We’re serving up a double helping of field programmable goodness in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry podcast. Dianne Kibbey (element14) and I dish about this year’s Path II Programmable design series. We discuss the details of this innovative program and how you sign up to participate in this FPGA-based program. Also this week, Geoff Tate (CEO – Flex Logix) and I … Read More → "FPGA Fiesta"
“With great power comes great responsibility.” – Uncle Ben
Nah, me neither. But now it can be yours. For free. Srsly.
IBM has released the Power Architecture instruction set to the Linux Foundation, making it freely available to anyone who wants it. It’s a … Read More → "IBM Gives Away PowerPC; Goes Open Source"
This week, we found out that Maker Media, the company responsible for Make: Magazine and Maker Faire, ceased operations and laid off all of its employees.
Kevin Morris has already written for EE Journal about the tragedy this represents for the engineering world. While his piece points out that the maker movement is much larger than Maker Media … Read More → "What We Lose If We Lose Maker Faire"
It’s a sad day. Maker Media, Inc. ceased operations this week and laid off all staff. The company published Make: magazine and operated and licensed “Maker Faires” around the world. We have covered the maker movement and Maker Faires for years, even though our audience is professional engineers. We saw value there. Maker Faire was a window into the future of engineering – a place where we could go … Read More → "Staying Too Long at the Faire"
It seemed like such a good idea at the time.
I’ve wanted an autotransformer for electronic troubleshooting work for a while. Autotransformers are variable transformers that let you bring the AC voltage up slowly on a piece of gear under test. I owned a Radio Shack/Micronta variable transformer for decades, but it didn’t survive my move to … Read More → "Pimping My Variac Autotransformer (Actually, it’s a Philmore)"
“Plastics.” – Mr. McGuire, “The Graduate”
Silicon Valley, like Las Vegas and parts of New York, is full of people with get-rich-quick schemes. But I’ve got a foolproof plan. I want to say just one word to you. Are you listening? Infrastructure.
Forget making must-have products or killer apps. The real path to riches in this … Read More → "How to Get Rich (I Think)"