Talk nerdy to me! Where I get my electronics updates and news

Ever wondered where is a good place to find new and interesting chips on the market? Questions about electronics and what is happening in the market?

For the engineers and makers out there, the world of electronics can be a bit overwhelmed with so much happening all the time, updates, news and buyouts (specially in the past few months).

I would to use this post to share some of my favorite places to get new chip information, updates and random electronics questions.

Newsletters

Podcasts

IRC

Do you remember IRC? Yes, it’s still alive and strong. Just connect to the Freenode network and you will find many very interesting channels where you can talk electronics, exchange information and ask questions! If you are there, drop a line to spillere (me!).

  • #electronics on Freenode
  • #avr on Freenode
  • #arduino on Freenode

Forum

Other

  • Fedevel Academy – Learn awesome PCB designing skills
  • /r/nicechips – Reddit, a great place on the internet where people share their findings in the electronic chips market. Really really good!!

This list is still a working in progress. If you have any suggestions please add a comment bellow!

OpenOffice 3D

It looks PowerPoint will have a great competitor now. People will start thinking twice before paying for Microsoft’s Office. Programmer Shane M. Mathews made great slideshow effects using 3D-OpenGL’s library.

You can take a look of how it looks:

This feature will be available for everyone on the next OpenOffice.org 2.4.

Say hello to Gutsy Gibbon

Today is the day many people were waiting for. Ubuntu 7.10 codename Gutsy Gibbon was released, with several improvements. Ubuntu for those who don’t already know it, it’s a Linux Distro for Humans, which means that even you who don’t know much about computers can use it. It’s totally free and runs on Pcs and Mac. So if you are up to the challenge, you can Download the .ISO file from here, request by mail or just upgrade.
If you’re interested, I’ve selected some links for you:

A Look at Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon” RC1
Ubuntu’s Power Consumption Tested
UbuntuSwitch.com
13 Things to after installing Ubuntu

YouTube Adds New Features

 

It seems like Youtube has updated the flash based look of their video player!
The new one looks glossy, and using the red color on the time bar, actually I didn’t like very much, I think the old one was better. Another feature is that now you can browse video by it’s category, like Music, Entertainment, Sports, People and many more. And under the Video Tab, now they’ve added Most Linked videos, which is videos viewed under other websites using the embedded code. Video quality seems to look better now, new uploaded movies don’t loose as much quality as before, I think they are making this improvement for the future features projects, like to host all music videos on earth and things like this. Keep good things coming YouTube.