Archive for July 2010

New Programming Jargon

Every field comes up with its own jargon. New Programming Jargon article lists programming terms that different programmers or their team have coined and have come into regular use in their own circles. Interesting and in some parts funny reading.

Multimeter design fail

The monkeys got my multimeter article has an interesting video that shows a really crappy design aspect of this IDEAL multimeter. Was this caused by a design or specification problem is hard to say. Very probably, for an economy DMM like this one, the ability to operate the buttons without rear support (i.e. your own

Designing for the Web

A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web aims to teach you techniques for designing your website using the principles of graphic design. It features five sections, each covering a core aspect of graphic design: Getting Started, Research, Typography, Colour, and Layout. Learn solid graphic design theory that you can simply apply to your designs,

ESTA standards for public review

Control Geek blog pointed out that a revision of ESTA’s BSR E1.17, the “Architecture for Control Networks” protocol (ACN) developed by the live entertainment industry for control of pretty much anything, is up for a public review ESTA TSP Public Review Documents until August 24. ACN is a control protocol that has potential applications far

TDR circuit kit available

My Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR) circuit is now available in kit form. Far Circuits has made a TDR kit that consists of circuit board and components. The Far Circuits version is a slightly modified circuits, the modification is that the circuit board has a 5V regulator IC in it. With that regulator the circuit power

Circuit inside LED tube

Chipshow’s LED tube page gives some views what LED tubes look like. As you can see there are many LEDs inside a LED tube. The most economical way to run sich LEDs from mains power is to connect many LEDs in series and then use some current limiting circuit to set the drive current right

LED tubes

The idea if replacing fluorescent light bulbs with LEDs seems to become popular. There are different kind of products made for that purpose. LED bulbs utilizes large arrays of high power LEDs to provide up to provide light. They are at best an economical way to replace commonly used fluorescent tubes. Since introducing LED based

Spy tools

Toolkit: A Look at the Gear That Experts Use to Spy on Spies is an interesting article. Kevin Murray heads one of the most sophisticated surveillance-detection firms according to the article. Wired asked Murray about the bevy of gizmos he and his staff use to sniff out corporate espionage.