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- The patent company Dave interviewed with was Silverbrook
- Do you release your BOM to vendors, distributors and others, even with an NDA?
- Sometimes it’s a tradeoff with how much info you can release. The Raspberry Pi project needed to hold some info back in order to protect distributors that were getting them pricing that allowed them to succeed.
- There are shades of gray in how you do your manufacturing and how much info you release for your OSHW project. Dave reminds us of the unwritten rules of OSHW:
- There is a new non-profit dedicated to geting more people to learn how to code called Code.org. Kind of odd video, but great intentions!
- Hardware will still be necessary though (and hopefully high paying!). This stuff always ebbs and flows like the boom in hiring IT professionals in the 90s.
- SXSW has a bunch of startups that are focusing on hardware!
- MakerBot is one of the prominent hw companies there this week, as well as past guest of The Amp Hour, Jeremy Blum.
- Jeremy was not only making fun quips about the silliness of social media startups down there, but also has been working on the newly announced MakerBot 3D scanner.
- A recent article from The Economist talks about how sacks of potatoes can be used to simulate human beings sitting in airplane seats for RF testing.
- Another Economist article mentioned the sharing economy, citing established companies like AirBnB and RideShare and many new software entrants to the market.
- Could this kind of thing exist for Test and Measurement equipment?
- Dave says it already does for T&M rental companies, but he doesn’t think it’s a great business.
- Speaking of sharing, Intel will soon be acting as a foundry for Altera, which could have other large scale implications for the company.
- Is it stealing hardware if you bought the lowest end model and unlock other functionality that was built in (poorly)? Check out the EEVblog forum thread that brought up this topic.
- The White House recently responded about the legality of unlocking cell phones, which could have implications for other things we buy.
- Would Rigol have sold as many scopes if certain people hadn’t talked about how to unlock the 100 MHz mode?
- The Engibous contest from TI is starting again soon for college students. Win up to $10K…and maybe a job.
- Chris has finally begun cutting metal on his milling machine!
- This can be the prize for Dave’s potential design contest!
- Found on Hacker News: Another site that is dedicated to decapping chips and seeing what is inside of them.
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Thanks to justephens for the rental sign
You have to remember that the 2.4Ghz band used for Wifi is the exactly *same* that’s used on microwave owens. Of course those microwaves have a lot more RF energy, but those frequencies definitely do affect organic matter.
Just to nitpick something that made me jump on my chair while listening the podcast. When speaking about downloading a pirated software, Dave designate it a stealing. This is wrong, as you are not depriving someone from a good. If I steal your bike you have no more bike. The case of software piracy goes into the conterfit cathegory (but I guess it varies for some contries). You are “only” depriving from a source of money, not from any good themselves. This distinction is very important on the legal side of things. Big distribution companies always like to spread confusion around these two infractions to get the most out of the trials and make examples. Let’s try not to add more confusion.
Russ Ramirez says
Chris, you do need to be careful with outside of work activities. In some circles, this is viewed negatively and will be brought-up during a resource action (when any excuse applies) for example. If you have the OK in writing, then no worries, but I didn’t, and even though I had the verbal OK, it still bit me. There can be, and usually are, other employees around you that do it and no one will ever care, but in reality you have to make sure *you* are covered.
Chris Gammell says
That’s a good point Russ. If a company I work for wants to get rid of me, they will find a reason; I’m sure that could be used. With podcasting and such, I took the tact of “better to ask forgiveness than ask permission” and will continue to do so. If something happens, I’ll have to deal with it. I always hope that having a few friendly ears listening to my woes will help me find something else 😉
I’m curious, how did it end up biting you? (as much as you’re comfortable saying)
Russ Ramirez says
It first came-up during an annual review, even though I was rated at the top rating, the manager asked me how my business was going; and then starred at me as if to say WTF? About a year later when I was laid-off, my new manager (different area) made a point of saying that it didn’t have anything to do with my performance, etc. but included my business in that list; why mention it?
In fairness, the company was sued for age discrimination and eventually lost. The net result was about $6.82 /mo in restitution starting at age 65. I will have to take great care not to spend that all in one place.
Honestly though, it’s easy now to look back at this as the best thing that ever happened to me.
Chris Gammell says
Ah, ok. I put side businesses in a different categories than hobbies, though many companies do have policies about moonlighting and side jobs. It truly can affect the business. Side hobbies though, like Dave and I were talking about (and what I still consider TAH to be)? I think that’s something different. So when we talk about outside-of-work “activities”, we should really talk about hobbies vs companies I guess.
Daniel Kmack says
if (HDL == “hardware description language”) begin
you <= gold_star;
else if(HDL == "hardware definition language") begin
you <= blasphemy
else if(HDL == "high definition language") begin
// the phase "high definition" is my number one pet peeve!!
you <= dave_jones_is_a_bad_bad_man;
you <= arrghh;
I went to a local meetup for start-up co-founders about a year ago. There were probably 45 to 50 folks there, and about half of them were working on some sort of social networking star-up. I was amused, for sure.
Maurice Perry says
About “stealing” hardware or software, I agree with Dave to some extent, but I also agree with terriea that copying a software is not stealing.
Also, if I buy a license for a “basic” version of a software, and somehow unlock it to have all the features of the “pro” version, I’m in the same situation as with the oscilloscope.
Chris 3D camera you were talking about is nothing more than an Asus branded Kinect with laptop glued to its ass preloaded with some free software.
Is there a link to the coding videos mentioned on the show? Are they on HDL?
You asked for comments on the RF absorption of water. It is a common misconception that water ‘resonates’ at 2.45 GHz. Water has a very broad absorption spectrum and microwave ovens work through dielectric heating by the dipole rotation of the water molecules. Since water is a polar molecule it will align itself with an external electric field. By subjecting it to an oscillating field, the molecule will also oscillate as long as the frequency is low enough given the angular momentum of the molecule. Actually, the original microwave ovens ran in the ISM band around 900MHz rather than the one at 2.45GHz and some large commercial ovens still do. They have the advantage of penetrating deeper into food being cooked.
Here’s some quick links:
Anyway, hope that interests someone.