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Nickname: Clive Maxfield     Articles(410)     Visits(340003)     Comments(77)     Votes(230)     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: 06:54:34 PM, 31/07/2015
OK, before we begin, let's remind ourselves that I'm a hardware designer by trade. When it comes to software in general -- and C in particular -- I know only enough to be dangerous.   I have a project on the go at the moment. This is a secret squirrel project whose purpose -- for th......

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Posted: 06:24:24 PM, 25/07/2015
Several days ago, I received an email from my chum Jay Dowling. The subject of this email was "Which 'Big Bang Theory' Character Are You?"   Obviously I was intrigued. I love The Big Bang Show. By some strange quirk of fate, I even have the bobble-head characters for Sheld......

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Posted: 10:20:49 PM, 23/07/2015
I'm constantly being amazed by other people's creative design ideas. Take the computer stylus, for example. If you asked me to design a new one, I'm pretty sure that whatever I came up with would pretty much look like a re-imagined pencil (with a softer, blunter point, of course). &nb......

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Posted: 01:01:47 PM, 18/07/2015
I recently got a message from Antti Lukats, who is the research and development manager at Trenz Electronic in Germany. Antii pointed me at his latest project called DIPSY on the Hackaday website.     The DIPSY is a tiny (10mm x 10mm) FPGA module that's priced at only $5 USD. DI......

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Posted: 09:35:31 PM, 16/07/2015
My chum Jay Dowling manages to find an incredible amount of interesting "stuff" on the Internet. Every day, he sends me a cornucopia of links to general science, physics, astronomy, technology, engineering, etc. sites -- whatever takes his fancy at the time (speaking of time, I don&rsquo......

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Posted: 07:18:11 PM, 14/07/2015
I am quite into reading traditional science fiction and fantasy books, but I also have a soft spot for graphic novels. In fact, I recently posted a blog that introduces five graphic novel series I'm currently reading.   One series I didn’t mention in that column is Alex + Ada by ......

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Posted: 09:14:48 PM, 10/07/2015
For the last couple of years, I've been waffling on about how embedded vision and embedded speech capabilities are racing towards us.   One example I often use is that of an electric toaster. Imagine purchasing a new toaster, taking it out of its box, and powering it up. Now imagine it......

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Posted: 09:10:03 PM, 10/07/2015
A few years ago, I read Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez, and Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.   I really love the graphic novel medium and I'm constantly impressed with the different ways in which the various wordsmiths and artists communicate their stories --......

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Posted: 08:09:35 PM, 09/07/2015
Jacob, the 16-year-old grandson of a friend of mine, wants to be an electronics engineer, so I'm currently teaching him about microcontrollers and flashing LEDs; after all, isn’t that what life's all about?     My chum Duane Benson was kind enough to send Jacob a spar......

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Posted: 07:31:54 PM, 09/07/2015
Recently, I was in an email conversation with one of the editors at Everyday Practical Electronics (EPE), which is the UK's premier electronics and computing hobbyist magazine. (There used to be two magazines -- Practical Electronics and Everyday Electronics -- but they merged many years ago; ......

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