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- Dave was asked to be an expert witness…no way! Past guest Jack Ganssle has done this many times, as has Michael Barr.
- Dave’s rebranded multimeter is up for sale soon and he has been struggling with WooCommerce.
- Both Chris and Dave have put out unintended public links/posts.
- Security in general on IoT is terrible, you can now search webcams that are just open on the internet.
- Up until the late 70s, the Nuclear launch codes in the US were 000000.
- Bunnie is crowdfunding a new book about electronics in Shenzhen. Both bunnie and Akiba have been on the show in the past talking about this topic (as have others!)
- Chinese new year is coming up! Beware! Shouldn’t we just make it an (electrical) engineering holiday?
- Chris has been working with Class D Amplifiers as part of Contextual Electronics. It’s a new field for him.
- FTDI is back at it, bricking chips with their interface software in new and innovative ways.
- Dave makes the comparison in PR to the Fine Brothers, who recently had a drastic turnaround in their asshattery.
- If you need an alternativeUSB to serial, try the MCP2200.
- Jonathan is launching the beta for PCB.ng, a new assembly service that is priced by the area of the circuit board.
- The Hackaday square inch contest would do well pricing their assembled boards in this way. Dave had a project called the uRGB.
- Dave is hoping to start assembling his pick and place machine kit (on a cart?)
- The Aeroscope is a new wireless with impressive specs. We’ll need to wait on the cost and the actual performance.
- Bluetooth Smart can talk to both BLE and BT classic.
- The dean of MIT graduate education is leaving to start a new school with no degrees, majors.
- Udacity has been announcing a lot of interesting things like Nanodegrees and paying students back for finishing in 12 months.
The lab organizing thing.. were you guys talking about 5S? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5S_(methodology))
In my unwanted opinion, the FTDI issues are pretty-much being debated as a largely hypothetical, “what if” scenarios with a few people who probably never have or will use an FTDI chip saying they will never use them now! and a few people injecting some common sense into the argument. Keep buying these chips from DigiKey, etc or FTDI directly and move on; there’s nothing to see here. “If” for some reason some fake FTDI chips get into your supply chain and you don’t have the QA to catch problems early, you have much bigger problems.
que arpy says
Chris. Robots.txt buddy. It’s your friend. It’s always a good way to find directories on a website that can contain sensitive data.
Shodan has been around for a long while. There are some good videos of conference presentations about it that I recommend watching. Everything SCADA and more can be found there. Quite interesting and good tool for evaluating security.
great show guys!
Chris Gammell says
Yep, figured that out, but waaaay too late 😀
When the hell will Dave come out with his ‘super secret’ project, which we all know is a multimeter? I’m considering to buy the BM257, but I don’t want to miss out on giving Dave’s multimeter a fighting chance against the Brymen. Please Dave, you’re killing us!
Byron Theobald says
While the Fine Bros did actually recall all their trademarks, they were far from sincere, you only need to listen to their tone of voice in the video.
They did it because it was something they had to do, they were bleeding a large proportion of their active subscribers, to not would of been suicide.
Look at the video, watch their faces, and their eyes, they are reading from a teleprompter and you can see them rolling their eyes and looking completely dead.
John Ridley says
I won’t use FTDI chips, and I won’t buy anything with them in if I have a choice. I buy Arduinos regularly, and since FTDIGate, I buy only ones with CH340 chips in them. They work just fine and cost just 40 cents each in small (10) quantity.
Engineering day should be 3/14 or 3.14
I prefer the MCP2221 USB to serial. It is a newer version of the MCP2200 that doesn’t need the external crystal and has a smaller package.