The 9th Circuit of Appeals has reaffirmed the right of software companies to circumvent the first-sale doctrine by “licensing” rather then “selling” its products. The significance of this ruling cannot be overstated—it could singlehandedly destroy the used software market.
Dave turns a low cost reptile egg incubator into a decent 2ºC to 60ºC lab thermal chamber. Throw in a Rigol oscilloscope, an Arduino, and a few multimeters for good measure.
If, like most of us, you can’t afford a Porsche, a mouse shaped like a Porsche is the next best thing. As novelty computer mice go, this is one of the coolest I’ve seen. Avant Garde Gifts was kind enough to send me a sample of the “Motormouse,” and I’ve been evaluating it this week.
Blizzard Entertainment has narrowly avoided a public relations nightmare: an unfavorable comparison with Communist China. The game publisher recently announced plans (then shelved them) to require real names (“Real ID”) on its forums. Meanwhile, China has vowed “to reduce anonymity” on the internet.
Based on 2.4GHz wireless tech, the nRFready R/C Racing reference design from Nordic Semiconductor allows developers to create advanced remote-control race toy cars.
At the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Nintendo officially unveiled the 3DS. And from the media’s reaction, you’d think Nintendo reinvented the electron. The 3DS uses autostereoscopy to produce 3D images without the need for special glasses—or so claim their marketing gurus. Does it live up to the hype? Read on for my first-hand impressions.
After my success in Spain I approached France with the goal of winning or at least putting in a good fight to win the GC competition.
Agilent Technologies introduced new thematic skins for U1240 and U1250 Series handheld digital multimeters (DMMs).
National Instruments' WSN measurement nodes enabled an NI team of cooks to supply rodeogoers with delicious, perfectly-cooked BBQ that was worthy of second place in the 29th annual Austin Rodeo BBQ competition.
Last month, Sony essentially neutered the PlayStation 3 by removing its “Install Other OS” functionality. This precipitated a huge customer backlash (and, as of this writing, at least two class-action lawsuits), but there’s one foe Sony hadn’t anticipated—the United States Air Force.
Dave Jones of the EEVblog destroys some multimeters and shoots some metal with his friend Doug's high energy 4-KV capacitor discharge unit.
(Part 2 of 2) - The folks at the Embedded Systems Conference sent Todd from anengineeringmind to New York to interview their keynote speaker, Dr. Michio Kaku. He's really cool and they spent nearly two hours talking about all kinds of subjects. The following interview includes his favorite parts.
The folks at the Embedded Systems Conference (http://www.embedded.com/sv) sent Todd from anengineeringmind to New York to interview their keynote speaker, Dr. Michio Kaku.
Of course we go to parties. We’re party animals. You just don’t know that because we don’t go to YOUR parties.
It's been a good run here at An Engineering Mind, but I think it's high time I confessed my darkest secret...
My weekly videos have gotten me some level or recognition at National Instruments, even amongst the usually introverted engineering crowd. With that in mind our corporate "Green Team" asked me to spend a week reducing my carbon footprint and documenting my progress. Don't get me wrong,...
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay plans to cut costs by switching their default e-mail font. Poor Arial, the latest victim of the recession. In an economic climate like this, even fonts aren’t safe. Since Century Gothic purportedly uses 30% less ink than Arial, this would save money when students print e-mails.
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.
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.”
The Oscars are this weekend...and who cares? These things are worse than the "Marketing Excellence Awards" they have here for all the losers upstairs. Don't forget, the new feed for AnEngineeringMind.com is:http://feeds.feedburner.com/anengineeringmind/zAiQ
Not to be outdone by my horrible cube-neighbor, Carl (Niels Bohr...again), I decided to descend into the darkness and become that which I fear the most...
McGuire and Luebke have developed a new method for computerizing lighting and light sources that will allow video game graphics to approach film quality.
Sign up to help me win the Green Smackdown. Do something, anything, to help me beat Marketing.Follow me on Twitter. Let me know what you're doing this week to cut back on carbon. I'll be posting pictures and video throughout the week.I'll be posting updates on this blog, as well as...
What kid doesn’t like kicking around a soccer ball? Imagine if this fun activity could also provide enough energy to power something useful in a modest off-grid African village...
Why is management making the workplace more and more comfortable? Is it because they're trying to be nice, or are they slowly trying to enslave us? Consider this your Admiral Akbar moment. I only hope it isn't too late....