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David Anders (prpplague)
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How we oldsters use to spend our time...};-) "In the new book The Tetris Effect, available September 6, veteran tech journalist Dan Ackerman presents the definitive telling of one of the most fascinating stories in videogame history: How the world’s most popular, enduring, perfect videogame escaped the Iron Curtain. While many fierce rivals fought tooth and nail to secure the rights, it ended up as the killer app for Nintendo’s Game Boy. In this exclusive excerpt, we learn how the game’s creator, Russian computer scientist Alexey Pajitnov, first conceived of the computer game that would change the world by playing with children’s toys.
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At the Dorodnitsyn Computing Centre, Alexey’s side project had not gone unnoticed. Other students and researchers would gather around the screen to watch or try their hands at the game, patiently waiting for a turn, even while their actual computer center work went undone. It was an experience virtually unknown in Russia, where few homegrown games had gone beyond their creators, and most were probably as compelling as Alexey’s early aimless prototype."
In an excerpt from the upcoming book The Tetris Effect, we learn how a children's toy in a Moscow shop inspired the game that changed the world.
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New Home for My Dragon
well i finally got some shelves up in the new office, so one of the first "residents" of the shelves is my dragon from +Joy Wandrey . (and yes that is a real Toledo steel dagger)
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He looks soooo awesome there!!!!
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Workshop: Designing PCBs for beginners
Tue Sep 27, 5:00 PM
Evidente AB
Odinsgatan 13, Göteborg
PCBs or P</b>rinted C</b>ircuit B</b>oards: Designing them is easier and cheaper than you might think! Either for giving a professional look to a hobby project, creating a cool novelty gadget that will catapult a startup to success or implementing the "brains" of industrial equipment, knowing how to use CAD software to design and eventually fabricate a PCB, is a valuable skill that can come in handy. In this practical workshop, you will learn the...
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New OSHW FPGA board prototype iCE40HX8K-EVB is testing https://olimex.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/ice40hx8k-evb-oshw-prototypes-are-ready-to-test/ …
What you see is our new iCE40HX8K-EVB prototype. It has same layout as our first iCE40HX1K-EVB board with same 34pin bus connector where iCE40-IO, iCE40-DIO, iCE40-ADC and iCE40-DAC modules could s…
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On Crossrail and digging through history. "The Tunnel Through Time: A New Route for an Old London Journey. By Gillian Tindall. Chatto & Windus; 306 pages; £20.

CROSSRAIL, a new rail line running east-west through London and its suburbs, is described as the biggest construction project in Europe today. It is also one of Britain’s biggest-ever archaeological undertakings. Since construction started in 2009, archaeologists have made more than 10,000 discoveries. These include Roman horseshoes, a medieval reservoir under Oxford Street, ice skates made of bones, Venetian glass, chamber pots, pickled onions and human bones—lots and lots of bones.
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The soil unearthed by Crossrail and the discoveries made by archaeologists provide rich material for Gillian Tindall, a historian who has written biographies of Bombay, London’s South Bank and the Left Bank of Paris. The line also gives her a framework around which to construct a story that moves through both space and time. In the eastern fields of Stepney, close to Whitechapel station, she finds aristocrats and landed gentry who desired open fields and country estates yet enjoyed proximity to the City. It is a very different East End from the district of poverty and workhouses that would follow."
The Tunnel Through Time: A New Route for an Old London Journey. By Gillian Tindall. Chatto & Windus; 306 pages; £20. CROSSRAIL, a new rail line running east-west through London and its suburbs, is described as the biggest construction project in Europe today. It is also one of Britain’s biggest-ever archaeological undertakings.
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I was looking for more information on these pickled onions.
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Bohemian Rhapsody, of course ☺️
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New Shelf Installed and Office Cleaned
Gee-Whiz! where did all this stuff come from?
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Ah, the lair! Nice! :-)
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This is how it's done.
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After it's all over, your lights will be just as bright, and your refrigerator just as cold. But very soon the ampere—the SI base unit of electrical current—will take on an entirely new identity, and NIST scientists are at work on an innovative, quantum-based measurement system that will be consistent with the impending change.
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"John Ellenby, a British-born computer engineer who played a critical role in paving the way for the laptop computer, died on Aug. 17 in San Francisco. He was 75.

His son Thomas confirmed the death but said the cause had not been determined.

Mr. Ellenby’s pioneering work came to fruition in the early 1980s, after he founded Grid Systems, a company in Mountain View, Calif. As chief executive, he assembled an engineering and design team that included the noted British-born industrial designer William Moggridge.

The team produced a clamshell computer with an orange electroluminescent flat-panel display that was introduced as the Compass. It went to market in 1982. The Compass is now widely acknowledged to have been far ahead of its time.

“The Grid Compass was the first successful clamshell laptop computer,” said Marc Weber, a historian at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View."
Mr. Ellenby founded Grid Systems, where the Compass was produced. It went on to become a tool for big corporations, government spies, White House officials and astronauts.
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This is pretty accurate. In short, it won't matter whether you self-publish or go with a known publisher. The likeliness or your making significant money from a book is slim to none.
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Having had three engineering books published, this is sorta true but not the whole picture. I didn't go into them expecting money (though the free money is nice), but rather cachet leading to work that earns actual money. I've decided to move to writing fiction, however. That's potentially more money far, if a) your writing doesn't suck, b) you're incredibly lucky.
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Software and Hardware Engineer
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Engineer specializing in the integration of hardware and software at the lowest levels utilizing Open Source tools, bootloaders, and operating systems such as Linux to rapidly produce quality products. Past product developments have included the the PandaBoard for Texas Instruments, and MinnowBoard Max for Intel. My specialty is complex problem solving to provide rapid solutions to both hardware and software issues. This includes reverse engineering existing legacy projects as well as processing, assimilating and filtering large amounts of datasheets, schematics, software source code, and management specifications.
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  • Softiron
    Design Engineer, 2016 - present
  • Intel
    Open Hardware Design Engineer, 2015 - 2016
  • CircuitCo
    Embedded Systems Developer, 2013 - 2015
  • Texas Instruments
    Embedded Linux Developer, 2010 - 2013
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I am an embedded systems engineer specializing in the integration of hardware and software at the lowest levels utilizing Open Source tools, bootloaders, and operating systems such as Linux to rapidly produce quality products. Past product developments have included the TCSX-1 thin client for Advantage Business Computer Systems, the M5900 handheld for American Microsystems Ltd., and the PandaBoard for Texas Instruments.

My specialty is complex problem solving to provide rapid solutions to both hardware and software issues. This includes reverse engineering existing legacy projects as well as processing, assimilating and filtering large amounts of datasheets, schematics, software source code, and management specifications.

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