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posted in September 2011

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The Case of the Mysterious Computer Resets
Sherlock Ohms 
9/30/2011  3 comments
Computers were resetting themselves for no apparent reason. For no reason, that is, until Sherlock Ohms looked into the matter.
Is Your Freaky Gadget Worth $500?
Gadget Freak 
9/30/2011  5 comments
Send us your gadget and become an official Design News Gadget Freak.
Gadget Freak Case #195: Nifty Master/Slave Green Power Switch
Gadget Freak 
9/29/2011  7 comments
This green gadget allows the user to turn speaker systems on and off with a TV or laptop computer. It can also be used to turn on lamps and other electric appliances.
The Case of the Failing Bus Transmissions
Sherlock Ohms 
9/29/2011  11 comments
Electric bus transmissions were failing in the field. Sherlock Ohms had to track down the problem.
Should Design Engineers Run Environmental Compliance?
Lead-Free Zone 
9/28/2011  11 comments
With the constant changes in environmental compliance, design engineers need support.
Balluff Offers Distributed Modular I/O for Industrial Ethernet
Product News 
9/28/2011  2 comments
Balluff has introduced a new generation of distributed modular I/O for industrial Ethernet.
Troubles With the Ford Taurus SHO
Made by Monkeys 
9/27/2011  19 comments
Watch out for the Ford Taurus SHO. Its weird engine means big troubles.
Another Case of a Buried Electrical Box
Sherlock Ohms 
9/27/2011  4 comments
How do you find electrical materials buried in a wall? You get as inventive as Sherlock Ohms.
The Case of the Ridiculous Fatigue Calculations
Sherlock Ohms 
9/23/2011  9 comments
In the process of taking fatigue calculations, the data came in sky high at some points and zero at others.
The Case of the Semi-Proficient Measurement
Sherlock Ohms 
9/22/2011  6 comments
Sometimes old equipment is just right -- other times, it's just too old.
The Monkeys Are All Over the LG Refrigerator
Made by Monkeys 
9/21/2011  14 comments
The LG deluxe refrigerator is anything but deluxe with it comes to design.
The Dump Trailer Won't Dump
Made by Monkeys 
9/20/2011  13 comments
What happens when your dump trailer won't dump? Such a simple function, and so hard to find.
The Case of the Unexpected FM Transmitter Turnoff
Sherlock Ohms 
9/19/2011  2 comments
When a new transmitter was installed, the radio station kept going off the air. Time to bring in Sherlock.
At Wit's End With the Kenmore Microwave
Made by Monkeys 
9/19/2011  20 comments
We bought this Kenmore microwave for "ease of use." What a laugh.
Electronics Group Resisting Calif. Energy Regulations
Green Scene 
9/19/2011  22 comments
The CEA pounds California policymakers for proposing new regulations while the electronics industry is reporting gains in energy efficiency.
Ethernet Unmanaged Switches Expand Fiber Options
Product News 
9/16/2011  Post a comment
Automation Direct releases ethernet switches that offer a number of connection capabilities and temperature ranges.
Comment:What a photo - Rob Spiegel-9/15/2011
The Case of the Intermittent Shutdown Glitch
Sherlock Ohms 
9/15/2011  5 comments
Engineers encountered an intermittent issue where one engine in a rail car would shut down for over speed during the start cycle.
Gadget Freak Case #194: Fluffing Up Model Lighting
Gadget Freak 
9/15/2011  7 comments
William Grill created an inexpensive controller to customize the lighting for a model or simulator.
Let’s Hear About Your Sherlock Heroics
Sherlock Ohms 
9/14/2011  1 comment
Tell us about your Sherlock moment, the time you solved a true engineering mystery -- or at least solved a problem.
Monkeys Only Mess With New Appliances
Made by Monkeys 
9/13/2011  15 comments
One after another -- from washers to dishwashers -- it's the new appliances that fail.
Case of Shocking Countertop Could Be Electrocution Hazard
Sherlock Ohms 
9/13/2011  7 comments
Dennis Darling explains there is more to the Shocking Countertop story. Shocks call for deep investigation.
Give Me Back My Timex
Made by Monkeys 
9/9/2011  21 comments
This consumer bought an expensive watch to replace a Timex. Big mistake.
Fatal Accident in Face of 'All Clear' Call
Sherlock Ohms 
9/8/2011  15 comments
After a fatal accident at an intermodal facility, an investigator was called in to find the cause of the accident.
My 1973 Plymouth Scamp Shorts to Death
Made by Monkeys 
9/7/2011  20 comments
This driver decided to try an American car after owning many imported cars. The Dodge Duster was quite a lesson in quality.
The Case of the Way-Too-Hot Power Supply Unit
Sherlock Ohms 
9/6/2011  9 comments
The design of the power supply unit for VoIP phones created way too much heat. With few dollars to spare, a cooling fix was needed.
The Case of the Shocking Bathroom Countertop
Sherlock Ohms 
9/2/2011  24 comments
The bathroom countertop was shocking. Was it the electric toothbrush or something more unusual?
Gadget Freak Case #193: The Gadget Let the Dog Out
Gadget Freak 
9/1/2011  9 comments
Les Kelly first showed off his gadget skills in Gadget Freak Case #178, where he created a device that let his dog out of a crate remotely. Now Les has taken the show outdoors with his Easy/Out! remote trigger.
Audi Concept Car Had One Minor Flaw
Made by Monkeys 
9/1/2011  8 comments
The Audi TT is a cool car, but its glove box lever is anything but cool.


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