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Blog Archive: July 2017

Throatless Rocket Engines

I know it sounds like Buckaroo Bonzai, but I have a soft spot for people on a mission. The folks at a new type of rocket engine. It's "throatless". I'm going to say this means that if it can be made to work (where work = not melt down or blow up) it could mean that a normal machine shop could be building rocket engines capable of putting

Generating RF signals with your VGA card

This enterprising young man was able to generate RF signals a VGA card. Thought that was a pretty neat trick and made me think of some other possible uses. After all, it's just a high speed bit

Very small, fast X86 C compile

Some of my embedded work is on X86 (believe it or not). The "tcc" compiler is very, very small and very very fast. At 140k it can fit on small CF file systems. And with the "-run" option it makes C into a scripting language. It's an impressive piece of work, capable of compiling the linux