I decided to get a netbook recently, and after much searching and waiting it’s here!
I made life difficult for myself by specifying a tricky combination of 10.1″ screen with HD (something x 768) resolution. That’s pretty tricky as it turns out! I also wanted a big battery, 2GB RAM and a fairly rugged construction. But as it turned out, the only 10.1″ HD device I could find was the [HP mini 5102](http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/sm/WF05a/321957-321957-64295-3955550-3955550-4094022.html).
I had to wait a while, but it’s here now, so how is it…
Last night I was woken up at midnight by the bleeping noise from downstairs. I blearily wandered down in search of it…
Much of an electronic engineer’s life is spent in front of a screen. And much of that time is creating and debugging designs using some textual format or other. Arguably, even humble [Excel](http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/excel/default.aspx) falls into that category of “tools”. At some point many electronic designers will end up performing schematic capture and maybe PCB layout – but much of the **design** is already done by then.
So, what languages are used?
When building a large FPGA design, there comes a point when you have to decide where to put the dividing lines between modules. Deciding where to draw the boundaries is a bit of an art.
If you’re a professional (or even proficient amateur) musician, you practise your scales, and other exercises daily. This keeps your muscle-memory alive for the basics of how they will move when playing pieces of real music.
What’s the equivalent for engineers?
This site contains my ramblings on a variety of subjects. No doubt much of it will relate to the design of electronics, especially [FPGA](/taxonomy/term/1)s. There’ll likely be some [music](/taxonomy/term/3) related items and some mention of Linux also.
You can read a bit about me and engineering in my [interview with EEWeb].(http://www.eeweb.com/spotlight/interview-with-martin-thompson)
You can [contact me by email](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) if you like.
At primary school, I learned to play recorder (along with most of my generation). I learned by descant and treble recorders, which have slightly different fingerings (or rather the same fingering produces a note which is a fifth higher on one than the other). This stood me in good stead for the clarinet, which I picked up at secondary school – this usees treble recorder type fingering in the “lower register” and descant type fingering in the “upper register”. There’s a few weirdo fingerings in between (sometimes called the “middle register”), but they weren’t hard to pick up. After that I got a tenor saxophone, which made great noises, but was way too loud to practice in the house! So now I play a wind controller…
A couple of times recently, I’ve found myself staring at VHDL code that starts thus:
and had to explain to the author that this is wrong. Yes, using an IEEE-library is *wrong*… how can this be?