Archive for June 2012

Notepad++ editor

I have recently started to use Notepad++ more and more for my code editing (both C source code and scripts). Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. The editor is a multi-Language environment that has syntax highlighting and

JavaScript tools for the HTML5 generation

17 JavaScript tools for the HTML5 generation article has an interesting list of useful tools. Look beyond jQuery and you’ll find a wealth of JavaScript libraries tuned for mobile devices, Canvas-based animation, HTML5 video, local databases, and more. I have also seen some other interesting looking tools that seem to be something that could be

Class D amplifier module

A class-D amplifier or switching amplifier is an electronic amplifier where all power devices (usually MOSFETs) are operated as binary switches. They are either fully on or fully off. The term “class D” is sometimes misunderstood as meaning a “digital” amplifier. While some class D amps may indeed be controlled by digital circuits, the class

War on DIY Electronics

Is electronics heading to be less and less hackable? DIY site iFixit has been keeping tabs on the tech world whilst providing handy self-repair guides for popular electronics. Now the site maintainers have seen trend that electronics products seem to become intentionally harder and harder to fix in recent years. The New MacBook Pro: Unfixable,

Happy 25th Birthday, GIF

Happy 25th Birthday, GIF. 25 years ago (on last Friday) the Graphics Interchange Format was released, and the world has never been the same again. The GIF was originally released by CompuServe to replace RLE – a file format which was limited to black and white only. But the GIF evolved over the next 25

Google Blockly

I saw yesterday an interesting new web-based, graphical programming editor. Google Blockly — a Language With a Difference tells about a new Scratch-like graphical language, Blockly. You program with it by dragging and dropping code blocks onto a design surface. Blockly is written in JavaScript and runs inside web browser. All the code is free

Linus Torvalds wins Tech’s ‘Nobel’

Linus Torvalds Splits Tech’s ‘Nobel’ With Stem Cell Pioneer. What do Linux and stem cell research have in common? Answer: They’re both considered “life-enhancing technical innovations” by the Technology Acadamy Finland, a foundation that is awarding a prestigious award called the Millennium Technology Prize in Helsinki yesterday. Linux creator Linus Torvalds (King of Geeks) and

Ethernet trends

Without Ethernet our networked world would cease to exist. It’s the ubiquitous standard for local area networks. The internet is probably Ethernet’s greatest triumph. Practically every server that delivers content to the internet is networked via Ethernet. Without Ethernet development the internet will choke. Society is moving to a new level of interconnectedness that’s built

Who really invented telephone?

It’s not always clear who is the real inventor of many well known inventions. I just read an interesting article in EDN magazine: Meucci acknowledged as telephone inventor, June 11, 2002. It tells that United States Congress acknowledged Italian immigrant Antonio Meucci as the true inventor of the telephone just ten years ago. Meucci began