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Debugging Software Now Works Remotely

by Jim Turley

“Programming will be the last job on the planet.” – Jaan Tallinn, co-creator of Skype and Kazaa

Even hardware is software these days. With a hardware-development language (HDL), you can “compile” gates, boards, and even entire systems. Not everybody does… but you could. Software determines product functionality at least as much as the hardware does, and programming is a much easier skill to learn (and to teach) than hardware engineering. We’re becoming an industry of coders.

Yet one of the big downsides to programming is that you generally spend more time debugging your code than you do creating it. That’s the consistent conclusion of repeated surveys of professional programmers from around the world: they spend more time debugging than on any other part of the job.  Read More


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DIY Clocks

Posted on 01/27/15 at 10:51 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
I wouldn't say it's "sloppy" in the conventional sense. Anything with a finite Q - including crystals - has some slop. As far as I know, the Q of high-quality MEMS actually competes well with crystal.

Sand 9 would point to some issues that crystal has…

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Posted on 01/26/15 at 11:10 AM by EsterlineRD

EsterlineRD
Interesting example of how a sloppy Q factor can actually be useful.

For those situations where the low Q factor in MEMS isn't so useful (and there are many examples of that) - Crystal is still the answer.

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Posted on 01/26/15 at 9:58 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Do you carefully design your oscillators or go the recipe route?

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