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Nickname: Clive Maxfield     Articles(327)     Visits(241061)     Comments(62)     Votes(215)     RSS
There is so much amazingly cool "stuff" to see and do that I'm amazed I find the time to get any real work done. In my blog I will waffle on about the books I'm reading, the projects I'm building, and the weird and wonderful websites I blunder across. Please Email Me if you see anything you think will "tickle my fancy."
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Posted: 06:23:21 PM, 17/09/2014
Originally, I have been focused on using vacuum tubes augmented with tri-colored LEDs to enhance the look and feel of my hobby projects. However, I may have to take a look at those reproductions of vintage-style light bulbs known as Edison Bulbs. You can see all sorts of these little beauties by p......

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Posted: 04:46:01 PM, 16/09/2014
There are times when it seems that the fates are smiling upon me. Recently, for example, I blogged to describe my experiments to give brass an aged look.   Based on this, someone was kind enough to recommend an old book called Machinery's Shop Receipts from 1927 that contains "......

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Posted: 04:27:01 PM, 11/09/2014
I never fail to be astounded by how others go out of their way to help another with sage advice.   For example, following my recent blog describing my experiments with aging brass, someone emailed me to say he had inherited a book from his grandfather that covered this sort of thing. Even b......

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Posted: 06:58:20 PM, 10/09/2014
The Mighty Hamster (a.k.a. Mike Field) graced my humble office with a visit a couple of weeks ago.While he was here, Hamster noticed some of the antique analogue meters scattered around my office, and he shared an idea with me -- to build a clock using this sort of meter as the display. Hamster ki......

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Posted: 03:55:57 PM, 05/09/2014
As you may remember, one of the things I want to do with the brass panels I'm using in my Inamorata Prognostication Engine is to make them look really old. Since everything is being mounted in a beautiful wooden radio cabinet circa 1929, and since I'm using antique knobs and switches and d......

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Posted: 04:15:53 PM, 29/08/2014
My chum David Ashton in Australia just sent me an email. He was sharing a joke he'd received from someone at Microchip.     The gist of this email is to take the sorts of claims you see in marketing materials and provide the real-world translations. The examples David provided a......

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Posted: 05:46:42 PM, 26/08/2014
Question: Before we leap into this blog with gusto and wild abandon, I have a poser for you to ponder. Suppose you are working on hobby electronics projects on your kitchen table and you've invested in an ESD (electrostatic discharge) wristband as shown below. To what should you attach the cro......

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Posted: 04:08:09 PM, 21/08/2014
Hmmm, it appears that the title of this column has the potential to be a tad confusing. I'm not talking about music suppressors that are really annoying -- I'm more concerned with finding something that can help me suppress really annoying music. Let me elucidate (don't try this at hom......

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Posted: 06:12:54 PM, 20/08/2014
Several days ago, my chum Shakeel from Blue Pearl Software and I were discussing the plethora of interfaces available to designers today and the challenges that arise when FPGA and ASIC designers implement designs with many clocks.   Out of all the challenges, perhaps the most challenging i......

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Posted: 04:31:13 PM, 14/08/2014
Ever since I was a young lad, I've been enthralled by the haunting tones of the Theremin. Of course, things have come a long way since this instrument was invented in 1919 by the Russian physicist and musician Leon Theremin.     Quite apart from anything else, it is no longer ob......

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