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Assembly summer 2013

Assembly Summer 2013 computer festival was held last weekend. Many earlier years I have been actively participating in it (even been on organizers team), but for last few years I have skipped that event (I am getting too old for this?). In assembly Assembly event there has been interesting computer demos on the competitions. Something

EEWeb interview

I was interviewed by EEWeb Electrical Engineering Community. The interview is published now with title Featured Engineer: Tomi Engdahl – ePanorama.net webmaster. This is not my first interview for this reason. Years ago Elektor Electronics magazine interview me Tomi Engdahl – the man behind epanorama.net

Spamhaus DDoS attacks

A fight between a spam-fighting group called Spamhaus and a Dutch Web host Cyberbunker has been called the biggest public DDoS battle in history in the news. Spam-fighting organization Spamhaus (helps to block spam from entering e-mail in-boxes) has been in a battle over the last week that has seen distributed denial of service (DDoS).

LEGO celebrating 80 years

I am a big fan of LEGO as you can see on many LEGO related posts in this blog. Imagination-fostering Lego is 80 years old this month. Lego was founded by 1932, Ole Kirk Kristiansen, a Danish joiner and carpenter. The company started by making and selling wooden toys. In 1934, his company came to

Cigarette lighter receptacle problems

Here is one connector I don’t like and sometimes hate: The cigarette lighter receptacle in an automobile, initially designed to power an electrically heated cigarette lighter. It has became a de-facto standard DC connector to supply electrical power for portable accessories used in or near an automobile. It is commonly used as a means of

How Hi-Tech Retailers Are Screwing You

There are a million little ways retailers can screw you on what you buy. But maybe nowhere is this more common than in the world of high-tech gadgets. 5 Ways Hi-Tech Retailers Are Secretly Screwing You article gives examples how high tech opens up whole new realms of screwing the customer. Examples of this can

“Hacker Way”

In last week’s SEC filing, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg poked a huge hornet’s nest when he referenced “The Hacker Way.”. Facebook participates in some parts of the larger hacker culture it might have been a mistake for Zuckerberg to refer to Facebook as a company that embodies the hacker way according to Famous hackers discuss

Many great people died in 2011

At year 2011 we saw the passing of many of the electronics and computer industry’s greatest engineers and inventors. Jim Williams, who was considered one of the best analog circuit designers in the world, suffered a stroke and passed away on June 12, 2011. An Analog Life: Remembering Jim Williams article gives you information who