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- Dave is having more microphone troubles.
- Dave had to record earlier so he could go catch the first showing of The Martian
- Back to the Future is only licensed with one theater in Australia??
- Dave got a Fluke 8060, reminding him of our interview with Dave Taylor.
- OSHWA came up with a new license, which caused a stir
- Can online education work for EEs? AMU is trying (with $12K of ‘home equipment’ required)
- Dave has been looking at a new space but decided against it. His wife told him to “Be tidy” upon leaving.
- Dialog is buying Atmel.
- Johngineer mentioned on twitter how chip companies seem to halve every 18 months.
Anti-Moore's law: the number of semiconductor companies drops by half every 18 months.
— John De Cristofaro (@johngineer) September 21, 2015
- Microchip has a much larger number of SKUs than Atmel, simply based upon the PIC16 family. Also, they used to be called “Arizona Microchip”.
- The Volkswagon emissions scandalv is interesting because of how few engineers impacted so much. There was also a single engineer that discovered the mishap.
- The documentary (about electronics in Australia) we have been mentioning for a long time (by Karl) has finally started being released in parts.
- Seeed launched a new kickstarter for the RePhone.
- Quirky is bankrupt. Bolt wrote about why they failed.
- Chris is helping set up a conference for hardware along with Hackaday. If you’d like to apply to speak, use this link: http://bit.do/had_conf
the title picture looks a bit off, either these are miniture models or a giant is sitting behind the table. wont comment on the vw thing, as a long time vw owner it does not make me feel well.
Chris Gammell says
I believe the picture was take at the Computer History museum where they had his desk on display. They had a monster picture of Jim Williams behind him.
Dave Jones and a member of Severed Heads in the same video 🙂
That looks very interesting.
I don’t work in a dungeon, but I’m far enough into the cube farm that I can’t tell if it’s sunny or cloudy outside.
I wrote a script that grabs an image from a local webcam and updates my desktop wallpaper. It makes a huge difference!
The script isn’t anything fancy, but I’d be happy to post it to github if anyone is interested.
Chris Gammell says
That’s awesome! I was thinking about something like that if you had a screen on a wall to make it look like a “window” 😀
Hahaha well the pcb manufacturing lab at our work that I operate is in the corner of our basement. They recently put windows in. But now it’s like working in a zoo enclosure.
I absolutely need some green view while I’m working, at the company I work I arranged my desk to have a view of a big tree from outside through the window. I think that explains when I’m at the farm and my coding/designing productivity increases by 100% at least… I need to move there soon, I’m really not a person that like crowded places/concrete…
ru4mj12 (@ru4mj12) says
I know it’s been talked about it before, and Dave has made some reviews of some hobby lab oscilloscopes, but has anything changed since then? Is the RIGOL DS1102E still the kingping?
Or have there been firmware updates to improve the shortcomings of the other (better spec’d) <$400 scopes?
ex. Siglent SDS1102CML, GW Instek GDS-1072A / 1102A, Owon SDS7102E
Jason Freeman says
Chris and Dave,
About the online EE programs. I am about to be in one at Arizona State University. I am currently in their Engineering Management program due to one poor, but very fun, semester of college right out of High School back in 1998. After I pass my physics final this Friday I will meet all the requirements to transfer into the EE program.
Anyway this isn’t about me. ASU’s online EE program is ABET accredited. That should make you feel a little better about the curriculum, I would think. When I applied this past December ASU was the only 100% online EE program that was ABET accredited according to ABETs own website: http://www.abet.org/accreditation/new-to-accreditation/online-programs/#what
That is why I chose ASU.
If your interested here is the link for the major map for ASUs online EE program:
Most of the courses I have taken, 29 hours when this term is over, have not been easy. Most of the professors specifically state that there is “NO” material removed for the short 7.5 week courses that are standard.
And you mentioned the labs in the last podcast, my General Chemistry for Engineers had an online lab through late nite labs website. It was a simulated chem lab, I was even able to make a simulated beaker explode from adding too much accelerant. 🙂 The Intro to Engineering course had us making circuits on breadboards and adding their photos into lab reports among many other things. My Physics Lab is also using an online simulation lab through KET Virtual Physics Labs. It is actually not too bad. It provides more than enough data for 16+ page lab reports.
Just thought I’d share.
Chris Gammell says
Great perspective from this. I am especially intrigued because ASU has not just a well known name but is a good engineering program.
The labs seem a little shaky in that they are a lot of simulations… But think back on some of my labs, it had similar components. If it’s abet accredited though… That’s OK I suppose. I would view the program as a way to get the paper and the projects I do on the side to prove myself.