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TTI - The Big Job Episode 4- The Finalists

October 12, 2010 5:03 am | Videos | Comments

The search for TTI's new corporate icon is almost complete, but now we need your help deciding who will be TTI's new corporate icon. Learn more about each finalist on Facebook and then - CAST YOUR VOTE!

The Big Job: Episode 3- "Interviews Day Two"

September 24, 2010 11:27 am | Videos | Comments

Haven't you heard? TTI is looking for a corporate spokesmodel and things are getting interesting. Experience the insanity. Funny take-off on "The Office." http://www.ttiinc.com/thebigjob

The Big Job: Episode 2- "Interviews Day One"

September 22, 2010 5:36 am | Videos | Comments

Haven't you heard? TTI is looking for a corporate spokesmodel and things are getting interesting. Let the insanity - begin. Funny take-off on "The Office." To view more episodes as they're released or to learn more, visit http://www.ttiinc.com/thebigjob

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The Big Job: Episode 1- "Spokesmodel"

September 22, 2010 5:26 am | Videos | Comments

Haven't you heard? TTI is looking for a corporate spokesmodel and things are getting interesting. Let the insanity - begin. Funny take-off on "The Office." To view more episodes as they're released or to learn more, visit http://www.ttiinc.com/thebigjob

Consumer rights: Court rules against used software sales

September 13, 2010 10:42 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Hacking your own Peltier LAB Thermal Chamber

July 29, 2010 5:28 am | Videos | Comments

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.

Porsche novelty mouse makes great gift

July 21, 2010 5:22 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

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 avoids PR nightmare, comparisons to China

July 13, 2010 11:46 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

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Reference Design Creates Remote-Control Racing Toys

July 7, 2010 4:57 am | News | Comments

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.

Nintendo's 3DS: First-hand impressions

June 22, 2010 5:49 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Sometimes It Is About Surviving

June 17, 2010 4:08 am | by Sam Kavanagh for element14.com | Blogs | Comments

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.

Skins Give DMMs a Personal Look

June 2, 2010 4:16 am | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies introduced new thematic skins for U1240 and U1250 Series handheld digital multimeters (DMMs).

NI Cooks Place Second in the Austin Rodeo BBQ Competition

May 19, 2010 5:50 am | News | Comments

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.

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PS3 firmware update could cripple Air Force research program

May 13, 2010 12:03 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

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.

High Energy Multimeter Destruction

May 6, 2010 4:36 am | Videos | Comments

Dave Jones of the EEVblog destroys some multimeters and shoots some metal with his friend Doug's high energy 4-KV capacitor discharge unit.

Dr. Kaku Interview Part 2

April 26, 2010 5:36 am | Videos | Comments

(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.

Dr. Kaku Interview

April 23, 2010 6:44 am | Videos | Comments

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.

Do Engineers Go to Parties?

April 2, 2010 7:23 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

Of course we go to parties. We’re party animals. You just don’t know that because we don’t go to YOUR parties.

Please forgive me, for I have sinned

April 1, 2010 7:23 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

It's been a good run here at An Engineering Mind, but I think it's high time I confessed my darkest secret...

Help Me Win the Green Smackdown Challenge!!!

April 1, 2010 5:21 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

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,...

College to Save Money by Switching Fonts

March 26, 2010 11:28 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

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.

Do gamers make better soldiers?

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

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

March 9, 2010 9:10 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | 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.”

New Video: The Oscars Are Lame

March 2, 2010 3:22 pm | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

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

Happy Halloween!

March 1, 2010 3:24 pm | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

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...

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