An Imaginary Trip to the USA — Chapter I: Introduction

Throughout the years, I have had the chance to meet several American people in person or online, with whom I have had numerous conversations. Often, we have talked about our respective countries because this has been one of the topics we have been interested in. We have usually asked each other a lot of questions … Continue reading An Imaginary Trip to the USA — Chapter I: Introduction

Ideas for a DIY Smart Home: How to Build a Simple LoRaWAN™ Network from A to Z — Part I

Introduction As stated by the LoRa Alliance official website, LoRaWAN™ is ... ... a Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) networking protocol designed to wirelessly connect battery operated ‘things’ to the internet in regional, national or global networks, and targets key Internet of Things (IoT) requirements such as bi-directional communication, end-to-end security, mobility and localization services. … Continue reading Ideas for a DIY Smart Home: How to Build a Simple LoRaWAN™ Network from A to Z — Part I

Losing the Edge

Manager: a professional who achieves set objectives by organizing other people's work. Recently, I had an interesting conversation about management with my good friend, Matteo. Specifically, we discussed the role of the technical manager in modern companies. Matteo has a deep technical background and is a great engineer. Currently, he is experiencing a stage of … Continue reading Losing the Edge

Class T Audio Amplifier with Integrated USB DAC and Bluetooth Receiver

Introduction This post is rather technical and describes a homemade class-T amplifier that I started to build in 2010. I consider it a never-ending project because, from time to time, I tweak it to add new features or to improve existing ones. For example, in the spring of 2017, I put my hands on it … Continue reading Class T Audio Amplifier with Integrated USB DAC and Bluetooth Receiver

Ideas for a DIY Smart Home: IP-based Video Surveillance System

Introduction This is the first of a series of posts describing some (hopefully) compelling ideas for DIY projects that you can carry out to make your home a little bit smarter. I have tested these solutions myself throughout the years. Indeed, from time to time, I like to "hack" my house in order to add … Continue reading Ideas for a DIY Smart Home: IP-based Video Surveillance System

The typical day of the embedded systems engineer

To relax, I occasionally read a web site which talks ironically about basketball. It is called "La giornata tipo", "the typical day" in English. Many of the articles you can find there describe hypothetical average days of basketball teams and players. These hypothetical days are littered with invented facts that exacerbate the flaws of the … Continue reading The typical day of the embedded systems engineer