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Building Customer Relations... on the Soccer Field

On a recent project in Guangzhou, China, I had an opportunity to join a soccer outing with guys from our client's factory. Ok, so maybe it wasn't a FIFA World Cup caliber match, but we had a great time pitting the engineering department ve...


Computer Monitor Fix

Employees at DMC receive a fairly top of the line laptop when they start. However, computer manufacturers often update their product offerings, so we don't all end up with the same model. Our two most recent employees both received the same lapto...


Go Go Green - Another DMC Competitive Event

A small contingency of DMC runners competed in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Go Go Green 5K on October 24th. Below are Nick & Kristie right before the race: The results are in and I can now say that I, Frank B. Riordan, am The Faste...


.NET Micro Framework Midi Player

A few days ago, I was working on a project where I needed to control a stepper motor using the .NET Micro Framework on the GHI Embedded Master microprocessor. Stepper motors are a unique type of motor - the velocity is controlled by a pulse wave inpu...


Every three of four months (or so - depending on everyone's schedule) DMC has an all-day off site company meeting to review progress, plan ahead and to try to discuss topics that will improve things both for us and for our customers. Last week...


DMC Remodeling

Anyone who has ever visited the DMC office probably has made a trip into the friendly 'DMC Annex'. The 'Annex' (which is not really an annex at all, but rather a sub-office in need of a name due to its friendly welcoming attitude) is ...


In the beginning, all of the important files at DMC fit onto a single 100MB iomega ZIP disk. Since 1996 we have grown to a 25 person company and gone from 0 servers to 6. We used BackupExec for a couple years but then switched to Dantz Retrospect for...


"Team DMC" competes in 2009 Chicago Bastille Day 5K

For at least 9 years (maybe even 10) DMC has been entering a contingency of runners in the annual Bastille Day Race in Chicago's West Loop. This year we get to crown the newest member of our team as the fastest member of our team. Jesse Bat...


AutoCross Fun in Rantoul

I recently spent a pleasant Sunday in Rantoul, IL at the Champaign County Sports Car Club autocross with some engineers from the Advanced Powertrain Research Facility group of Argonne National Laboratory.  I’ll post about the distribute...


Teaching Robots to Love - Programming a Roomba

A few weeks ago, I was coerced by my girlfriend into buying one of those silly "floor cleaning robots." Yes, I mean a Roomba. I was skeptical, but I sat down and did some research.  Little did I know that while I had been slaving aw...


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