Archive for February 20th, 2009

Vinculum’s VNC1L

Vinculum is a company you’ve probably never heard of; they’re apparently a not-terribly-well-publicized subsidiary of FTDI specializing in USB processors. Well, I – and they – say specializing, but Vinculum basically has just one product – a microcontroller called the VNC1L, which does or can do just about everything USB-related that a circuit designer could ask for. That, I think, it actually the idea, and it’s a pretty good one: where USB is concerned, there’s one chip to do it all, (and in the darkness, blind them?).

To promote their wonderful little chip, FTDI/Vinculum produce a couple really interesting little products of interest to the DIY crowd…
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Published in: Geekiness, General | on February 20th, 2009 | Comments Off on Vinculum’s VNC1L

Music Piracy: Around Longer Than You Think

It’s easy to suppose that the cassette tape begat music piracy, and in a way that’s true – but while it may have facilitated easy, cheap, and widespread music piracy, it certainly wasn’t the beginning of the problem. In fact, the issue goes back to the grandparents of today’s piracy-happy youth.

Yes, I said grandparents.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, History | on February 20th, 2009 | Comments Off on Music Piracy: Around Longer Than You Think