ECN’s 14 Best Engineering Shows on Netflix

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Your Netflix might have some hidden gems buried inside of the growing list of streaming TV shows. It is probably well-known that Mythbusters is available on Netflix, but did you know about these 13 other shows? Not only does this list contain shows like Modern Marvels, there are also a couple of stream-able movies like the  Andromeda Strain. Which, for me, was the first non-Star Trek or Star Wars Sci-Fi I remember watching.  Which is interesting, because it is directed by Robert Wise, the director of the first Star Trek movie.

Anyway, the ECN Engineering Show list is pretty good and should have at least a few shows to add to your Netflix queue.

Question: Check it out and let me know what other engineering/technology shows you like available on streaming media. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

If you like this list, you might also like this post on the 5 Engineering Podcasts worth subscribing to.

The most well-known Olympic-Class ship is the famous Titanic. While known for his maiden voyage’s epic fail, the Olympic-class ships were amazing feats of engineering. Bill Hammock breaks down the engineering and construction of the RMS Olympic, the first of the class.

Hammock is one of the Author’s of Eight Amazing Engineering Stories, which I already reviewed here. He gives his usual excellent treatment on a subject. I included his Podcast/Video series on my 5 Electrical Engineering Podcasts you should subscribe.

I’m always amazed to learn more about these grand ships and his video doesn’t disappoint. The information comes from his university’s library, which now houses the 1909 to 1911 edition of the London-based journal, The Engineer.

5 (Electrical) Engineering Podcasts You Should Subscribe

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Podcasts are an amazing way to extend your knowledge in any subject. This (generally) free content is updated often, comes in a variety of formats, and covers nearly every subject.

Your definition of Podcast might vary from mine. So for this list it means: content regularly produced with the intention of informing on a particular subject which is available either as audio, video, and ideally a RSS feed.

Keep reading to see the different electrical engineering podcasts I listen to.

In the mood for some retro game music?  Check out D Wave’s YouTube Channel for a fresh take on some retro game tunes.  The PacMan melody is good.  You might also like his take on the SMB Theme.

Help Adafruit test their #RaspberryPi Bootstrap

Adafruit's Blog
23-JAN-2015

When you first get started with a Raspberry Pi, there are a number of operating system images already available.  The one most people start with is Raspbian, which is based on Debian Linux.

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Adafruit created a fork of Raspbian which they called Occidentalis.  Their aim, of course, was for hardware hacking with the Pi.  Included are some patches that help make accessing the breakout pins easier.

Their latest project is the Adafruit Pi Finder, which makes it easier to configure a Pi over a network.  Check out the details on Adafruit’s blog.

In this “Will It Blend?” Tom takes on neodymium magnet balls.  This is a fun one to watch because the balls spark up while flying around.  Some really good slow motion replay work here.

If you aren’t familiar with “Will It Blend”, it is a video series presented by the blender maker Blendtec.  Tom Dickson attempts to bend various items.  Not only the star of the clips, Tom is also the Founder of Blendtec.  You can find all their videos at willitblend.com.

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Karl and Corey run The Spark Gap Podcast which is focused on embedded electronics. On Episode 25 they interview me about Capacitors. We covered all the major types of caps, plus some application bits. Check out their show notes for an impressive array of links on the subject.

Also, my favorite episode of theirs so far is episode 18.  The guys talk about different serial protocols like SPI, I2C, CAN, etc.  Really good stuff.

Date: January 28, 2015
Appearance: Capacitor Questions Answered on The Spark Gap Podcast
Outlet: The Spark Gap Podcast
Format: Podcast

iCircuit’s circuit simulation goes from iOS to Desktop

When it comes to schematic capture and circuit simulation on a mobile device, iCircuit for iOS got it right from the start. iCloud integration, intuitive touch controls, and fast application performance. Now (or Finally?), iCircuit is available for OS X.

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iCircuit is based on the Falstad Circuit Simulator, which sadly, is a Java-based web app. For years I’ve installed the App on my iPhone and iPad almost immediately after turning on iCloud [for Android users, that’s basically the first step of activating an iOS device].

DIY Active Differential Probe Project

Daniel Kramnik Project Blog
2014-09-28
Active Probe Setup (via xellers)

Active Probe Setup (via xellers)

Back when I worked for an Oscilloscope company, we were pretty proud of our differential probes.  Even the “low-bandwidth” probes were still around 1GHz of bandwidth.

Daniel Kramnik built an active differential probe and looks like he is seeing about 400MHz usable bandwidth.  And really, it looks relatively flat.  Not bad for a DIY effort.  I’m impressed.

Pretty amazing to think about the possibility of building your own (active) scope probes.

Read his full writeup.

HPDisk – GPIB Disk Emulator

Gustafsson Anders

Popular on eBay are old test equipment like Spectrum Analyzers, Oscilloscopes, and Multimeters. HPDisk by Gustafsson Anders creates a virtual GPIB interface that stores data to a SD-Card.This is done by emulating a special HP disk drive, that some HP instruments know how to write to when connected. (As Anders points out, this is not emulating a built-in floppy drive.)

Keep reading if you aren’t familiar with GPIB.

What’s GPIB?

Long before USB became the standard I/O interface in the computing world, bench-top instruments used HPIB. This was the “HP Interface Bus” used by Hewlett-Packard in the early days of their test equipment. It enabled instruments to share data and be automated by “desktop computers”.

Eventually HPIB evolved into GPIB and the IEEE-488 standard was created. Until about 2000, most instruments supported a true GPIB/IEEE488 hardware connector. Slowly that evolved into USB-based virtual connectors (like a virtual serial port).