The list of World Wide Web sites devoted to standards continues to grow. The American Na-tional Standards Institute has added a Standards Alert Service to its NSSN Enhanced pages. The service provides updates on what standards around the globe are being initiated, reviewed, or approved. Meanwhile, the Society of Automotive Engineers has introduced the SAE Auto-motive Electronics Database on the Internet. It covers thousands of standards and specifications. You can get more details, including a freeworking model, by browsing http://www.sae.org/electronics. Another new web site at quality resources.com offers a long list of quality-related titles, in-cluding training manuals for the ISO 9000, QS 9000, and ISO 14000 series of quality management standards. The U.S. Department of Energy's Technical Standards Program now has a homepage at http://apollo.osti.gov/html/techstds.html. More than 70 additional ad-dresses related to standards are in the second edition of "Most Popular Web Sites," a 1,074-page book recently published by Lycos Press of Indianapolis, IN.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
Kaspersky Labs indicated at its February meeting that cyber attacks are far more sophisticated than previous thought. It turns out even air-gapping (disconnecting computers from the Internet to protect against cyber intrusion) isn’t a foolproof way to avoid getting hacked. And Kaspersky implied the NSA is the smartest attacker.
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