“Phone home.” – E.T., the extraterrestrial
Bigger, better, higher, faster. That’s the usual mantra for electronics innovation, where standing still is the same as running backwards. But there’s something to be said for slowing down and smelling the proverbial roses. It’s relaxing. And it’s cheap.
Amid all the … Read More → "IoT Connectivity on the Cheap"
“The majority of meetings should be discussions that lead to decisions.” – Patrick Lencioni
Setting standards must be lonely work. You meet, you discuss, you weigh options, and you write up prescriptions. And then you wait, hoping the industry will follow your lead and take your advice. If they do, great. And if not? Well, there’s always another … Read More → "Setting Sensible Standards for IoT"
“I eat at the unlimited buffet of danger.” – R.J. Haywire
Security is de rigueur these days, and, like machine learning and cloud connectivity, it’s moving down into cheaper and cheaper devices. Now even low-end microcontrollers have embedded security features – and it’s still not enough. </ … Read More → "How to Stop an Embedded Virus"
“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana
I swear, people are trying their hardest to resurrect the 1970s. I thought the era of bell-bottom pants, 8-inch floppy disks, and bicycles with banana seats was nostalgia-proof. Yet here we are. First there was cloud computing, a throwback to the days of dumb … Read More → "Loading Software on the Fly: AppStreamer"
They taught me a lot of things at university. Unfortunately, they neglected to mention the topic of switch bounce. If you are a practicing engineer working with electronic systems, you will almost certainly have run into this problem. If you are new to the field, you can be assured that the delights of switch bounce are lurking out there waiting for an opportunity to bid you … Read More → "Ultimate Guide to Switch Debounce (Part 1)"
Every engineer I’ve ever asked has said the same thing happens to them on a fairly regular basis. They’ll see an online announcement or presentation on some cool new application, piece of gear, or clever Kickstarter product and think (or say), “Hey, I thought of that several years ago.” It’s a frustrating feeling, that some throw-away thought you had in the shower four … Read More → "The Originality Myth"