Imagine yourself in an interview, sitting in front of 5-10 others of your field. Midway through, the group’s questions drift from the personal and work experiential to the assessing and cross-examining. They ask you to step up to The Whiteboard, marker in hand, and prove what you know. Never mind that you’re not fresh out […]
I had the most bizarre confrontation last year in my gym locker room — a place that is supposed to be a bastion of privacy, comfort, sometimes camaraderie — from which I haven’t really recovered. Charles is a jovial sort of guy. He’s in his mid to late 50s. He’s gregarious and extroverted, often seeking […]
For the past 3 years, I’ve been working full-time as a software engineer. This has been a substantial, if not calculated, change for me. I’d been an hardware engineer for longer than I care to think about. Perhaps the biggest, while subtlest difference between the two career paths that I didn’t see coming is this: determinism. I […]
I ran across this little humorous easter egg the other day, buried deeply in a software development kit manual: Simulated Power Fail Test To begin the test, pull the power plug from the UPS. The first time that you do this, psychologically it won’t be easy, but after you have pulled the plug a few […]
I love IDEOne. It’s a fully debuggable online compiler for a bunch of software languages. And there’s no need installing a plugin to format source code correctly on my blog, when this service offers embeddable links. Like this: By the way, this isn’t compiling. Anyone have any pointers? See what I did there? Pointers?
I’m a big fan of Dropbox. I (and the rest of the internet) have been using it in free mode for quite some time. I probably don’t need to tell you what it is. What I particularly love about the cloud is that it kills two birds with one stone: Syncing your files painlessly between […]
I’ve always loved following tech. The emergence of the wearables market has been a fascinating one: a convergence of small form factor, low power, and high performance electronics. In particular, this market really couldn’t have happened without the smartphone industry blazing the trail, since wearables leverage multiple technologies like touch screens, accelerometers, compasses, and wireless interfaces. And […]
“… the world was without form. And it was not good.” For the past 6 months, I’m not entirely sure how we could have survived without Netflix. I’m aware that I tend to overstate many things and this is no exception. But humor me.
There’s a great info-graphic and article on Adecco, concerning the widening gap between available Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) candidates and those job vacancies waiting to be filled. I have much to be thankful for this year. In particular, I have Adecco to thank for placing me at a great, international science-based company — […]
Here’s a great quote by John Bass on an EDN article about function pointers as an implementation of state machine design: Failure complexity is a metric of a design. http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/embedded-basics/4406821/Function-pointers—Part-3–State-machines