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Nickname: Clive Maxfield     Articles(391)     Visits(315395)     Comments(77)     Votes(228)     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: 08:53:15 PM, 13/05/2015
One of the great things about my multiple roles as engineer, writer, and fashion consultant (LOL) is that I get to hear from lots of people about lots of different things.   Oftentimes, companies want to tell me about their latest-and-greatest devices, tools, or products. Other times, engi......

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Posted: 08:57:04 PM, 08/05/2015
Well, things are currently bouncing along in Max's World (where the colors are brighter, the butterflies are bigger, the birds sing sweeter, and the beer is plentiful and cold). For example, do you recall this video showing the prototype for the spectrum analyzer board for my Bodacious Acousti......

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Posted: 05:05:17 PM, 28/04/2015
My chum Duane Benson just sent me an incredible clock based on a 60-element NeoPixel ring from Adafruit, the whole thing being powered by a custom circuit board he's created (see also my column Incredibly cool WS2812-NeoPixel-based clock).     Now, I need another hobby project l......

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Posted: 05:38:10 PM, 25/04/2015
Well, I am all aquiver with excitement. When I returned from my trip to the UK last week (to celebrate what would have been my dear old dad's 100th birthday) I found a package waiting for me in my office.   The outside of the package informed me that its sender was my chum Duane Benson......

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Posted: 05:45:51 PM, 10/04/2015
Happy Friday (or whatever day it happens to be when you read this)! I recently spent a jolly happy weekend programming some new test-pattern lighting effects into my Bodacious Acoustic Diagnostic Astoundingly Superior Spectromatic (BADASS) Display.   As I mentioned in my previous column on ......

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Posted: 09:24:02 PM, 02/04/2015
The vast majority of the embedded designers I know generally create MCU-based systems -- they rarely even consider using a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA).   Now, I think just about every embedded designer has at least heard of FPGAs. They understand that these devices can be configure......

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Posted: 09:11:41 PM, 02/04/2015
I have recently been exposed to a whole bunch of terms I've never heard before -- things like "Intelligent City Luminaries" and "Non-Conventional Surveillance (NCS)."   It seems that Altera has partnered with a company called Eutecus to develop multi-channel high-def......

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Posted: 07:57:16 PM, 30/03/2015
Do you want to see a really cool video -- one in which something works first time? Well in that case it's "Happy Dance" time because I'll show you one in just a moment, but first let me set the scene...   First of all, I would like to introduce the Simblee, which encompass......

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Posted: 08:00:17 PM, 26/03/2015
I've recently started to consider whether or not it would be right and proper for me to perform an experiment on a member of my family.     The modern world in the form of today's telecommunications systems couldn’t have come at a better time for my wife (Gina the Gorg......

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Posted: 06:54:35 PM, 20/03/2015
I guess that nothing should surprise me these days, but it seems like almost every day something new pops up that I would never have thought up by myself in a million years.   Take the Internet, for example. The original generic top-level domains (gTLDs) were something I could wrap my brain......

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