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Today we completed our new dining set for the eat-in kitchen. The room is fairly small, so I planned on a table for two. The base is a cast iron bistro table stand (intended for restaurants) that I ordered online. The 32″ table top was fabricated from a tan brown granite remnant by Flemington Granite. [...]

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I’m an iPhone 3GS owner. My iPhone is my first Apple product and my first phone with a data plan. When I purchased it in November 2009, it was undoubtedly the best phone on the market; things have changed. Hardware-wise, the iPhone 4 is in the top of its class. While I believe the iPhone [...]

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I really enjoy plants but my cat, Tesla, keeps eating them. To stop him, I went to Marshall’s and Michael’s and bought some glass tubes for 10-20 bucks. I used them as a poor mans cloche… I just hope the cat does not learn to tip them over!!!!

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I have been using a rather expensive remote (gyration) for my home theater for a while and one of the buttons failed. Most remotes have a conductive pad under the rubber buttons that contacts a pattern on the printed circuit board (PCB) inside to form a switch. A dirty pad or contact is the most [...]

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PitelSPOT server will shutdown on December 31st 2009 and will not become active again until Janurary 6th 2010 (at earliest).  We are moving from Illinois to New Jersey and are taking the server with us. We are also changing services from DSL to Cable. We are keeping out fingers crossed that cable upload speeds are [...]

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After spending a few months bonding with my Nokia N85, I now feel comfortable providing a follow-up review of the phone. It’s good news: the honeymoon is not over. Overall I am impressed with the quality of the phone itself, as well as the quality of pictures and video. And the OLED screen still elicits [...]

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Revenge of the permalink errors.  A had a similar problem happen when I upgraded to 2.7.1, which I posted about here. Downgrading to WordPress2.7.1 was really simple: Download the previous version. Drag the files into your WordPress installation directory. Log-in into the admin menu. WordPress will request to automatically update your database. Agree to the [...]

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This article covers chapter 5 of my dissertation.     - Single-Phase Grid Connected Control     – Direct Digital Synthesis     - All Digital Phase-Lock Loop     - Software and Hardware in the Loop Experiments     – Rapid Control Prototypes and System Products  G. Pitel, “Fast power converters and rapid digital design,” UILU-ENG-2008-2509, CEME-TR-2008-02, December 2008, pp. 92-109.   

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Programs like iTunes, Windows Media Player, Zune etc. organize your music collection by updating the tag structure only. These programs often copy your music collection to a designated folder, leaving duplicates spread across your computer. In addition, these programs fail to establish tagging consistency customized to your taste. For example, consider the person who listens [...]

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Good news, my transactions was accepted–which means I can start letting dissertation chapters  trickle out into Internet land. Enjoy. This article covers chapters 1 and 2 of my disstertation. These chapters cover: – Dissertation Introduction – Voltage Source Buck Converter Modeling – Boost Converter Modeling – Voltage Source Inverter Modeling G. Pitel, “Fast power converters [...]

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