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Chris Gammell says
Wow Roger, that’s amazing, it took me entirely too long to figure that out 🙂
Great show! I’m an EE, mostly doing fpgas these days, but what I really like about the show, is learning about the odd little cultural differences and sayings in Australia! Fishing for a root, FTW!
I hope to go someday to Australia and enjoy my 2 favorite aussie exports in person… kangaroo meat, and macadamia nut oil!!!
BTW, which is used most in Australia, vhdl or verilog?
Great Show guys,
Talking of human interfacing have you heard of the Emotiv http://www.emotiv.com/ , There is a Ted video demonstrating it’s operation http://www.ted.com/talks/tan_le_a_headset_that_reads_your_brainwaves.html I think this will be the future of computer interfacing, and it quite cheap.
As for the website, looks cool apart from the large text when posting a comment.
Chris Gammell says
Oh yeah! I love that thing, especially when people hack it. So cool! Now I wish I would have mentioned it!
I don’t agree that projected keyboards are the future. Make the following experiment. Take a piece of chalk and draw a keyboard on a desk. Or pretend there is one projected. Then type on it as if it is a keyboard. Within seconds your hand will hurt. Then imagine you have to do that to write a short e-mail, ouch. Then imagine you have to work on such a keyboard for an hour or two. Great job opportunities for doctors specialized in fixing human hands.
My opinion about the IEEE and professional organizations: The main value of IEEE is the conferences and journals/publications. There are hundreds of IEEE journals which are a reliable place to find cutting edge information and designs. I can’t comment of all of the different journals, but I’ve done some mixed signal integrated circuit design, and the IEEE journal of solid state circuits and such are great resource.
The IEEE stuff might really only useful if you’re doing cutting edge stuff – probably not too useful for someone in the electronics product design industry.
You’re definitely right about IEEE so far as networking and meeting people go, unless you actually go to conferences you’re not going to get much in that regard.
I found your podcast and I’m hooked
I also work for HP, not by choice as I was transitioned from EDS. HP is a shadow of its former self. Growth in the last decade has come from acquisitions. During Mark Hurd’s rein, the number of research projects was cut. Its just about making the lowest cost products, not the best products. Bill and Dave must be turning in their graves .