Archive for September 2012

EU cloud plans and legislation

All of Europe’s data in US servers? We’re OK with that – EC bod ‘It shouldn’t matter where your files are held’ article tells that there is a new data protection legislation currently making its way through the European Parliament (expected to be in use in 2-3 years and replace the old one). The rules

Cool Circuit Board Stuff

Printed circuit board are found in computers and other digital electronics. Besides electronics there are other uses for the circuit board material. Rather than tossing them into a landfill and contributing to the problem of waste management, consider using old circuit boards in creative ways. Unusual Uses for Old Circuit Boards page gives some ideas

The traditional antivirus era is over?

Computer security is hard and is getting harder. Costs are high and rising. It is not enough to have up-to-date antivirus software on the PC. Traditional anti-virus software is based on the fact that they are looking for well-known software “fingerprints”. Virus fingerprint database is maintained, and software is updated with new fingerprints constantly. This


Raspberry Pi is not the only cheap educational computer. When going to lower end on the performance there is Arduino, but it lacks display output and network (if you add those to it it gets easily more expensive than Raspberry Pi). FIGnition Rève describes itself as the definitive £20 educational DIY computer! It works like

100GbE for live television production?

I saw an interesting writeup 100GbE To Slash the Cost of Producing Live Television at Slashdot. It tells that today live-produced TV is still largely a circuit-switched system. But technologies such as 100 Gigabit Ethernet and Audio Video Bridging hold the promise of removing a lot of of cable and thousands of connectors from a

Manufacturing Modern Computer Chips

Mass Production of 450mm Wafers Bumped Back Again: 2018 article mentions that probably one of the most interesting presentations at HOPE9, “Indistinguishable From Magic: Manufacturing Modern Computer Chips,” covered modern semiconductor fabrication. It tells why these things are cool. View the video of the presentation from YouTube to see it yourself: Integrated circuit design is


Nokia wanted to bring amazing presentation of the new Lumia phones. Particularly a good description of the amazing camera features. They announced a good looking demonstration video in Nokia Conversations blog post. Here is the video. It looks amazing when you view it. The video and pictures look really good, almost too good to be

Favorite EDN Design Ideas

Community driven, Design Ideas have always resonated deeply with EDN magazine’s audience (including me), with their inspired, hands-on, practical, and useful circuit-design contributions. Readers’ Choice: Vote for your favorite Design Ideas article tells that to highlight those contributions magazine has collected the most-clicked-on Design Ideas published since January 2011. They want the readers to tell