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Fiber optic testing updates

Few days ago I read The remarkable evolution of modern fiber-optic connector inspection probes article tells about the current state of fiber inspection. Especially with multifiber connectors such as MPO, MT, and MXC microscopic connector endface dirt and debris cause light reflections and attenuation – the enemies of optimal optical signal transmission. Thankfully there now

Home reflow sees the light | EDN

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/all-aboard-/4458627/Home-reflow-sees-the-light?utm_content=bufferc24a7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer There are lots of claim to be workable solutions out there to reflowing boards at home – mostly involving kitchen appliances like toaster ovens and various sorts of hot plates and skillets. An interesting approach by David Sanz Kirbis uses a halogen shop or flood light as heat source and enclosure.   More info: David’s project write-up Controller

Banana connector types

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_connector A banana connector is a single-wire (one conductor) electrical connector used for joining wires to equipment. The term 4 mm connector is also used, especially in Europe,because the pin’s diameter is nominally 4 millimetres (0.16 in).The pin has one or more lengthwise springs that bulge outwards slightly, giving the appearance of a banana. The original plug consists of a cylindrical metal pin about 20 millimetres (0.79 in) long.However other

Google’s New Program ‘AutoDraw’ Will Help Your Drawings Suck Less

http://interestingengineering.com/googles-new-program-autodraw-help-drawings-suck-less/ AutoDraw uses machine learning to match your doodles with professional works in order to clean up a sketch. Simply pull up AutoDraw on your phone, tablet, or desktop computer and start sketching.  As you draw, image suggestions will appear above the drawing pad.  “We hope AutoDraw will help make drawing and creating a little

Soldering irons

A soldering iron is a hand tool used in soldering. It supplies heat to melt solder so that it can flow into the joint between two workpieces. For well over 4000 years mankind has known how to join metals together by soldering. In the 1800s and early 1900s soldering irons were still heated by flame.

Function generator kit

A function generator is usually a piece of electronic test equipment or software used to generate different types of electrical waveforms over a wide range of frequencies. Some of the most common waveforms produced by the function generator are the sine, square, triangular and sawtooth shapes. Function generators are used in the development, test and repair