Happy New Year! Just wanted to share two great articles from the December issue of IEEE Spectrum.

Engineering != Science
The first is a quick discourse on the difference between engineering and science. The crux of it is summed in the following quote:

Science is about understanding the origins, nature, and behavior of the universe and all it contains; engineering is about solving problems by rearranging the stuff of the world to make new things.

The writer of this article, Henry Petroski, has written a number of books, his most recent being The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems. To confess, I got about halfway through his 2007 book: The Toothpick: Technology and Culture. It’s an interesting topic, but there’s only so much one can say about toothpicks before it gets repetitive.

Using the Canon Hack Development Kit
This second article explores the Canon Hack Development Kit, or CHDK. It’s basically temporary firmware that can be used to unlock more advanced features not normally found in Canon point and shoots, such as shooting in RAW or shooting in intervals. Don’t miss the great gallery in the article of shots taken using CHDK.

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