So You Want To Be An Electrical Engineer …

In my spare time, when I’m not working on this site, I work as an Electrical Engineer at a somewhat major semiconductor manufacturer. I’ve been at the company for 11 years - - - ever since I graduated from college. For those heading to or in college contemplating Electrical Engineering as a career, I suggest looking for an alternate career path. If you have the aptitude to succeed in engineering then you most certainly will make as a doctor.

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Why Is Adafruit So Damn Expensive

Adafruit is an online store synonymous with the word “maker”. They sell electronic parts and kits to “make” gadgets that in most cases you can buy fully built. For example their MintyBoost is a $20 AA to USB charger you “make” yourself and it doesn’t work on all phones. However for $5, You can buy an already-assembled similar gadget on Ebay (screenshot). Another example is this WiFi adapter designed to work with Linux systems like the Raspberry Pi and the BeagleBone Black.

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A Semi-Literate Techie and Netflix VPN Blocking

Netflix recently started blocking VPNs and proxies because content owners and broadcasters were unhappy because users were watching content available in other countries instead of paying extra to watch it in their own country. So what would someone who has access to and is technical enough to figure out how to use a VPN or proxy to bypass geolocation checks? Of course they would use the samve VPN or proxy to illegally obtain that content.

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Selling Out To The Man: Amazon Reviews For Free Products

From time to time I get emails from Amazon sellers offering to send me some product to try out and “review” and also keep. Essentially the seller giving me the product is payment for the review - Amazon doesn’t allow sellers to compensate users with money for reviewing their product so the product is the compensation. Implied but not mentioned is that product is payola for a positive review. I usually ignore the emails, but I got one a few days ago and I decided to reply just to see would happen.

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Hugo For The Semi Literate Techie

I am a semi-literate techie. I deal with hardware in my day job and software is a hobby I do on the side. So while I can hack code and generally come up with a solution to my problem, I can’t whip up a site like Gmail or Stackoverflow over a weekend. I had my original blog on Blogger and I decided to try out Hugo after I had concerns about Google long term plans for Blogger.

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