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Big Blue Open Sources Power Chip Instruction Set

https://www.nextplatform.com/2019/08/20/big-blue-open-sources-power-chip-instruction-set/ With a big injection of open source spirit from its acquisition of Red Hat, IBM is finally taking the next step and open sourcing the instruction set architecture of its Power family of processors. https://www.techrepublic.com/article/open-source-power-isa-takes-aim-at-intel-and-arm-for-accelerator-driven-computing/ IBM announced the release of the POWER instruction set architecture (ISA) as an open standard at the OpenPOWER Summit

Mustool MT77 multimeter

I saw one day an interesting looking multi-meter MUSTOOL MT77 Large Screen Smart Digital Multimeter Voltage Tester 3-Line Display Fully Auto-Range True RMS 6000 Counts DMM with Analog Bargraph.It is advertised as phone size design: 12 mm thin body and pocket size design make it looks like a smartphone. The meter has unibody design so

Photographer Reveals The Behind-The-Scenes Of His Instagram-Worthy Photos (18 Pics) | Bored Panda

https://www.boredpanda.com/photography-reality-behind-the-scenes-calob-castellon/ We are mesmerized by the beauty and quality of some Instagram photographs. And it often leaves us wondering if all these people have personal professional photographers and a free pass to a fancy studio. It appears that is not always the case… This article probes that quite unexpected everyday places can create an out-of-this-world

Volvo’s Gift To The World, Modern Seat Belts Have Saved Millions Of Lives

https://www.forbes.com/sites/douglasbell/2019/08/13/60-years-of-seatbelts-volvos-great-gift-to-the-world/ Volvo proudly exclaim that: “few people have saved as many lives as Nils Bohlin”. 2019 is the 60th anniversary of Bohlin’s breakthrough idea used by billions of people: The 3-point safety belt has saved hundreds-of-thousands of lives and prevented or reduced the severity of injuries for millions of people. Nils Bohlin is the little-known

Friday Fun: Sandstorm

Device Orchestra is back with another track, this time taking on Darude’s Sandstorm. Listen to the 2000 dance hit played on a pair of electric toothbrushes, an electric typewriter, and some credit card terminals: bit.ly/2KJjQNv

AC Powered LEDs Could Cut The Cost Of Lighting IEEE Spectrum – IEEE Spectrum

https://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/semiconductors/optoelectronics/acpowered-leds-could-cut-the-cost-of-lighting “Engineers at Pennsylvania State University have demonstrated a practical way to integrate gallium nitride LEDs and their power supply circuits onto the same chip using industry-standard manufacturing processes.” The results promise a cheap lighting chip that runs directly from the AC electricity supplied by a wall outlet (110-120V AC). Researchers say that this makes

NanoVNA handheld Vector Network Analyzer (VNA)

NanoVNA is a small handheld Vector Network Analyzer (VNA). It is equippedwith lcd display, portable device with battery(battery not included). This project aim to provide an RF gadget but useful instrument for enthusiast. The device hardware offers 50k-300MHz frequency range that can be expended up to 900 MHz (with somewhat less dynamics on higher frequencies).

Cheap spectrum analyzer and signal generator

In search for some cheap and useful RF test hardware, I came by Geekcreit® Spectrum Analyzer USB LTDZ_35-4400M_Spectrum Signal Source with Tracking Source Module RF Frequency Domain Analysis Tool at sale price of aroundy $30/EURO30. It looked to have quite promising specifications: Attribute: RF frequency domain analysis tool Interface: usb Power supply: usb Standby current: