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- National Instruments buys Digilent!
- Though Chris doesn’t use it much MATLAB is a nice high level math tool
- Octave is the free version with less features and plugins.
- Project Euler (pronounce “Oil-ehr“) is a place you can practice programming by solving math problems.
- Marketing expert Seth Godin says he doesn’t use Twitter because he’s too busy making things. Touche, marketer.
- Circuit hub is a place to download parts for all different types of CAD programs using DropBox. Looks great!
- KiCAD Cloud is a place to pull KiCAD specific components, made by another listener (Joe Ferner)!
- Would you start a company with a stranger you met through an online site? Founder dating is the place to do it (and engineers are highly desirable! Though probably sw).
- There are more and more hardware startups. There are now hardware meetups all over the place.
- Boeing has had some issues with their LiIon batteries. See the discussion in the EEVblog forum for more details.
- Chris has been blogging about his new CNC machine at ChrisGammell.com
- Dave did a video reviewing old ads in editions of Electronics Australia from the past 30 years
- The Hioki Calcu Hi Tester is a combination calculator and DMM!
- Why can’t any meter beat the Fluke 27’s 1000 hour battery life?
- How do you know where to draw the line on design? When to outsource and how much? Or are we all just oompa loompas?
- If you want to give your boards a programatic and artistic flair, try out PCBmodE.
- Akiba of FreakLabs.org, Bunnie Huang (former guest of The Amp Hour) and designers from the MIT Media Lab toured around Shenzhen visiting factories. Check out Akiba’s great blogging about it!
- The MeCam is a super low cost (<$50!) quadcopter with big promises. We’ll see if they deliver.
- Plastic injection molding is cool…and makes stuff so cheap.
- Is Mexico the new China?
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