||(Hopefully) Useful Information
Nationmaster and Statemaster are excellent sources of basic statistical data.
AnyWho is a source of phone numbers and related data like reverse lookups. Linc Madison tells all about North American area codes and numbering plans.
FCC ULS (Universal Licensing System) and ASR (Antenna Structure Regitstration) Database search pages
is a very practical and useful RF
and microwave site.
DSP Guru is hosted by iowegian, a maker of DSP filter design and FFT software.
Python is rapidly becoming my favorite
Linux Voice is a pricey British magazine that's worth it.
WinSCP is hands-down the best SCP/SFTP/FTP tool I've found for Windows. Even better, it's fully open source and free.
PuTTY is a great cross platform (win/mac/*nix) client package for SSH, SCP , SFTP, and plain old serial, as well as things you shouldn't be using like Telnet and FTP. It has a very good SSH authentication agent in the form of Pageant.
NoteTab is a really good and simpe text editor that comes in three grades. I use the light (freeware) version for a lot of my note taking and text cleanup. They offer several more capable versions that I'm tempted to buy.
Irfanview is a lightning fast image viewer. That's it - but it will view most any image format known. It'll also let you translate between formats and do some limited scaling and processing. And it's free.
PureText is one of those things you probably never knew you needed. It removes formatting from data you are cutting and pasting. I'm forever cutting text from documents or spreadsheets. It's great that windows carries formatting along by default, but I almost never want it. PureText lets me set up a hotkey that lets me paste unformatted text regardless of the source formating. If you do much document editing you want this and may not even know it. It's free, so it's easy to try.
Multimon Taskbar puts taskbars/toolbars on your additional monitors. When you drag an app to an alternate monitor you get a taskbar button for it on that monitor's taskbar. Even better, it gives you buttons next to the minimize/maximize/close buttons on that window that let you move a window to the other monitors. You are running more than one monitor, right? If you aren't I really suggest that you dust that old monitor off and give it a try. Oscar has free and more capable paid versions.Hardware
Soekris Engineering makes a line of single board computers that are great platforms for specialized servers, routers, and wireless applications. .
KO4BB's Manuals, Timing, Ham Radio, Test Equipment Website
Didier Juges tremendous public resource of (mostly test equipment) manuals, Amateur (Ham) radio - and not so amateur radio as well,
and extremely accurate time and frequency measurement (Time Nuttery)
The BoatAnchor Manual Archive
BAMA is a wonderful repository of vintage
electronics data and manuals.
The Blame Displacement Form [BDF]When I left Southwest Research Institute in January 1996 I knew that I would need to launch a premptive strike to make a clean getaway. Given the time honored tradition that the last person to leave an organization becomes responsible for everything that goes wrong, I figured that I'd formalize the process.The Blame Displacement Formresulted. Someone scanned and forwarded it to a friend. It developed a life of it's own, and I've gotten email from people in something like 150 countries. You can get a PDF here (about 40 Kilobytes)
you're the bug, and some days you're the windshield.
A mildly funny experience setting up a 58 Ghz Microwave link
My life on
April 1st, 2000