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.
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:
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.
szczys (3402149) writes "Gregory Charvat has been playing with and teaching others about entry-level radar concepts for a long time. Now he sat down and explained how you can do it yourself for a few Hamiltons.
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." Link to Original Source top
The Real Story of Hacking Together the Commodore C128
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." Link to Original Source top
Mill CPU explanation for mere mortals: video interview with Ivan Godard
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." Link to Original Source top
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"." Link to Original Source top
Crossing the divide from Software Dev to Hardware Dev
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." Link to Original Source