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Tech Jokes

A woman asks her husband, a programmer, to go shopping.
Wife: "Dear, please, go to the grocery store to buy some bread. Also, if they have eggs, buy 6."
Husband: "O.K., hun."
Half hour later the husband comes back bringing 6 loaves of bread. His wife is flabbergasted.
Wife: "Dear, why on earth did you buy 6 loaves of bread?"
Husband: "They had eggs."

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Astrophotography
A Barn Door Tracker for AstroPhotography
 
A barn door tracker is a device that slowly rotates a camera, allowing it to track the stars so it can take long exposure photographs of the night sky. 
  
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The WORKBENCH CHALLENGE 2015 Redux!

The challenge is well underway. Challengers are already lining up for a shot at one of the great prizes, plus the inevitable fame and notoriety that goes with winning a national competition. If you haven't already done it, get the details and send in your entry. It may not be Publisher's Clearing House, but hey, your chances of winning are significantly better!

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NAND gate IC
Understanding Digital Buffer, Gate, and Logic IC Circuits - Part 3
 
This time, we'll expand on the basic theme and tackle some practical digital NAND gate and OR gate logic ICs.
 
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X2 AC Pro AC/DC dual port charger/discharger
Get Charged with HITEC!

Our X2 AC Pro AC/DC dual port charger/discharger delivers 200 watts of total power in AC mode, and up to 300 watts total output in DC! Its versatile power distribution mode lets you optimize the output in AC mode for maximum charge efficiency.

Equipped with a built-in heavy duty 60W soldering iron with adjustable operating temperatures from 400 to 840˚F (200-450˚C
), this charger makes a convenient and handy tool to have at the field as well as at home!
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Sweep Generator
Construction of a Low Budget 180 MHz RF Sweep Generator
Your bench could be sporting a unit like this for around $75 in parts... plus your labor, of course.
 
Sweep generators have a lot of uses in the design, prototyping, and troubleshooting of amplifiers, filters, and radio circuitry. They can greatly speed up these tasks by presenting many parameters at one time.

Smileys Workshop 18
Smiley's Workshop 18 - Graphical User Interfaces
Serial Communications - Part 1
 
Take a deeper look into communications between a microcontroller and a PC. Learn about the virtual serial port used in the Arduino and a bit about writing programs on the PC using the free Microsoft C# and Visual Basic Express .NET applications. 

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Build you own electronics workshop 
Book Pick Of The Week
From the Nuts & Volts Webstore
 
Build Your Own Electronics Workshop
Everything you need to put together a fully functioning home electronics workshop.

From finding space to stocking it with components to putting the shop into action - building, testing, and troubleshooting systems.

(Here's a thought...You could buy this book, put together an awesome workbench, enter the Workbench Challenge and win! It could happen! It would be almost like getting the book for FREE!)

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  • Find the right spot for your workshop, even in crowded apartments
  • Select needed tools and equipment, from money-saving listed sources
  • Learn soldering from the ground up
  • Master circuit board and wiring techniques
  • Conquer electronics troubleshooting and testing methods
  • Build many of the pieces of equipment you need yourself, if you choose
  • Discover the possibilities of circuit board design and CAD/CAM software 
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