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So, short(ish) break over after settling into a new job and focussing on some other projects that require decent weather (Don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of trying to do fibreglassing and similar when your work space is <10C, or as my phone currently claims, -1C). With that stuff mostly done, time to get back into the serious things. On the books for the coming months, finish off the amp build, get going with the various Pi based projects I had in mind and see what is actually a wise ...
By now, everyone has heard of 3D printing, it has been pretty difficult to avoid some mention of companies like Makerbot, but is it here to stay like many believe it is? Recently a blog started making it's way around the internet, sharing a different point of view on the industry. 3dprintingconfidential (Note: Contains stronge language), written by someone apparently involved in a large company, goes into some of the more unpleasant side of 3D Printing. Whether this blog is being written by some ...
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Resume Fun

Posted by cookieglitch May 9, 2012
Something got me thinking, a big part of any job specification is the amount of experience that a candidate has. In the current job market (Such a thing does apparently exist, its not just jobs for friends and ignoring anyone else), every little bit of experience seems to help. The question is however, how do you get this experience when no one will hire you? Do employers actually consider personal projects that might not necessarily follow a proper project life cycle? If personal projects are ...
According to recent research by iSuppli fake chips are a tradedy waiting to happen. Since 2009, it is thought the use of fake components has tripled, meaning an increased possibility of unreliable components finding their way into safety critical systems such as military hardware, aerospace equipment and medical devices. This increase has already cost the industry more than $169 Billion. The BBC article can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk
ews/technology-17665527   Has anyone out there de ...
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Fluke 233 Review

Posted by cookieglitch Dec 6, 2011
Late post is late.   Many thanks to e-14 for this one. Some time in summer, I won a lovely bit of kit. At the time I was cursing, the day I found out I was only round the corner from the offices but couldn't make it to drool in person. However, following a short wait (and a looong drive home from Leeds), I got home to find a box. What was inside it you ask? Simple, a Fluke 233 and some e-14 goodies.   The Fluke 233 is a remote display Digital Multi Meter with an impressive feature li ...
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Geeky Jewellery?

Posted by cookieglitch Apr 3, 2011
I must confess, I'm a sucker for geeky jewellery despite the fact I rarely wear anything (A watch and tags at the most). As it happens, so is a good friend, to the extent that geeky themes leak into their creations. If you have looked around any "maker" site like Makezine you'll have no doubt come across stuff make from old parts like keyrings made from PCB scraps, or ear rings from dead ICs. The previously mentioned friend has just released http://fav.me/d3d4i3r made from a couple of ICs still ...
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A challenge?

Posted by cookieglitch Oct 22, 2010
A friend of mine, an artist by trade, is working on a piece and needs some assistance with some lighting. So I thought, what a better place to ask than a site full of engineers?   Heres the problem, there is one standard canvas (Presumably painted) that needs to be back lit. Previous attempts have shown standard LED torches are not enough, multiple lamps (Assuming desk lamps) are enough, however there is a problem with the canvas burning. Can anyone suggest a suitable way to do it on a low ...
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Makerfaire UK

Posted by cookieglitch Sep 27, 2010
It has been confirmed that Newcastle once again have the UK Makerfaire. It will be the headliner for the 2011 Newcastle ScienceFest. You can find out more at http://www.makerfaireuk.com/   So, anyone planning on going? ...
Wednesday (9th June) saw the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences put on its second annual graduate show. The VIP part of this went well and if I had any advice for any students out there its this. If you are given the chance to exhibit your project at a graduate show, do it! You will not regret it. For the sake of a few hours of your time, you could end up walking away with some decent opportunities.   In my case I went not expecting much and as such didn't have a ful ...