Author Archives: Bill

Build your own computer-stabilized flying UAV/RPV drone platform

What distinguishes a radio-controlled  aircraft from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (or “drone”) is the presence of an on-board computer (the Auto-Pilot Module, or APM) capable of flying the vehicle with or without direct control of a person. I’ve been following … Continue reading

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In-car apps; who’s responsible when something goes wrong? – UPDATED

Next year, you’ll be able to update your car with your favourite “mobile” applications in-car (Forbes, Smart-Car Wars).   Once car makers start mixing their code with 3rd party developers, who is responsible when something goes wrong?   It may be … Continue reading

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“Simply Unsustainable” – To the tune of “Simply Irresistible”

Dedicated to wayyy too many start-ups, founders, and politicians (music video): How can it be permissible.. It’s compromise my principles, yeah yeah That kind of love is mythical.. It’s anything but typical It’s a craze you’d endorse, it’s a powerful … Continue reading

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Director of Firmware Development at DVI

Director of firmware development was my position at an ambitious start-up seeking to redefine the storage industry.  The underlying storage technology seemed capable of leapfrogging magnetic drive densities by at least a decade (including HAMR drives).   I was hired to … Continue reading

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90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Working communications for the 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) made for a long day.   Arriving at 3AM to set-up, and finishing after 8PM, it proved taxing and rewarding.   The race was delayed 37 days due … Continue reading

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Quicksilver Radio

After deploying for the Springer fire, arson investigation, and the Waldo Canyon fires, I have a few days to get ready for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (delayed due to fire).    Getting up on the mountain at 3AM, and … Continue reading

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Arduino Iambic Keyer and Side Tone Generator

The latest issue of QEX (March/April) came this week with an article about an open-source keyer (pages 25-31).   This article referenced an earlier QEX article from Sept/Oct 2009 using an Arduino.    Since I have a Bencher paddle lying around, but … Continue reading

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How-To Configure the Xilinx FPGA Design Suite 13.3 Under RHEL/CentOS 6.x & Fedora 15

Initial Install The Xilinx Integrated Software Environment (ISE) 13.3 is the first version that is supported by Xilinx to run under RHEL/CentOS 6.x.   We’ll now step through how-to configure the Xilinx FPGA design suite. If you have purchased a Xilinx … Continue reading

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Shred Baby Shred!

I was happily shredding some documents the other day when suddenly my Fellowes POWERSHRED 420HS ground to a halt.    This DOD approved high-security shredder has been serving me well for almost a decade: It creates indecipherable chaff (shred baby food): … Continue reading

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I bought my wife an Android, and now she has Tourette’s

’nuff said..

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