#190 – Let’s Hear It For The Buoys – Vanishing Vessel Vexation




Thanks to Mike Baird for the picture of the buoy.


  1. Dean Richardson says

    Hi Guys
    With regard Evernote, — Great app! Highly recommended! I encourage you to check it out. I’ve been using it for several years, both as an independent technical consultant and in my new engineering job. It is cross platform, with strong search capability and a very useful tag facility. It runs on my Mac, Windows, Android and iOS devices, so my notes are always at hand, regardless of the device I am using.

    I use daily notes to track hours in my “timesheet” notebook (in place of a paper journal)… this used to drive my invoicing as a consultant. I use the tag feature to record the name of key contacts on the daily timesheet note — over time, as the notes grew, I had a complete record of discussions with key individuals merely by searching on the corresponding tag.

    I also used tags to capture items that were “data sheets” or “app notes”, from vendors with tag like “TI”, “Analog Devices”, etc. These get filed in my “Materials and Devices” notebook. The web clipper feature will capture magazine articles, full pdf files, or web pages with equal ease.

    Finally, here is one that will work with DaveCAD… Evernote works with (ARM device based) electronic pens (mine is the Echo) from a company named LiveScribe. The pen writes normally, transferring ink to paper… However, you write on special paper that you can print or which is supplied by the vendor in various from factors (including quad-ruled, my favorite!). The text is captured as you write and can be imported directly as pdf files into your Evernote notebook, where it can be tagged, etc for later retrieval.

    Like I said, this is a critical part of my daily workflow. Recommended!

  2. says

    If Evernote doesn’t do everything you need, there’s always OneNote. I know, I know, it’s a Microsoft product. BUT there’s free versions abundant for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 7/8, Mac, etc. If your platform isn’t supported then there’s always the web app.

    I’ve found it incredibly useful back in college and continuing to find it very useful in my career. It makes it dead simple to keep accurate and meaningful notes organized when working with various projects. I highly recommend it.


  3. says

    In general, what’s the difference between a bare metal toolchain and one that installs with the chip vendors’ software? Ex. TI code composer for DSPs, or launchpad, Microchip’s mplabx, etc.

    Regarding USB scopes, whats wrong with the red pitaya mentioned a few times on the show before?






    • Tom L says

      Just got around to listening to this episode and wanted to give a +1 to the mydaq suggestion.

      Although their out-of-the-box multimeter app Elvis only works on Windows as far as I know, the demos for Mac/Linux are easy to use. Most of my practical labs back in school used a similar lower-end NI device. The LabVIEW software is also free for academic users via NI’s website (although it’s a non-expiring student “eval”, Studica etc. will charge you $20 or so for a “permanent” license) and their drivers work with just about anything. I’ve even seen people use it with VBA, although I cringed a bit.

      Free 6-Month Evaluation of LabVIEW Student Edition for at-home learning