Web links issue 18
For your further delight and edification online, E&T highlights here a collection of other web resources, should you wish to research more information about topics raised in issue 18 of E&T magazine.
Semiconductors save energy, says IET President
Ingenious ideas invited
Nobel Prize recognition for fibre-optic pioneer
‘Guiding Light’ - IEE Review’s 1989 interview with Charles Kao
‘CCD Turns 40’ –feature from the August 2009 issue of Engineering & Technology
‘Dielectric fibre surface waveguides for optical frequencies’ – Kao and Hockham’s 1966 IEE Proceedings paper
Mould and mend with self-curing silicone
Past and present of sound engineering
Rebecca Mileham talks to Richard Ranft, head of the British Library Sound Archive
Sound Archive website
Au Clair de la Lune in restored and original ‘trapped bee’ form
Sines of reality
The new thing in software is copying the old. Chris Edwards filters out the bad from the good in synths while Jonathan Wilson finds out how to remake the Fender sound.
New Europe-wide air traffic control system
The Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre in the Netherlands switched over to a new flight data processing system (FDPS) in December. It is the first in a pan-European network of ATC systems designed to cut flying times and boost air traffic capacity, and cut airliners’ fuel emissions and costs and heralds a fundamental and long-overdue change in the way European air traffic is managed
SESAR Joint Undertaking: www.sesarju.eu
Affordable equipment makes telescope control easier
Videoconferencing case study: Guy Welty, manager of global media networks & collaborative services, Grace
WR Grace & Co – better known as just Grace – is a global chemicals and engineering company with operations in many territories and many different industries. Effective communications are essential to its success, and when the company opted for an IP video conferencing solution, its plans certainly did not lack ambition, its manager of global media networks Guy Welty tells Keri Allan.
Security and C language: fix it, don’t nix it
Critics who claim that the decades-old C programming language is inherently insecure; no so, argues Chris Tapp – as with any other software environment, programmers just have to ensure that they use security tools to fix vulnerabilities.
Formal Methods by Stealth: Formal Methods Implemented in the LDRA Tool Suite, M. A. Hennell, and M. R. Woodward http://www.ldra.com/completedownload.asp?id=291
‘The Development of C Language’
Basics of C
C language tutorial
When hand-built is cooler
In a production-line world, what room is left for hand-wired audio amplifiers? Plenty, given guitarists’ fondness for ‘authenticity’, reports Jonathan Wilson.
A sound move
Juan Pablo Conti reflects on how the arrival of the MP3 player also signalled the rise of contract manufacturing in the consumer electronics industry
Speech processing research increases intelligibility
Intelligible speech is vital in emergency situations and when it is being used as evidence in a legal case. This feature looks at the work of CLEAR, a collaboration between signal processing and speech sciences, that is trying to find better ways to retrieve speech from noisy environments.
France’s communications landscapes
France's communications industry is driven by a host of companies, such as Thales Alenia Space, Alcatel Lucent, France Telecom, Vivendi, and SFR which have, with a carefully thought-out regulatory environment, helped create a rapidly evolving set of consumer services.
A future through adventure
Tired of the recession and juggling figures and business plans? All managers eventually need to find ways of motivating themselves. Entrepreneur and psychologist Steve Carter suggests going on a desert escapade.
Beyond Boundaries, via Apter International: