Made by Monkeys: Documentation Reviews

Android finds Recalls.gov mobile app

Here’s an interesting one. Recall Corner has proved a popular element of Made By Monkeys, and here’s a way of accessing a whole lot of data about the details of a whole lot of product recalls. The mainstay of many Recall Corner entrants, the US Consumer Product Safety…

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Needless Math: That "Handy" Half Gallon Measure!

Engineers are great with calculations, but needless math can be really irritating. Take Jon Titus’ experience with this bottle of fuel stabilizer and the instructions for mixing it with gas: “Before I fueled my new snow blower I mixed some “fuel stabilizer” with the 2 gallons of gas I got…

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The Case of the Disappearing Calories

                                                                                                                            The calories just don’t add up on this box of microwave popcorn. Do you suppose they assume a certain percentage of unppopped kernels or is it just bad math…

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When Schematics are Useless

DEV-Monkey Editor Jon Titus posts a great rant on his blog about the lousy state of schematics that come with electronics development kits and boards, particularly when trying to print them out. Having started a dev kit project earlier this year, I absolutely agree! Writes Jon: “Most of the…

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Disgruntled Employee Deletes Data -- Lots of Data

And you thought you were having a bad day? Fox News reports that an angry employee (no kidding), wreaked havoc at an architectural firm when she deleted 7 years of drawings and blueprints valued at $2.5 million. “She decided to mess up everything for everybody,” Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office…

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