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Apr
5

Best April Fools' Day Pranks by and for Engineers

Write-Only-Memory (1972)

Let’s start with one of the classics from the early 1970’s, namely, the write-only-memory (WOM). It was the opposite of read-only-memory (ROM), which is used in all computer systems. The joke was that a WOM device could be written to but never read from memory. Initially, the WOM was used as a euphemism for a failed memory device.

The write-only-memory device first appeared in a practical joke data sheet from Signetics in 1972.  The company was a U.S. integrated circuit (IC) electronics manufacturer founded in 1961, which was bought by Philips in 1975 and incorporated into Philips Semiconductors (now NXP). Signetics was perhaps best known for its ubiquitous 555 timer IC.

As with most data sheet of the time, the Signetics sheet listed the characteristic curve of the useless device. But instead of the more conventional characteristic curves, the 25120 write-only-memory data sheet included meaningless diagrams of “bit

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Apr
3

27 Best Freelance SEO Experts For Hire In April 2020

If you’ve ever tried to ask an SEO (search engine optimization) specialist how much it’ll cost to improve your search engine rankings, you probably got the frustrating, but honest answer: “it depends.” And the pricing they give can be all over the board, from $25 per hour to $10,000+ per month. No one can budget for an SEO project based on that kind of range. But drilling down to a reliable number isn’t difficult. Here’s how to determine how much an SEO specialist may cost for your next project.

Types of SEO services

Before hiring someone, it helps to know how you’d like to work with them. Here are some of the most common options:

Pay by the hour

THE GOOD: It’s easy to figure out costs when you hire someone for a set number of hours.

THE CAVEAT: SEO projects are a little like remodeling a house: you never

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