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.

News

Semiconductors save energy, says IET President

http://tv.theiet.org/technology/electronics/2080.cfm

Ingenious ideas invited

www.raeng.org.uk/ingenious

Nobel Prize recognition for fibre-optic pioneer

‘Guiding Light’ - IEE Review’s 1989 interview with Charles Kao

http://kn.theiet.org/news/oct09/guiding-light.cfm

‘CCD Turns 40’ –feature from the August 2009 issue of Engineering & Technology

http://kn.theiet.org/magazine/issues/0914/ccd-turns-40-0914.cfm

‘Dielectric fibre surface waveguides for optical frequencies’ – Kao and Hockham’s 1966 IEE Proceedings paper

http://kn.theiet.org/news/oct09/iee-proceedings-66-kao.cfm

Mould and mend with self-curing silicone

www.sugru.com

Past and present of sound engineering

Rebecca Mileham talks to Richard Ranft, head of the British Library Sound Archive

Sound Archive website

http://sounds.bl.uk/

Au Clair de la Lune in restored and original ‘trapped bee’ form

www.firstsounds.org/sounds/

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.

http://www.ikmultimedia.com/fender/features/

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 

ARINC: www.arinc.com/

Eurocontrol: www.eurocontrol.int

FAA: www.faa.gov

Indra: www.indra.es

SESAR Joint Undertaking: www.sesarju.eu

SITA: www.sita.aero

Affordable Astronomy

Affordable equipment makes telescope control easier

www.airdrieobservatory.com/

www.fedastro.org.uk/fas/

http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~portwin/ASTRA/astra_info.html

www.croydonastro.org.uk/

http://sirpatrickmoore.com/

www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/skyatnight/

www.ras.org.uk/

www.telescopesales.co.uk/

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.

www.grace.com

www.masergy.com

www.masergy.com/theMasergyExperience_WhitePapers.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._R._Grace_and_Company

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.

https://www.securecoding.cert.org/confluence/display/seccode/CERT+C+Secure+Coding+Standard;jsessionid=F7BEAC32AC531A5DDA963BF600A17389

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’

http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/chist.html

Videos:

Basics of C

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i4igpztwts

C language tutorial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLoJQkRijHw

C programming

http://www.expotv.com/videos/reviews/4/54/CProgrammingLanguage/28823

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.

Vox

http://www.voxamps.com/uk/heritagecollection/

Marshall

http://www.marshallamps.com/product_range.asp?productRangeId=3

Fender

http://www.fender.com/souloftone/

Weber

http://www.tedweber.com/

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkman

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MiniDisc

http://www.apple.com/uk/itunes/

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:

www.apterinternational.com

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