Nov. 17th, 2011

katsmeat: (Crazy)
In Cambridge today, for a Mathworks symposium thingy on using Matlab with instrumentation. The first few talks were a succession of blokes from Aglent Technologies going on and on about using Matlab to talk with verious boxes they make, using SCPI (I showed up an 40 minutes late and spent quite a while baffled as to who or what "skippy" was) and IVI-com drivers (No idea. At these things, I tend not to manage more than writing the words down. I later use a copy of the Powerpoint and Google to work out what it was all about).

Aglent osciloscopes seem darnably impressive given they can pull in about 40 giga-samples per second. But it was all of absolutely zero relevance to me - I felt like somebody who wanted a rowing-boat, being given a full-on hard-sell by an ocean-liner dealer (they're about £50,000 a pop.) However, the final 20 minutes of the last afternoon talk was very useful. And there was free lunch, so it was not quite a wasted day.

Oddly, I never realized how dark parts of Cambridge are. At about 5:30ish, I popped along Trinity Street, to take a look in Heffer's Bookshop. I noticed there were comparatively few street lights, and they were quite dim, positively amaemic, especially outside Trinity College.

I found the effect very pleasing. However, I think this will simply cause me simmering annoyance at other places, which seem screechingly over-lit by comparason.


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