Archive for April, 2011

You reap what you sow :-”

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

US export regulations

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Going to play around with a Coolrunner-II CPLD so I thought it would be a good idea to get Xilinx’ free ISE WebPACK. Guess what, that was a bad idea. The US wants my home address and phone number:

US export regulations require that your First Name, Last Name, Company Name and Shipping Address be verified before Xilinx can fulfill your request. Please provide accurate and complete information for immediate processing. Sorry, addresses with Post Office Boxes and names/addresses with Non-Roman Characters with accents such as grave, tilde or colon are not supported by US export compliance systems.

Fucking nazis…. No way I’ll give them the requested info. Hell they already monitor my bank transactions (do they really think any half decent terrorist uses the ‘system’ and risk a big fat red flag behind their name!?). Filling in bogus info does the trick just fine ;)

On a related matter, Mouser does not sell Xilinx products. Looks like an alternative CPLD is needed for any future development.

OV Chipkaart wiki forced offline by TLS

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

TLS (that incompetent company behind the OV-chipkaart) send lawyers after the owner of ovchipkaart.org. He didn’t feel like putting up a fight, so the information was taken offline. A real shame because the site offered good information on the contents of the OV Chipkaart. Offcourse with the proper knowlegde one can hack the card, but it was intended for educational purposes. Some I fully support, so here’s a link to a mirror. If by any chance that one goes down as well, let me know and I’ll put a copy online ;)

IFPI lobbyist in charge of EU’s copyright policy

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Read and weep: original article

Wtf, is this even legal?!

Oh crap…TI acquires National Semiconductor

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Another mega company and less market competition, meaning we as developers are going to get screwed anytime now… bah!

Btw, the mail they send contained some pretty ‘funny’ lines:

I want to reinforce TI’s commitment to you, our customer, ¬†as we merge our two companies.

Sure, keep believing that. Your commitment is to your own financial benefit, or you wouldn’t have merged in the first place. You know it, we know it, so just be honest and say management is greedy. Just stop feeding us this corporate bullshit.

National’s 12,000 ¬†products plus TI’s 30,000 means more performance, power and packaging options when selecting the right ICs for your application.

Euhm how does that chance anything? By simply adding the other’s productline to your own does not magically bring new more powerful products into existence. Would be a neat trick though.

Our combined sales and applications team of 2,500 will be larger than any in the industry so we can provide more customers with greater face-to-face support than ever before.

HAHAHAHAHA, in which parallel universe!? Give me 1 example of a big company getting even bigger where customer experience an actual improvement.

TI’s fabs and National’s available capacity can enable higher production levels.

Again, how does this acquisition increase something? You could move products from one productionline to one at another facility, but that will not increase you production level. Also I must point out that I love the EvalBot stunt they pulled, but it took 3 months to be produced. Suffice it to say I have my doubts when it comes to production levels (this is not a TI/National specific issue, just head over to Mouser, Digikey, etc and look at some of the lead times)

Ok, enough for today ;)

Lots-o-markers

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Lots-o-markers (sorry no fancy visual thing… can’t insert a map in WordPress?)

Just a 5 minute experiment to see what our public transport peeps have been up to. Seems they opened up their data through an XML based API. Besides it’s a good excuse to take a quick look at Google Maps’ API.