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What does Brooks Stevens have to do with “Planned Obsolescence”?

By GDCA | June 7, 2012

You may not know about Brooks Stevens, and today is his birthday. Clifford Brooks Stevens, born June 7, 1911, was an American industrial designer of home furnishings, appliances, automobiles and motorcycles— as well as a graphic designer and stylist. At the time of his death, he was considered “a major force in industrial design.” If […]

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Who says obsolete equipment is junk?

By GDCA | May 23, 2012

Sometimes we can get a little carried away with our work here at GDCA.  From embedded boards to trains, we love talking about all things legacy and EOL; and we know that no matter which industry we pick, there is a lot riding on keeping “obsolete” boards and systems running smoothly. Through the past 25 […]

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GDCA: Celebrating 25 Years of Legacy Support

By GDCA | May 1, 2012

1987 takes us back: a dozen eggs were 65 cents, a gallon of gas was 89 cents, you and the family may have tuned-in to watch the premiere of a show called The Simpsons.  The last 25 years have been exciting for everyone. Technology has evolved at an amazing rate, and we are honored to […]

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GDCA’s Obsoletisms: How is an aircraft carrier like a a bottle of milk?

By GDCA | May 1, 2012

Unlike a bottle of milk, USS Mount Whitney’s life-cycle can be projected out until 2039.

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Does the prospect of overstocking kill your critical embedded systems?

By GDCA | April 11, 2012

2011 wasn’t an easy year for DRAM manufacturers. The move from notebooks towards tablets and technology using NAND flash did nothing to bolster a struggling semiconductor industry. In this type of scenario it becomes common for manufacturers to shift their focus from older technology to newer ones.  This process often leads to End-of-Life (EOL) decisions […]

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Vehicle Electronics and the U.S. Army’s New VICTORY Standard

By GDCA | April 4, 2012

Imagine, in order to do your daily job, you had Linux for email, an Apple II for web browsing, an old Windows 95 tower for excel spreadsheets, and a DOS machine for word processing. Rotary phones only work for some people you need to call, and you need a cellphone for others. Floppy drives, zip […]

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Condition-Based-Maintenance (CBM): The leading edge of proactive sustainment

By GDCA | March 1, 2012

Defense Maintenance & Sustainment Summit (DMS 2012) February 27-29, 2012, | La Jolla, California It was my first time attending WBR’s Defense Maintenance & Sustainment Summit, and it was fascinating to hear about best practices from the many government attendees and their commercial partners. The focus was CBM (condition-based-maintenance), a sustainment approach that involves installing […]

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What does obsolesence, trains, and Embedded World 2012 have in common?

By GDCA | February 29, 2012

I must admit, I’m looking forward to the upcoming Embedded World 2012 presentation on Model Based Design and Testing of Embedded Systems for the Train & Transportation Industry by Franck Corbier, with Dassault Systèmes. Why? Because I have an old-fashioned side of me that loves nothing more than hours on a train, traveling across country. […]

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Medical Design & Manufacturing West: The conference that was bigger than I even imagined

By GDCA | February 22, 2012

As any business owner knows, you are always going to find new conferences, events, or trade shows you didn’t know about, and are really glad you discovered. Medical Design & Manufacturing West 2012 (affectionately known as MD&M West, or #MDMwest in twitter parlance) took place this past week in Southern California’s Anaheim Convention Center. The […]

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Could Stephen Hawking’s voice go end-of-life (EOL)?

By GDCA | February 8, 2012

Whether  you’re checking out his illuminating talks on the nature of the universe, theoretical cosmology and quantum gravity; watching him play himself on Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Simpsons and Futurama; or geeking out to MC Frontalot’s rap, science, and quotations; chances are you’ve heard Stephen Hawking’s iconic voice. What most people don’t realize is that while […]

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