Pi in the sky

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We’ve written about the Raspberry Pi before and for good reason: it really has taken the world by storm since it was released seven years ago. And now, not content with “the world”, it appears to be taking space by storm too. As reported by the BBC, the Pi was used by UK satellite company SSTL to take pictures of…

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I blame IBM

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If you’ve been using computers for more than a decade, then there’s little doubt that you’ll be familiar, with this phrase: Control, Alt, Delete. Indeed, the computer keyboard command has become so ingrained into our society, that it’s spawned plenty of pop culture references, as well as being inducted into the meme half of fame. But while you’re almost certainly…

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Killer app

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Do you know what accountants used before Excel and other spreadsheet software was invented? Pen and paper. Seems pretty obvious really, but when you consider how complex software is these days, and the hugely intricate operations they’re required to complete, you wonder how on earth anyone could have done any of this stuff without a computer. So, how did they?…

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Remember MMCs?

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As a designer, one of the key things you’ll be considering is the longevity of the product you design. After all, it’s no good pouring blood, sweat, tears and years into something that’s only going to be used for five minutes. In my experience, the best designers design with this in mind, considering the chances of the finished product becoming…

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See you at Silverstone?

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We are exhibiting at PCB Design and Manufacturing Live in Northampton on Thursday this week. (9th May) It promises to be a good day, and in addition to exhibiting, we’ve been asked to deliver a presentation on designing removable memory onto a PCB, so if that’s up your street then make sure you’re there at 11.30am, as that’s when we’re…

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Seen us?

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If you are a regular reader of Electronics magazine here in the UK, you may have seen our feature in February’s edition? It was an article written by yours truly, focusing on some core design considerations for embedded systems, and it seems to have gone down pretty well! If you haven’t read it, you can read the online version HERE…

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No one could have anticipated this

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You might remember that I’ve written a few times on the subject of the Raspberry Pi. As you’ll know, it started out as an educational tool, designed to help people to learn coding, but I think even the makers of the Pi couldn’t have anticipated what it’s become, which is – quite simply – the UK’s best-selling PC of all…

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I pulled it and kicked it

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I was driving to work on Tuesday, when out of the blue, a low tyre pressure warning came on. I ignored it. I’m not usually so reckless, but I was pretty close to the office, so I thought I’d check it when I got there. Which I did, realising that the air was escaping from my front tyre so quickly…

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Not fixed?

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I don’t know about you, but I tend to think of units of measurement as fixed things. A kilometre is a kilometre. A pound is a pound. An ounce is an ounce. And that’s why I was somewhat taken aback to discover that scientists have decided to define the kilogram in a new way. As it turns out, up until…

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