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Kirt's Cogitations™ Archive

   Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation.
   Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.

   Note: These articles were originally known as

            Factoids," but the title was changed because

            of the multiple (and sometimes unflattering)

            definition of the word.

These original Kirt's Cogitations™ may be  reproduced (no more than 5, please)  provided proper credit is given to me, Kirt Blattenberger.

 

 

264 - Not Many Know -40°F = -40°C

263 - September 11, 11 Years Later

262 - Rationalizing Pi

261 - RF Cafe at IMS 2011

260 - CFLs - Will They Really Save the Earth?

259 - CQ Engineers & Technicians: QST a Great Resource

258 - How an Electrical Engineer Spends "Vacation"

257 - Refusing to Suffer Fools

256 - The Resistor Cube Equivalent Resistance Solution

255 - Websites - Wayback™ When

254 - "That's One Small Step for Man..."

253 - RF Cafe Visits Beantown

252 - SR3BMUN (NUMB3RS in Reverse)

251 - The New [Smart] Colossus

250 - Zeptoeverything - It's Mine

249 - RF Cafe's Greener Man-Cave

248 - AM/FM Under Siege

247 - The 10,000-Foot View

246 - Nowhere to Hide

245 - Of Free Software

244 - Science in Music

243 - Retiring Your Retirement Plans?

242 - Choose Your Welfare System

241 - You Can't Choose Your Relatives

240 - The Law of Unintended Consequences

239 - Trial by Fire

238 - Too Clever by Half

237 - Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

236 - OpenOffice.org - What's in It for You?

235 - The More Things Change...

234 - FireWire of a Different Sort

233 - Exactly Why Are You Looking for a New Job?

232 - The Stamp of Approval for Science

231 - All Hail the CFL

230 - Windowtalkers™

229 - Tax Freedom Day – An Oxymoron

228 - Not Such A Smooth Operator

227 - A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

226 - WWVB

225 - Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

224 - RF Technology in Autos

223 - Electronic Voting

222 - Engineering °s

221 - RFCafe.EU's Raison d'Être

220 - Expensive Exposure

219 - It Happened When?

218 - What a Difference a Letter (Word) Makes

217 - Hobbyists are Still the Future

216 - Points of Inflection

215 - Disruptive Disruptions

214 - Ignorance is NOT Bliss

213 - U.S. Leads the Nuclear Energy Pack

212 - Rules of Thumb

211 - My Astronaut Days of Yore

210 - Domiciliary Hot Spots

209 - The American Spirit Alive and Well

208 - Tempus Fugit

207 - Splitting Hairs Over Precision

206 - Our Best Days are Before Us

205 - Pure Genius

204 - H1B or RG30M Visas?

203 - WLAN in the Most Unlikely Places

202 - MSI - A Trip Back

201 - Riddle Me This, Riddler

200 - The Good Old Days?

199 - Techno-Speak

198 - Mixed Signals

197 - Secure RFID. Or Not.

196 - Chinese Piracy. Arrrrr....

195 - A Step Back to Today

194 - Is Print Now Passé?

193 - Katrina: The Political Mother of All Storms

192 - When is a Phone Not a Phone?

191 - To RSS, or Not to RSS

190 - Ubiquitous GPS

189 - Caveat Emptor

188 - Researching the State of R&D

187 - Petty Patents

186 - Technopolis c2005

185 - The More Things Change...

184 - Why You Shouldn't Take a Mercury Thermometer in Your Carry-On

183 - The Next Assembly Line Robot - Antifreeze

182 - A Reason to Question Authority

181 - Why Google Won't Be Offering Me a Job

180 - Entertain Me, But Don't Insult Me

179 - RFID Could Save Your Leg...or Kidney, or...

178 - Lorem Ispum, Et Cetera

177 - Thanks for Helping Us Track You

176 - Of Enigma Machines and Windtalkers

175 - One Man's Fast is Another Man's Slow

174 - Voxel Searching

173 - Obliquity of the Equinoxes

172 - Gray Markets

171 - H1B Visas in 2004

170 - Why Dilbert's Tie Curls Up

169 - Online Fraud Toppers

168 - ISO Stands for Nothing - Just Ask Them

167 - Thank a Terrorist

166 - The 1st Professional Human Computer

165 - Big Brother's Big Brother

164 - Ima Cum Laude. Areyoua Cum Laude?

163 - Water for the Naive?

162 - So Quite, You Can Hear a Snowflake Drop

161 - Well, They Say the Mind is the First Thing to Go

160 - Now That's Cold!

159 - Does Your Employer Want You Dead?

158 - Why You Get Bumped

157 - Good Luck

156 - Just an Old жена's Tale

155 - Top 300 Electronics Companies for 2003

154 - Bug Sniffers

153 - Some Really Cool Speakers

152 - Geekdom Ain't so Bad

151 - Look Deep Into My Eyes

150 - Faster than This Speeding Train, Superman?

149 - AWG Math

148 - Hand Me an 8-denarius Nail, Please

147 - Fledgling Pilots

146 - Plastic, Heal Thyself

145 - BSOD on Cellphones

144 - Oh, to Be a Turtle(...and not the Mutant Ninja type, either)

143 - The Mavens of Techno-Speak

142 - Computer Punch Cards Making a Comeback?

141 - One Man's Summer is Another Man's Winter

140 - Congressional Hypocrisy - Synonymous Terms

139 - Magnetoresistance - Fodder for Micro Hard Drives

138 - X-Prize - the Grown-Up's Toy Rocket

137 - Mnemonic for VSWR and Return Loss

136 - The Pre-Plastic Era - Not So Long Ago

135 - H1Bs Filling the Void?

