I’m a big fan of having hobby projects. In addition to taking one’s mind off the toils, troubles, and tribulations of the world, I think that having a new “thing” that you want to do is the best way to set about learning how to do it.
Take adding a new programming language to your repertoire as an … Read More → "Recreating Retro-Futuristic 21-Segment Victorian Displays"
USB is one of the success stories in the saga of technical standards, and one of the few that lives up to its name. It truly is universal. But that’s about to go out the window.
It started off so well, too. If the funny rectangular plug fit, it worked. It was way</ … Read More → "USB & HDMI: Who’s In Charge Here?"
Which chip is faster: Apple’s M1 or Intel’s Core i7? The new or the old? ARM or x86? The mobile gadgets company or the major microprocessor maker?
Spoiler alert! It’s a trick question – a Rorschach test. You’ll see what you want to see in the benchmark results, and what you take out of the scores is, … Read More → "Apple M1 vs. Intel Core i7: The Benchmark Wars Continue"
Radar predates me by quite a bit. The word conjures up black-and-white images of WWII bombers, huge ground arrays, and stickers warning you not to stand too close to the equipment lest you get cooked.
Well, you can ignore that last part. In fact, you’ll want to stand in front of today’s modern radar. You may not have … Read More → "Radar Sensors on a Chip"