electronica 2014

Fifty Years of Electronics in Munich

by Dick Selwood

Electronica, the enormous "trade fair for electronic components, systems, applications and services", to quote the organisers, was nearly a month ago. So why have I waited this long to report on it? Mainly because I needed the time to recover and to try to get a perspective on what I saw and heard during three days packed with meetings interspersed with long walks.

Looking back to the year electronica first took place, 1964 was the year that I Want to Hold Your Hand triggered Beatle-mania (and the Rolling Stones released their first album), US President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, and the US began ramping up the forces in Viet-Nam. In Russia, Khrushchev was deposed as Soviet leader, and, in Britain, Harold Wilson became Prime Minister. China, France and America conducted atom bomb tests, and the second Vatican Council replaced Latin with local languages for Roman Catholic church services. Moog launched his music synthesiser. General Douglas McArthur and Cole Porter both died and Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin were both born. If most of this (except the births) means nothing or little to you, you are probably too young to understand.  Read More


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I Am tRoot

Posted on 12/18/14 at 6:23 AM by RyanKenny

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Or 'Better Living Through Digital Signatures'

How to create mushroom designs on an oscilloscope signal detector using sound

Posted on 12/18/14 at 4:06 AM by HhindieR

Supply and demand go hand in hand. Where demand exists, supply will meet it. Some people demand they have dinosaur fossils, which leads to the interesting underworld of fossil smuggling. One of the more significant examples in recent memory is the case of…

Encapsulating Engineering

Posted on 12/18/14 at 1:29 AM by Kev

Not sure it's a good analogy (the "road" thing). The way we write software (C/C++) is very dependent on how the machines work, so there's a lot of interdependency that shouldn't be there in the "stack". The "top" of the current stack is reminding me of ho…

How to create mushroom designs on an oscilloscope signal detector using sound

Posted on 12/17/14 at 3:51 PM by EdB

Looks like the vector graphic displays of the 70s.

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Posted on 12/15/14 at 9:31 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Will all these ways of detecting substances continue to coexist? Or do you see some winning or losing?

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