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Content posted in September 2011
Interface Chip Simplifies Time-Frequency Measurements
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9/26/2011  1 comment
This Universal Sensors and Transducers Interface (USTI) integrated circuit provides 29 measuring modes, as well as digital sensors that operate in the time-and-frequency domains.
Damn the Error Codes
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9/20/2011  14 comments
Service manuals often give incomplete error or malfunction information and fail to include information on fixing the problem.
Now You Know What Rime Ice Is
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9/14/2011  10 comments
A new sensor uses the optical properties of ice to detect when it builds up on refrigerator coils.
My Mercury Wiring Harness Nightmare
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9/13/2011  8 comments
When I attempted to replace a power-window motor on my '96 Mercury I uncovered an amazing nest of wires that controls windows, door locks, and mirror positions.
Can You Test & Measure With an MCU?
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9/6/2011  5 comments
The Arduino Uno module provides an easy way to learn about microcontrollers.




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