Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fix: Unable to open some websites on ADSL internet connection

Unable to open some websites on your ADSL internet connection? I came across this problem when I couldn't open on my BSNL internet connection. This post explains why some websites fail to load on ADSL connections and how to work around the problem.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Syntax highlighting code in Blogger

So far, I've been using the Courier monospace font to show code in my posts on Blogger. Jekyll has better support for syntax highlighting and a static site with Github pages is the "in thing" these days. Let's see how well Prettify works with Blogger for syntax highlighting.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

On building portable Linux binaries

One of the annoying things about Linux is how hard it is to build binaries that work on all reasonably recent distributions of the operating system. Dynamic linking is favored in Linux for a number of reasons. But it puts the burden on the user to make sure that all dependencies are met, and this can quickly lead to what is popularly called "dependency hell".

Saturday, July 5, 2014

NTSC demystified - Color palette demo with simplified progressive and interlace scanning - Part 7

This final post in the NTSC Demystified series demonstrates color NTSC signal generation using a microcontroller. We're going to get Atmega16, an 8-bit microcontroller, to generate color NTSC video signals without using an NTSC color encoder chip like AD725!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Flat Hacker News

Threaded conversations in Hacker News (HN) can be a pain at times. It's easy to lose context as you scroll down a long discussion. Jeff Atwood has written about numerous issues with threaded discussions and suggests limiting the level of replies allowed. So, how do we go about doing that without asking the HN maintainers ?

Update: This latest version of the Flat HN bookmarklet is available here.

TL;DR Edition - Drag this link, Flat/Threaded HN, to your bookmarks. Open a discussion on HN and click on the newly created "Flat/Threaded HN" bookmark.

Deeply threaded dicussion

Sunday, January 26, 2014

On Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)

A large part of circuit design is about making trade-offs between speed, cost, power consumption and so on while meeting some design specification that can often be traced to Signal to Noise ratio (SNR). Yet, possibly for pedagogical reasons, SNR is often under-emphasized in undergraduate classes. Remember those amplifiers you heard/read about years ago ? This post will demonstrate a canonical application of amplifiers and show you how to measure SNR of a signal captured from an Arduino.