Archive for January 2019

Crimped connectors

Crimp connectors are typically used to terminate stranded wire. A well-engineered and well-executed crimp is designed to be gas-tight, which prevents oxygen and moisture from reaching the metals (which are often different metals) and causing corrosion. Wire crimping is typically a three step process that needs suitable connector and suitable crimping tool: In the first

Friday Art: Circuit Sculptures

Circuits are beautiful in their own way, and a circuit sculpture takes that abstract beauty and makes it into a purposeful art form. Some artists can use circuit wires as the structure of a sculpture, and can try to tell a story with components. Twelve Circuit Sculptures We Can’t Stop Looking At article shows you

Cyber breaches abound in 2019

Cyber breaches abound in 2019 News of high-profile cyber breaches has been uncharacteristically subdued in recent quarters. Is this a harbinger of a worse hacking landscape in 2019? The answer is unequivocally yes. No question, cyber breaches have been a gigantic thorn in the global economy for years. But expect them to be even

The NSA’s Software Defined Radio application “RedHawk” is now open source page says that NSA released a bunch of software to open source at There is an interesting looking project called “RedHawk” which is described as: “A software-defined radio (SDR) framework designed to support the development, deployment, and management of real-time software radio applications.” github link: Here’s the documentation:

Analog vs digital HDTV for CCTV cameras

For some time it seems that analogue video has seemed die in many applications when digital technologies have replaced the analog video technology. For example the trend in video surveillance systems that old legacy analogue composite video systems are replaces with digital camera interfaces that range from SDI to IP video. In normal video systems

HoldPeak HP-990A SMD component tester

I have wanted to have an easy to use meter for measuring small SMD component. I first tried to fill my need with CEM SMD-100 Smart Electronic Components Tester few months ago, but that CEM SMD-100 meter did not work for me because it was very unreliable. To fill the need, I decided to test

What to expect from CES 2019

CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 year. This year CES 2019 is held January 8-11 at Las Vegas. So the show starts tomorrow. And some press events by some companies