Archive for December 2011

Fused multimeter probes

This is my second product test on Free Product Road Testing program by Farnell. This time the tested product is fused test leads for multimeter (Farnell Number: 428-4276). Why Fused Leads? You might ask why test leads need be fused. Trust me there are situations where this is a really good idea. Maintenance of electrical

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

Holiday videos

Finish IT magazine Tietoviikko has a nice selection of Christmas videos for developers in the Kehittäjän kanavan jouluvideoerikoinen article. Take a look at those videos (you don’t need to understand the Finnish text on the article to enjoy them). Happy holidays.

Fundamentals: LED color chart

Fundamentals: LED color chart article gives a brief review on color temperature and how it affects white LED light. Despite the fact that LEDs produce light by a process other than heating, we still use correlated color temperature (CCT) when describing the appearance of the LED as it relates to the appearance of a black

Holiday Lights and Laser Dangers

John Huntington’s Blog has covered a lot of holiday light displays over the years. Brooklyn’s Holiday Light Spectacular is the newest one covered on the blog. It tells about Holiday Light Spectacular display with nice pictures, and also gives details on technology behind the display. If you want to do your own holiday light display

Ethernet for Vehicles

Ethernet for Vehicles Advances article tells that Ethernet technology in the car (a concept that was once unthinkable for the automotive industry) has been gaining momentum lately. The irony of this sudden trend is that a few years ago, Ethernet wasn’t seen as a solution to any applications in the car (one exception for this

Websocket getting ready for use

Websocket is a promising technology for more advanced web applications. Websocket allows to make a continuous two-way connection between the application software running on web browser the software running on server. WebSocket represents the next evolutionary step in web communication compared to Comet and Ajax. The WebSocket standard (when it gets ready and widely supported)

SCADA systems security issues

SCADA systems are used to monitor and control critical installations in oil and gas refineries, water and power distribution plants, manufacturing plants and other industrial facilities. There has been a lot of discussion about malware and security in industrial automation systems after Stuxnet. Widely viewed as the most complex piece of computer malware ever created,

Linux on Windows

Some time a go I saw an interesting project called andLinux. andLinux is a complete Ubuntu Linux system running seamlessly in Windows 2000 based systems (2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7; 32-bit versions only). The idea is that it runs almost all Linux applications without modification and you see the applications on your Windows screen like