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Control Matters
SPLat Controls' aperiodic newsletter

26 Feb 10
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Please help me out here ... and win a prize as well!

In May last year we posted a webpage that's a competitive comparison between our MS120 controller (with built in user interface) and competing products. There was only one problem ... we can find no competing products with similar features at a comparable price. So we have made a competition out of it. If you can tell me about a competing product that meets the comparison criteria on our website, you can win an MS120 developer's kit. Click here for details.

David Stonier-Gibson

In control - Stuff about or related to control systems

Brainwave control of wheelchairs 

At the moment, when Toyota are receiving a lot of negative press over various problems, it's nice to point out a positive piece of news concerning Toyota.

RIKEN BSI-TOYOTA Collaboration Center has succeeded in developing a system which controls a wheelchair using brain waves. The advantages of such a system are obvious.

Click here for more details.  

Out of control - Nothing much to do with controls, (but interesting)

Vale Internet Explorer 6 

"Internet Explorer Six, resident of the interwebs for over 8 years, died the morning of March 1, 2010 in Mountain View, California, as a result of a workplace injury sustained at the headquarters of Google, Inc. Internet Explorer Six, known to friends and family as "IE6," is survived by son Internet Explorer Seven, and grand-daughter Internet Explorer Eight."

Yes, it's true, and I am not weeping! IE6 has been a constant source of headaches when designing web pages. As of March 1st Google will be winding back support for IE6 in Google Docs and Google Sites.

"Official" IE6 funeral site (you can attend an official wake if you are in Denver)
Google's page on the topic               A nice analysis

So if you happen to still be using IE6 (9% of our website visitors do), now is the time to move on. I recommend FireFox, the open source web browser that is taking a lot of the market. Another good choice is Google Chrome.

Have you seen our easy to digest Finite State Machine tutorial?

"Thank you for the obvious effort that you have gone to. I always recommend your site and products whenever I get the opportunity".
 Eddie Orange, Samoa

I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure. 

Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself.-
Jane Wagner 

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