Grammy Award winning recording engineer Bruce Swedien received his first nomination in 1962 for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry," and Swedien went on to record and mix most of Michael Jackson's albums, including "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time. Swedien also worked with Donna Summer and has been nominated for a total of 13 Grammys.
I've been feeling a little disturbed lately. Slightly insane things are happening all around me and nothing seems to make sense anymore.
So I thought I'd seek out some information about psychopathy, in the hope of making myself feel better -- or at least understood.
Somehow, I stumbled upon an article on The Week that disturbed me even more. In casual style, it wondered which professions contained the greatest number of psychopaths and which ones had the fewest.
Honestly, I thought engineers would be somewhere near the top of the list. The ones I know are intense creatures, prone to excessive rational thought and irrational action.… Read more
It's been two weeks since BitTorrent search engine Isohunt agreed to exit the Internet after reaching a $110 million settlement deal over copyright infringement with the Motion Picture Association of America. But, a quick glance at the site Isohunt.to and it seems the search engine appears to be alive.
No, Isohunt founder Gary Fung didn't renege on his settlement -- rather, fans of the site decided to make an exact clone of the original Isohunt, according to TorrentFreak. Isohunt.to is almost a perfect replica of Isohunt.com; it has the same interface, categories, and torrent pages.… Read more
I caught up with my old friend, mastering and recording engineer Bob Katz at the Audio Engineering Society convention held last week in NYC. He was there to proclaim an end to the "Loudness Wars," which refers to the overuse of dynamic range compression to flatten the soft-to-loud volume changes that naturally occur in music. Katz was way ahead of the pack in decrying the overzealous use of compression in mastering recordings, he has been in the trenches, fighting the good fight for more than 20 years.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Is the map the next big shared file type to revolutionize businesses, the way that the spreadsheet and the document have? Google thinks so, and it's betting on enterprise maps in a big way.
Google's new Maps Engine Pro lets businesses import their data onto a map, from which they can then analyze it and share. Enterprise accounts will cost $5 per user per company.
Brian McClendon, vice president of Google Maps, was not shy about his intentions for the new tools.
"We believe this will be the new document type, and Google's … Read more
The vast majority of vehicles are powered by what's known as an internal combustion engine.
It's a concept that's been around for a long time but a Belgian engineer, called Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir, is credited with inventing and patenting the first viable internal combustion engine in 1860.
The internal combustion engine isn't as complicated as it might sound. As the name suggests, it burns a mixture of fuel and oxygen in an enclosed space called a combustion chamber.
As this mixture burns it becomes hot and expands rapidly, creating pressure. This pressure is applied to … Read more
For software engineers, life must seem like it keeps getting better. Not only are salaries on the rise as companies compete for talent, but there are also lively job markets in cities across the US.
While big-name companies, like Google, Apple, and Facebook, tout their engineers as the best and the brightest, these tech giants aren't necessarily paying the most (although they're up there).
A new survey by Glassdoor, released Thursday, lists the top 25 companies that have paid their engineers the highest salaries over the last year. And the unlikely winner is Juniper Networks. Paying $159,990 … Read more
Everyone wants to hire clever people.
Unless, of course, they happen to be smarter than their bosses. Then it's trouble.
The intention of most companies, though, is to hire brains. So one Australian startup called Bigcommerce thought it would separate the wheat from the hapless by posting ads that included a mathematical conundrum.
Solving it would allow the wise to access its special "Batphone," where eager people were waiting.… Read more
Accelerating hard out of a corner, my rear view mirror suddenly filled with clouds of white smoke.
I accepted that this, most likely, was a bad thing. My car at the time, an old Triumph Dolomite Sprint, seemed to be running alright but clearly all was not well.
Minutes later the needle on the temperature gauge made an alarming bid for freedom, soaring deep into the red zone. Game over.
Swerving the Triumph into the nearest parking space, I killed the engine. The silence was perforated by the angry tick of rapidly cooling metal, and an unsettling hiss from under … Read more
Microsoft's Bing search engine has been steadily gaining in US market share since 2010, but it still has a long road ahead in its potentially fruitless attempts to dethrone Google. Its strategy in that department -- to out-feature the no-frills search behemoth -- has proven effective in the past, and Microsoft has once again managed to keep up the fight with an overhauled video search function.
Announced Wednesday, the new Bing video search was designed "from the ground up," Microsoft's official Bing blog reveals, to put the focus on navigation and discovery while easing maneuverability between … Read more