I love learning how logic designers of the past solved tricky problems with innovative solutions. The more I delve into this sort of thing, the more I say to myself, “Wow! I would never have thought of that!” A great example is binary coded decimal (BCD) because there’s a lot more to this topic than one might, at first, suppose.
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Rarely does a day go by without my taking a few moments to reflect on how wonderful I am. I’m not talking about my outrageously good looks or my internationally commented-on sense of style (although I’m not discounting these, either), but rather the fact that I—and you, if we’re being honest—are biological marvels.
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I sometimes wonder how many words I’ve written professionally in my lifetime. At least two of my books (search for “Clive Maxfield” on Amazon) have exceeded 850 pages, but I have no idea how this equates to words, and I have no intention of spending any of the precious seconds I still have on this plane of existence counting them. … Read More → "Yet Another 100 Captivating Columns and Counting!"
It’s common to hear engineers and computer boffins say that digital computers are based on 0s and 1s, but what does this actually mean? On the one hand, this is relatively simple; I mean, 0 and 1, how hard can it be? On the other hand, there are so many layers to this metaphorical onion that, much like a corporeal onion, it can make your eyes water. … Read More → "Arduino 0s and 1s, LOW and HIGH, False and True, and Other Stuff"
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel a little frazzled around the edges, as it were. Things are now progressing so fast that I’m finding it difficult to keep up. I still hear people boasting “We now support PCIe 4.0,” even though PCIe 5.0 is roaming wild and free, and now the folks at Rambus are briefing me on their PCIe 6.0 offerings. … Read More → "Are You Ready for PCIe 6.0?"