Monthly Archives: February 2011

In Defense of Steve Jobs

10 Unusual Things I Didn’t Know About Steve Jobs Why do I get the feeling that this alleged ‘tribute’ is actually a hit piece in disguise? Steve Jobs is dying and is rumored to have only weeks to live, and … Continue reading

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High Moon

Way back when, I wrote a science fiction novelette called “High Moon,” about teleoperated lunar mining robots in Wild Old West Cosplay. It appeared in the May 2005 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine, the longest-running print magazine … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Backwards Transistors

I’ve made a video correction to my video about a PC to arduino to toy crane interface. The second video is called The Mystery of the Backwards Transistors. Anyhow, if you missed it, here is the first video: And here … Continue reading

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Transistor Follies

My electrical engineering education at the University of Washington back in the late 1970s was long on theory and short on hands on experience. Hence it wasn’t until recently, when I started to fool around with electronics, that I needed … Continue reading

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PC to arduino to toy crane

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St. Helens quakes move under the caldera

The Daily News Online, which serves the lower Columbia River region in the south of Washington State, reports on the recent St. Helens volcano earthquake swarm of this past week, and concludes: The quakes are occurring along a fault known … Continue reading

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Electronic Schematics in Sketchup

Sure, your electronics graphics program can make 2D schematics. But can you do this? “Why would I ever want to do that?” you ask. Well, say that you’re putting together a presentation and want to hi-lite specific parts of the … Continue reading

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