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Walking Ham Chapter 2: To Catch A Zombie Mike Parks
A few weeks ago I was able to talk with a guy in Mansfield, Texas, using Morse code. I nearly broke out in tears to be able to talk with another human being. He’s holed up in the Mouser warehouse, an ex-IT employee who has a little electronics experience but managed to hack together a Morse code set up. Turns out Boy Scouts really are prepared for everything. It took a while but over the course of a few days Tony was able to help me locate a shipment of electronics that had been shipped from Mouser to a home nearby, so I thought I would check it out.

Xpress Your Designs to the World! Microchip MPLAB® Xpress Development Board Paul Golata
I have recently incorporated the Fractal Audio AX8 as an all-in-one Amp Modeler + Multi-Effects Pedalboard Processor in lieu of my traditional amplifier. And as a base rock-n-roll patch, I have programmed the Trainwreck Express.

The International Microwave Symposium 2016: Catching the Wireless Waves Aimee Kalnoskas
Between the sessions, papers, workshops, and exhibit halls you got the sense that suddenly the super-hyped world of IoT, M2M, and V2V have finally intersected, and perhaps breathed new life into, the world of microwave, Millimeter wave (MMW), and 5G. At a time where the number of people in the world (6 billion) is exceeded by the number of cellphones…now what? IoT is what. M2M, V2V, IoT. Talk around Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) or what some refer to as 4.5G, is seen as an evolutionary step towards 5G driven largely by need to make those billions of connections possible.

Engineering Marvel: A Behind-the-Shield Interview with Allen Pan Allen Pan
Mouser sat down with Allen to find out more about this engineer who continually defies the norm. We wanted to learn what goes on inside his head and leads to his different design ideas. Here’s what he had to say.

The Internet of Useful Things, or “The World’s Most Expensive Egg Timer” Lynnette Reese
How did we get here? I could use several lifetimes up just in projects. The tools available to the masses seem to be fueled by IoT. We can all engineer a little IoT, apparently.

Dress Like an Engineer Caroline Storm Westenhover
This was the first time I had ever been on a panel, and some of the organizers at the conference asked me what I was going to wear. To which I responded by looking down at my lab polo and khakis and saying, “This?” They informed me that I would probably want to wear something nicer.

Starting out: Essential Electronics Tools, Part I Mike Parks
The rise of Open Source Hardware (OSHW) has made it easier than ever to tinker with electronics. But even in a world where open source development (dev) platforms are making it appreciably easier to get started, tools are still a must for doing any serious circuit building and testing. Investing in good tools early in your maker career can make all the difference as to whether or not you stick with electronics as a hobby (or even profession), or give up in frustration when a circuit doesn’t quite work the way you intended.

Developing with Style Mark Patrick
Mouser and Intel talk Edison at Munich Developers’ Conference

Sci-fi Super Heroes Become Sci-fact SJ Barak
If you’re the kind of engineer who wishes sci-fi would hurry up and become sci-fact, you’re in luck.

Make it Happen: The Maker Movement Justin Risedorf
“They don’t make things like they used to.” But there may still be some hope; today’s maker movement, helped along by open source hardware, may be able to replenish some of the awe that the Industrial Revolution took from us. Not to disrespect mass production, I’m as much a fan of affordable goods as the next person, but it seems sterile now. Products seem manufactured, not thoughtfully designed and crafted.

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