Space and tennis collide in Roland Garros

30 years ago, on May 28, 1983, in the middle of a tennis match between John McEnroe and Drew Gitlin, the public suddenly started to applaud with no apparent reason. The first US space shuttle, Enterprise, was flying over the Roland Garros stadium during an in-flight demonstration for the Bourget air show. Even McEnroe did… Read More

A Great Sword is better than cosplay

Sometimes in cosplay (costumed play), you will use a beautiful two-handed sword. Butit will most probably be built from light and soft material in order to limit the risk of useless accidents. Forget all that and move to real middle-aged battle league: Use a two-handed Great Sword made of true good steel. To be sure… Read More

Free electron

The other day, I was talking with Frank about exceptional software programmers able to influence notably a whole company by their own activity or impossibly better than the rest of the programming crowd. This person is the one you need to hire when you have an exceptional entrepreneurial project or the one you want to… Read More

1 year ago, BP should have had this computer

As a matter of fact, many years ago, Texas Instruments was proud of the computation power of its portable calculators explaining how easy it was to check whether or not there was a risk of explosion from over-pressure in an oil rig. Precisely one year ago, BP should have followed this excellent advice and checked… Read More

Reliability of lead-free soldering

For those of you who asked for more details about the reliability of lead-free soldering (see the end of my previous titled “Manufacturing of electronic boards“, I have found an interesting and useful analysis from Numonyx (now Micron Semiconductors). Lead-free and leaded package soldering compatibility – Backward and forward compatibility This white paper explores the… Read More