.  Michelle was kind enough to send me a wonderfull email full of great ideas.  One...

The EERE Web Site Has a New Look!

March 8, 2010 9:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

The freshest energy news on the block this week is the newly designed eere.energy.gov. In case you haven't visited the site lately, the EERE site contains in-depth information about the U.S. Department of Energy's office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.

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