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Electrical engineering consultant specializing in microcontrollers and the circuitry around them. Master of engineering in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1980.

We are certified Microchip design partners, and have been in the top catagory consistantly since around 2000. Various free downloads related to developing PIC firmware and other things are available at http://www.embedinc.com/pic/dload.htm.


Nov
15
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Nov
14
comment Does eating snow help dehydration?
Actually the most common cause of colored snow is algae, not bacteria. However, your point remains. Ingesting the algae can be bad.
Nov
14
comment Does eating snow help dehydration?
Yeah, without being able to look at the original report, I am skeptical that they actually died of eating snow. What other factors were envolved? How do we know that eating snow was a contibuting factor, let alone the main cause? What was the actual cause of death? Was there a control in the same conditions where some ate snow and some didn't? Were these people already hypothermic? Would they likely have died anyway from other causes, like freezing to death?
Nov
13
answered Does eating snow help dehydration?
Nov
13
comment Tips for hunting nocturnal deer
You could appreciate them in their own right being a part of the nature around your house instead of blasting away. Just a thought.
Nov
12
answered Isn't Nor'easter supposed to move from the Northeast to Southwest?
Nov
10
answered What lower temperature limit should I look for in sleeping bag for the Appalachian Trail?
Nov
10
comment What lower temperature limit should I look for in sleeping bag for the Appalachian Trail?
You said northbound, but also that you plan to do half the trail. It is therefore unclear where you will start, since it can be anywhere in the southern half. I would give different advice for doing the northern half starting in May than what Russell said for the starting at the southern end.
Nov
8
comment What characteristics should I look for in a good torch/flashlight?
I don't understand how getting a flashlight will keep cyclists and campers from blinding you all the time. It seems you want them to get the flashlight.
Nov
8
awarded  Commentator
Nov
8
comment Trekking Pole Length
No, I was just making a flip comment related to Abe's answer that your legs should be long enough to reach the ground. I personally don't like carrying things in my hands and don't use poles, so can't offer any personal experience.
Nov
7
answered What characteristics should I look for in a good torch/flashlight?
Nov
7
comment Trekking Pole Length
To paraphrase Abe Lincoln, trekking poles should be long enough to reach the ground.
Nov
7
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
@Russell: I was going to let your edit stand. This isn't worth a edit war, and I was going to let you make your point. Chat doesn't seem to work right on some of the machines/browsers I'm on. Anyway, if you have a good reason for asking specifically about natural materials, then it would be good to explain it. It might help get better answers too.
Nov
7
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
@Russell: You are being too heavy handed editing what you call "tone". I see you removed a significant part of the meaning from my sentence I know you asked about natural materials, but without explaining why your question is limited that seems silly. You may not like that, but I do think it is silly, and I have a right to say so and others have the right to hear my opinion that it is silly. You of course have the right to think I'm being silly, etc. I wouldn't try to sensor your opinion on that.
Nov
6
comment How do I light a spirit (ethanol) stove when it's cold?
Nice pictures. Makes me want to go there some time. It's clearly very different than New England.
Nov
6
answered How do I light a spirit (ethanol) stove when it's cold?
Nov
6
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
Some of the synthetic "furs" are pretty good at repelling snow too, and thinsulate has a number of nice properties that too. I don't see the point to limiting yourself to natural materials.
Nov
6
answered What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
Nov
5
answered What is a freestanding tent and why should I want one?