The Engineer has always found people difficult. Sitting with his Saturday morning cup of tea reflecting on the week, this has never been more true. But this week is a bit different. You might know from the Engineer's other blogs that his usual frustration is with his colleagues and the processes of his own company. … Continue reading What’s the point of a patent?
It's been a quiet week. Nothing of note has really happened. People are starting their Ski holidays and all our service technicians are in house - nothing is going wrong. Then one of them came for a chat. Unusual. The Engineer is not known for engaging in chit chat. "I've been playing with Arduino in … Continue reading Arduino – Friend or Foe?
More so than ever, humanity has the knowledge and technology to invent whatever it chooses. So common is innovation these days that its easy to get caught up in the hysteria and do things for their own sake. Few ever stop to ask whether we should. The Engineer offers an example. IoT, the Internet of … Continue reading We can… but should we?
The Artful Engineer is gasping for a cup of strong coffee. Why? Another one of those meetings. You know the ones. The ones filled with "blue sky thinking", "value propositions", "cooking on gas" and the endless plethora of management bullshit. Yet none of this trumped up rubbish is the reason for The Engineer's overwhelming need … Continue reading As simple as that.
Meetings. A simple, unavoidable fact of any Engineer's life. This time the boss wants to discuss a customer's bespoke requirement. This customer would like control our equipment remotely through a webpage. The Artful Engineer has been here before. The hairs on the back of his neck stand and his pupils dilate. "We can do that!" … Continue reading It’s JUST software