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The best search terms of 2010

Friday, December 24th, 2010 Nigel Jones

It’s that time of the year again when I look back over some of the more amusing search terms that drove people to this blog. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

C shoot yourself in the foot codes

The cynic in me immediately thought that the search would be better if he reversed the logic and looked for C constructs whereby you can’t shoot yourself in the foot.

Can electrical engineers do embedded systems?

A profound question. I have already given my thoughts on this matter.

IT consulting no technical skills

No wonder so many consultants have a bad reputation!

How to goof off at work without being caught

No wonder some employers have a jaded view of their employees!

Well written code doesn’t need debugging nigel jones

Yikes! Just for the record I will state unequivocally that all code needs debugging.

Can sprintf be sued in isr

Presumably this was a typo. However the use of sued just seems so much more appropriate when it came to sprintf and interrupt service routines.

Want c code projects to put fake experiance (sic)

I’m not sure whether to admire the guile of this person or to shudder at the thought of someone with fake experience working on a medical device.

Normal folks and the nerds in embedded system

I actually thought this was fair enough. I know my kids think I’m weird.

I’m not completely useless! I can be used as a bad example!

That’s what I call a positive outlook!

Bad stack overflow experience

Is there any such thing as a good stack overflow experience?

Tools to write to eeprom of msp430

Good luck with that – the MSP430 doesn’t have any EEPROM 🙂

Are people on stackoverflow all dicks?

My favorite term of the year. I consoled myself by assuming that the searcher was actually thinking of the people at the other stack-overflow. Having said that, I don’t think the people there are dicks either.

Anyway, thanks for reading. I will return to my usual fare with my next post.

Subscribing to comments

Thursday, November 11th, 2010 Nigel Jones

I heard from Jeff Gros the other day asking if it’s possible to subscribe to all the comments posted on this blog. Given the quality of the comments that are posted here, I thought it was an excellent request. Anyway, the answer is yes.  Just follow this link.

Welcome to the new stack-overflow!

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 Nigel Jones

Regular visitors will no doubt have noticed a rather dramatic change to the visual appearance of this blog. EmbeddedGurus has grown dramatically in the last year and so we’ve moved to a better platform (WordPress) to manage the growth. Although the switch over from Blogger has been relatively painless, it’s still necessary for me to manually check all my previous posts making sure they are right. I should have this done in the next few days at which point I will resume regular blogging.

If you’ve posted a comment to my blog in the last week or so it may not have made the transition – for which I apologize.
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The best search terms of 2009

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 Nigel Jones

One of the interesting things about writing a blog is looking at the search terms that result in people visiting the blog. The vast majority of the search terms are quite reasonable. However, every once in a while a term pops up that brings a wry smile to my face. With that being said, I thought I’d share with you the ‘best’ search terms of the year. The terms appear below, together with my take on them…

Stay away from embedded systems
What can I say? This just conjured up images of someone’s mother telling them that going into embedded systems would be the ruin of them. It certainly was for me.

Crazy enough to use unsigned
I guess I must be a raving lunatic then.

Clueless consultant
I winced when I saw this. I’ll just note for the record that at least it wasn’t paired with my name!

Personality as it relates to programming eprom
Huh?

Why is c so complicated?
A profound question indeed. So many responses came to mind, but at the end of the day none seemed adequate…

Should I correct grammer and spelling on my blog comments?
Not withstanding the irony that ‘grammar’ is misspelled I found this to be an unintentionally revealing insight into the minds of those that blog!

With that I will say goodbye to 2009 and welcome to 2010. I hope 2010 is a better year for the industry as a whole and for my readers in particular. I’ll be back to my ‘regular’ topics with my next posting. As always, thanks for reading.

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Terrorist engineers

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 Nigel Jones

From time to time I comment on things related to engineers (as opposed to engineering). This is one of those times!

Anyway as you may know, someone tried to blow an airliner out of the sky the other day. What you may not know is that once again the perpetrator was an engineer. I say ‘once again’ because as this opinion piece in the New Scientist discusses, engineers are distressingly common in terrorist groups. Anyway, I suggest you read the article as it addresses some of the ‘obvious’ reasons, while suggesting something insightful about engineers as a group. I also suggest you read the comments as many of them are very thought provoking.

My next posting will be a little more cheerful.