134 - The Origin of "I"

133 - Cockleburs on Your Tennies

132 - Really Big and Really Small

131 - Will White LEDs Dethrone the Incandescent Bulb?

130 - Wi-Fi in Your Cellphone (WiFiFone?)

129 - A Side Order of Insect Filth with Those Fries?

128 - So Near, and Yet So Far

127 - Don't Be a Human Lightning Rod

126 - High Voltage Auto Systems Coming to a Car Near You

125 - C60 - the Buckminsterfullerene

124 - A Cell Phone by Any Other Name...

123 - EE Times 2002 Salary Survey

122 - Insist on Cash When Russia is the Customer

121 - kirts-cogitations-121.htm

120 - The Marvel That is Carbon

119 - These Aren't My Pants

118 - A New Wind Chill Chart

117 - It's Baaaack....

116 - Mathematica - Summa Cum Laude

115 - Entangled Qbits

114 - Lobster Compasses

113 - SETI Wants Your Computer

112 - Cray = Guess

111 - NASA's Got the Time

110 - Green Death

109 - Well, Duh, Reentries Are HOT

108 - The n-Gun Salute

107 - Ctrl+Alt+Del That Varmint

106 - Ping Pong Balls in Space

105 - Dephlogisticating Phlogistons

104 - The NUMB3RS Behind Rock Skipping

103 - Paint Brushes 101

102 - The Origin of the Name "Wall Street"

101 - Project "Butthead Astronomer"

100 - Patents c2003

99 - We Don't Need No Stinking Fab

98 - I've Got Your WMD Right Here

97 - The Bottom Line Trumps Security

96 - Silicon Implants

95 - We're All Freaks... In Our Own Sort of Way

94 - Uncloaking Stealth

93 - Rossum's Universal Robots

92 - New Pick-Up Line: What's Your Erdös Number?

91 - Big Brother's Along for the Ride

90 - 2004 Salary Survey

89 - Microstrip Ice Detectors

88 - The Google Bomb

87 - Chipping Your Ride

86 - Snowflake Shape Predictability

85 - Daylight Savings Time Inanity

84 - Cool Wall Warts

83 - e-Cats

82 - Snowflake Shape Predictability

81 - Oak ID

80 - My Technology (and My Money) Go to China

79 - Nowhere for Nukes to Hide

78 - Cheap GaN

77 - Amazing

76 - Does a "Fair" Coin Really Exist?

75 - Carbon in the News Again

74 - The Doppler Toppler

73 - No Shortage of Oil

72 - The Good Trojan

71 - My Computer IS a Tennis Shoe

70 - The Dumbing Down of America

69 - A Glue that Sticks to Nothing

68 - Bluetooth - Oops, I Just Violated Their Trademark

67 - Lorem Ipsum - Not Really

66 - Daylight Saving Time - Birth of a Burden

65 - pB-Free: The Craze Has Begun

64 - Time Standard of the Dark Ages: The H2O Clock

63 - À la tonalité, le temps sera...

62 - The Twilight Zone - Defined

61 - Early Leakage Currents

60 - Paris Mean Time - Non

59 - Wreck Your Prius? Call in the Hazmat Team

58 - Frozen Smoke

57 - Nowhere to Hide

56 - Galileo vs. GPS & GLONASS

55 - Gold Digging

54 - The 1st Computer Rodent

53 - Bottom Line Trumps Ideology

52 - These Boots Were Made for Charging...

51 - Running Out of IP Addresses

50 - Unbreakable Code?

49 - Jack (and Jacques) Has Become a Dull Boy

48 - Two Squeaky Clean Seals: $200,000. Watching an Orca Eat Them: Priceless

47 - See-Through Semiconductors

46 - Stock Option Envy

45 - Shooting Crooked - On Purpose

44 - Wi-Fi Insecurity

43 - Theirs Choose Ph.Ds, Ours Choose Baseball Caps Worn Backwards and Baggy Pants

42 - Notice to IEEE Insurance Customers

41 - Hmmmm.. Maybe I Should Test This Theory on My Two Cats...

40 - Escalating the Performance of Escalators

39 - Real Plastic Money

38 - Do You Stutter? You're in Good Company

37 - LED Taillights on the Way

36 - Earthshine on the Moon

35 - Hoax Hotline

34 - Microwave Oven Clocks Causing Global Warming

33 - The First Photo

32 - Not This Year

31 - R.H.I.P. (Rank Has It's Price)

30 - Hand Me the Raid

29 - Family-Friendly Wal-Mart

28 - A Better Photodetector

27 - Wow, We're Popular!

26 - No Wonder I Feel Poorer

25 - Terrorist Inerters Needed

24 - Memorial Day Tribute

23 - Not Sure I Like These Odds

22 - Tuning In Your Tennis Shoes

21 - A Cool Concept

20 - We Are Not Alone

19 - Solstice Trivia

18 - Patently Offensive

17 - Electronic Porpoises on the Ocean's Horizon

16 - NAND Seems Logical

15 - We'll Take Him

14 - Better Re-Check Those Numbers

13 - My Mussel Glue Can Beats Your Gorilla Glue

12 - Ala Doc's DeLorean

11 - Allies Not Required

10 - These Are a Serious Set of Speakers

9 - U.S. Losing More Ground in Academia

8 - Falling Through the Earth

7 - Ethernet, Meet Gasnet

6 - Blowing Bubbles at the ISS

5 - Pi Poetry

4 - Farewell and Adieu to Pioneer 10

3 - Piezoelectric Foam

2 - Top 100 R&D Companies for 2002

1 - Untitled Collection

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