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Hack A Day Prize is a Trip To Space (Video)

szczys Re: This prize could financially ruin you (34 comments)

That's a good point, which is why the grand prize includes consideration for taxes (read the official rules)

about 3 months ago

Hackaday Offers Trip Into Space For Best DIY Hardware

szczys Re:2nd place prize (37 comments)

Am I eligible to win your challenge?

about 5 months ago



Intel releases Edison: hugely powerful x86 board almost as small as an SD card

szczys szczys writes  |  about two weeks ago

szczys (3402149) writes "Intel is upping their bid for a place at the power-efficient, yet powerful device table. This Edison board features an x86 based SoC running at 100 MHz. The footprint measures 35.5mm x 25.0 mm and offers a 70-pin connector to break out 40 pins for add-on hardware."
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Open Design. It is The Way.

szczys szczys writes  |  about 3 months ago

szczys (3402149) writes "Can you answer why we should push hardware companies to use Open Design? I can, and I think it's time we really start pushing for this as it benefits all end users and arguably benefits the engineers developing the hardware. I hope this philosophical rant with real world examples will win you over if you're skeptical."
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Net Neutrality: The Comcast/Netflix mess one method of teaching the FCC a lesson

szczys szczys writes  |  about 3 months ago

szczys (3402149) writes "Rick Osgood did a really good job of explaining the finer points of throttling accusations between Comcast and Netflix. It's not hard to understand, but this actually gives details for tech savvy readers instead of the lowest common denominator.

The article closes by talking about a script written by Kyledrake. It detects FCC IP addresses and throttles them down to 28.8kbps speeds. Hi idea is that if enough websites were doing this it would send a message of throttling==bad to the people making the laws about net neutrality."

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Interview: Inventing the Linux 'sudo' command

szczys szczys writes  |  about 4 months ago

szczys (3402149) writes "We had a drink-up in San Mateo during Bay Are Maker Faire. Turns out one of the two inventors of the 'sudo' command turned up. Be careful what you mention in casual conversation because once we heard a tease of the story, we wanted to hear more. Robert Coggeshall shared the tale of why he and Cliff Spencer developed the now ubiquitous tool, and lets us know why he pronounces it differently than you do."
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Heroes of Hardware Revolution: Bob Widlar

szczys szczys writes  |  about 5 months ago

szczys (3402149) writes "Aleksandar Bradic just wrote an epic post about Bob Widlar and his role in the early days of the modern IC industry. It includes a bit about the 1-finger salute which was so common with the early analog wizards, and covers his nearly mythological behavior when on the job.

If you're involved in electronics in any way this should be on the top of the week's reading list."

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Loot Worth Winning: Hackaday Sci-Fi Contest

szczys szczys writes  |  about 6 months ago

szczys (3402149) writes "Are you and your crew awesome at designing and building electronics? Do you like Sci-Fi? Can you Combine the two? Now's your chance to be awesome and get rewarded for it. Produce the best Open Hardware tech inspired by your favorite Sci-Fi and get some of our booty. Win oscilloscopes, solder stations, dev boards, and Sci-Fi paraphernalia from the Hackaday Sci-Fi Contest:"

Hot or Not? Find Out How to Calculate Component Heat and Why You Should

szczys szczys writes  |  about 6 months ago

szczys (3402149) writes "Calculating the heat of your electronic components is not hard. But you've got to know where to look in the datasheets for the values, and how to plug them into a simple equation. Bil Herd just posted a video that walks you through the process. He ices the cake with a way to calculate how much more reliable your parts are if properly cooled."

ISS is akin to surviving on the frontier in the 1800s -- NASA Flight Director

szczys szczys writes  |  about 8 months ago

szczys (3402149) writes "NASA Flight Director Ed Van Cise just wrote an article that discusses the engineering feats used to keep the International Space Station running smoothly. As with the american frontier in the early 1800s, you can't just run to the store for spare parts. Often the solutions have to be improvised."
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The Real Story of Hacking Together the Commodore C128

szczys szczys writes  |  about 9 months ago

szczys (3402149) writes "Bil Herd was the designer and hardware lead for the Commodore C128. He reminisces about the herculean effort his team took on in order to bring the hardware to market in just five months. At the time the company had the resources to roll their of silicon (that're right, custom chips!) but this also meant that for three of those five months they didn't actually have the integrated circuits the computer was based on."
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Mill CPU explanation for mere mortals: video interview with Ivan Godard

szczys szczys writes  |  about 10 months ago

szczys (3402149) writes "I loved the lecture videos that were posted over the summer on the development of the Mill CPU architecture. The only downside is that they were very long and focused on just one part of the processor. When we had a chance for Hackaday to interview Ivan Godard about Mill I wanted to get a more general look at what is the driving force behind development. He also talked a lot about the business side of developing "heavy semi" which was hugely interesting. I plucked out three questions for an 8-minute "preview" video if you don't want to commit to watching the entire thing. The full interview is around 40 minutes with the first two segments ready now and the other two publishing tomorrow."
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Discussion on the Philosophy of Hacking

szczys szczys writes  |  about 10 months ago

szczys (3402149) writes "Josh Marsh has started a new series over on Hackaday that suggests literature on Hacking and Culture, then asks you to participate in a weekly discussion revolving around the ideas in those materials. He introduced the idea last week, this is the first follow-up which discusses "A Hackers' Manifesto"."
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Crossing the divide from Software Dev to Hardware Dev

szczys szczys writes  |  about a year ago

szczys (3402149) writes "Quinn Dunki spent decades developing software before she fabricated her own 6502-based computer. Here she talks about crossing between software and hardware (or the other way around) and why this is easier today than it has been in the past."
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