Tuesday evening’s pale hues as seen from our WeatherBug camera atop Blue Hill Observatory
It’s winter. It’s supposed to be cold. So while it was a treat to run around in shorts for Christmas and let kids use their new bikes as soon as the wrapping paper was torn off, it’s time for a reality check. A mild month is ending on a cold note as we put a bow on 2014 and kick off a new year.
Tuesday’s highs across the area
I was surprised to look back at some stats and see that Tuesday was the 2nd coldest day in Boston since mid-March! The only one colder was December 8th with a high just one degree lower (29F). Personally I didn’t think it felt all that bad. Shows you what a difference maker the wind is. Without much of it, it…
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[Eberhard] needed to flash several hundred ATMegas for a project he was working on. This was a problem, but the task did have a few things going for it that made automation easy. The boards the ‘Megas were soldered to weren’t depanelized yet, and he had a neat and weird bed of nails programming connector. There was also a CNC machine close by. This sounds like the ideal situation for automation, and it turns out the setup was pretty easy.
The boards in question were for FPV/radio control telemetry adapter and thankfully the assembly house didn’t depanelize the 40 PCBs on each board before shipping them out. A very cool ATMega flashing tool handled the electrical connections between the computer and the microcontroller, but a real, live human being was still required to move this flashing tool from one chip to the next, upload the firmware, and repeat the process…
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HYANNIS (CBS) – An 18-year-old died while playing basketball with friends in Hyannis Tuesday night.
Emergency crews tried to revive the Barnstable teen after he collapsed at the Hyannis Youth Center.
He was rushed to the hospital where he later died.
Witnesses told police there was no hit or collision, he just collapsed.
The teen’s name has not been released.
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A 22 year old entrepreneur is being targeted by United Airlines and Orbitz for what the companies call “unfair competition”. Aktarer Zaman founded the website Skiplagged.com last year. The site helps travelers find cheap flights by using a strategy called “hidden city” ticketing.
For example, if you want to travel from Boston to San Francisco, you actually book a flight from Boston to Lake Tahoe—with a layover in San Francisco—then skip the second leg of the trip while paying for a cheaper ticket in the end. It only works if you book a one-way flight with no checked bags.
While the practice has been around for a while and is obviously frowned upon among the major airlines, it is not considered illegal. United said in a statement, “This practice violates our fare rules and we are taking action to stop it to help protect the vast majority of customers who…
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BOSTON (CBS) – Two kayakers were rescued after they fell into the water in South Boston on Christmas Day.
When emergency crews arrived at about 2:00pm, they observed two overturned kayaks and two men clinging to a mooring ball about 150 yards off M Street Beach.
Harbor Unit Officers were able to pull the men onto their boat.
The men, ages 52 and 49, were transported to Mass. General Hospital and treated for hypothermia.
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