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We worked with ad agencies in New York to understand the flow of money and content in the advertising industry and developed one of the first server-based approaches to online advertising.”

My older Toshiba has these issues, with a hot GPU and hot CPU, coupled with no cell-balancing. This means that in a way it’s a ticking bomb, I suppose. What are your experiences with this issue?

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MADISON, Wis. — Am I the only one scratching my head over this newborn love among makers,” board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me most is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.

OK, there are a few random facts I’ve picked up in the past few months. First, chip suppliers today are going out of their way to help out non-engineering professionals in pursuit of DIY projects, or those who say they are.

To cater to this crowd, it isn’t enough just to give them traditional reference design. Freescale Semiconductor, for one, hopes to mine the crowd, despite an absence of hardware design expertise. It possesses some specific domain knowledge that might project it as the source of the next hot wearable device.


Freescale earlier this year launched a new reference design called WaRP. Freescale is adding to its platform a broad range of wearable building blocks (sensors, software, connectivity, etc.) from which makers can pick and choose what they need to scale up or scale down the device.

Marvell recently announced Kinoma Create. In pursuit of Web designers, software developers, and non-engineering professionals with no prior experience in designing a system, Marvell designed Kinoma Create, a JavaScript-powered maker kit for prototyping consumer electronics and IoT devices. Peter Hoddie, Marvell’s Kinoma vice president, described the kit as much more complete than what a single-board computer can offer.”


It comes with a case to make it portable, a battery to make it mobile, adjustable legs to reorient it, and an integrated breadboard for adding sensors — no soldering iron needed,” he said. But the beauty part (they say) is that users can integrate all the necessary elements with the higher-level JavaScript software.

Allwinner in China seemed delighted when pcDuino picked Allwinner’s apps processor as the brain for its motherboard. All the hard work needed to make a variety of Arduino hardware — developed by the open-source hardware community — pluggable to pcDuino has been carried out by the pcDuino community, not Allwinner. pcDuino, with no help from Allwinner, is enabling makers to design everything from a new smoke detector (which sends a message to your smartphone to change batteries, instead of making annoying beeping sounds in the middle of the night) to virtual desktops.

A recent Boston Globe article noted that Downtown Boston, usually inhabited by law firms, advertising firms, and insurance companies, is now becoming home to new technology startups. That’s also happened in rival New York City. Other cities such as San Francisco are seeing similar things happening.

The Boston Globe article notes that there have recently been more technology companies starting in Boston proper than in Cambridge. The author cites public transportation in the city center as a major reason. The people at these startups tend to be young. They want to live in the city, and few own cars.

There’s a significant difference between the startups of years ago and those of today: hardware versus software. Today’s tech startups are mostly in the business of developing web apps or mobile apps, as opposed to designing circuits and systems. They don’t need manufacturing facilities in the suburbs the way previous generations did. The previous generations developed and built the infrastructure that these supposedly cool apps need, not only to run, but also to transfer their data. Boston has become a database hub. Would you call that technology?

While most of the people working at these startups need only a wireless connection and a laptop, there are exceptions. One such exception is Saleae, a company making logic analyzers in San Francisco. I spoke with founders Mark and Joe Garrison the other day about their products. When I learned they were in San Francisco rather than Silicon Valley, I had to ask about that.

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