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Software for getting the job done; programs, suites, utilities, stuff like that

Chrome apps: serial to display platform agnostic

Lucandentella describes a Chrome App that displays serial port information. During the development of my electronic projects, I sometimes need to develop a graphical user interface (GUI) that talks using serial communication with the devices I create. In the past, I usually chose to develop those interfaces in C# and using the .Net Framework; framework […]

Finally, Weather service upgrades from RTTY

Anthony Watts reports: NOAA/NWS to stop ‘yelling’ at the public in their forecasts. New forecast software is allowing the agency to break out of the days when weather reports were sent by “the wire” over teleprinters, which were basically typewriters hooked up to telephone lines. Teleprinters only allowed the use of upper-case letters, and while […]

Amazon bottom end tablet Fire 5th Generation

When the sale came up with the $50 tablet (Fire 7) for $35, the cost to benefit equation got a bit skewed. This is a large company branded complete tablet that is getting into the noise on the price point. Consider the $5 Rasberry Pi or the $15 Pine 64 (kickstarter) or the other $9 […]

Winchester house software development

Jon Evans’ Three Reasons Why Your Software Is So Far Behind Schedule got me thinking about Winchester House (wikipedia)software development. His rationale is that it is “technical debt” rather than an irrational effort to keep ghosts at bay – but maybe technical debt is indeed just such an effort? “Technical debt is not always a […]

Microcontroller development install based on Netbeans

Finding a few PIC12f683 microcontrollers in a $1 thriftstore music on hold box stimulated another look at the feasibility of implementing development tools. There is a bit of synergy, too, because Microchip now has a cross platform IDE and C compiler available at no cost. A problem is that Mplab X runs in a netbeans […]

FPGA – over towards the hardware side of things

It’s a Field Programmable Gate Array. Dave Jones explains what it is at his EEVblog #496. If you are into the design of (extremely, extraordinarily) complex digital circuits, the FPGA is your prototyping solution. The device is an array of thousands of configurable logic blocks embedded in a configurable wiring grid attached to configurable I/O […]

Technical problem: spam

Fifty Billion is quite a mark and Askimet has just hit that number for spam comments blocked on blogs. TechCrunch has the story. “In April, Akismet blocked 1.8 billion spam messages, or 60 million pieces of spam per day, 2.5 million per hour, or 700 per second.” … “According to stats from the company, 92% […]

If it ain’t broke – it’s probably going to get fixed anyway

AskLeo answers the question Why do things that aren’t broken keep changing? The basic answer is that the owner of those things wants to remain viable. “I actually get this question periodically about almost every major online email service. Google Mail, Hotmail, and Yahoo Mail all go through periodic major updates, and some set of […]

text editing wars

The vi vs emacs thing never dies. Luke has a nice rundown on Why Vim?. First up is a graph of learning curves – realistic humor. Then there are pictures of the terminal Bill Joy was using when he wrote vi and the influence that terminal had on the user interface. There is also good […]

Privacy vs SciFi

Scott Adams has a good rundown on just what could be at the Dilbert blog post Privacy versus Efficiency. You may have noted that some squawk in terror tones anytime they think their privacy is being abridged – consider what happened at Google’s recent privacy policy update. Adams starts by noting that there is a […]