They adorn the ends of Cat5 network patch cables and the flat satin cables that come

They adorn the ends of Cat5 network patch cables and the flat satin cables that come with all-in-one printers that we generally either toss in the scrap bin or throw away altogether. The blocky rectangular plugs, molded of clear plastic and holding gold-plated contacts, are known broadly as modular connectors. They and their socket counterparts have become ubiquitous components of the connected world over the last half-century or so, and unsurprisingly they had their start where so many other innovations began: from the need to manage the growth of the telephone network and reduce costs. Here’s how the modular connector got that way. For the first 80 years or so of the US telephone network, the Bell Company called all the shots. They owned absolutely every bit of equipment in the system – the wires on the poles, the switchgear in the central offices, microwave links, and even the phone sets in customer homes. They had complete control over every aspect of the delivery of their services, and used their monopoly to build an incredibly integrated and durable system. But with great power comes great responsibility, or in the case of a complex technological system prone to breakdown ...

Careful Interconnection: A New First Mate Last Break Connector from TE Connectivity

Recently I was reading Adafruit’s information on proper support circuitry for Neopixels, and I noticed some information about how to connect and disconnect the Neopixels to a live circuit: ground first, then power, then data (connect); data, then power, then ground (disconnect). I know how easy it is to forget about connection sequence, and I can’t help but wonder if there are actually very few people who observe (or are even aware of) this recommendation. So anyways, this Neopixel thing was fresh in my mind when I came across the FMLB (first mate last break) connector series from TE Connectivity, and consequently it caught my eye. The idea here is that the connector establishes a ground connection before all the other signals come into electrical contact, and the ground connection remains after the other terminals have separated. Hence the name “first mate last break”. Credit to the product-titling folks at TE, because this name (which refers to the ground connection) is not only catchy but also informative. I have never seen a connector that provides this type of functionality, but maybe that’s simply because I’m out of the loop. Also, I should point out that the FMLB series h...

Quentin Tarantino is back with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his most unabashedly emotional movie

Quentin Tarantino is back with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his most unabashedly emotional movie ever— but how does it compare to the rest of his filmography? We decided it might be fun to look back at Quentin Tarantino’s trajectory over the course of 20-plus years helming films and try to agree on what his best film is. It quickly became obvious, this was no easy task. Before we get to the list we should mention that although Tarantino has contributed to other projects such as Four Rooms, Sin City, True Romance, ER, and CSI to name a few— we’re ranking just the theatrically released feature films he has directed. And yes, while Tarantino does consider Kill Bill one movie, it was unfortunately released both theatrically and on home video as two separate films, and so for the purpose of this list, we are splitting them up (not to mention, it’s still nearly impossible for most people to see them as a single entity). Tarantino’s homage to the road demon genre may be one-half of a double bill, but the film also works as two movies in one. You see, Death Proof offers two incarnations of the same story: two separate sets of beautiful women are stalked at different times by a psychot...

MTV VMAs live stream 2019: Watch video music awards online without cab

The apps, books, movies, music, TV shows, and art are inspiring our some of the most creative people in business this month An award-winning team of journalists, designers, and videographers who tell brand stories through Fast Company’s distinctive lens It’s hard to believe now, but back in the old days, people used to complain about MTV not showing music videos anymore. While the youth of today are surely too busy making their own videos on TikTok to care about what MTV is doing, some Gen Zers may want to take a break from their daily content-creation efforts to watch the star-studded performances on MTV’s 2019 Video Music Awards. Hosted by comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, the annual awards ceremony takes place tonight (Monday, August 26) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, with appearances by Missy Elliott, Bad Bunny, Lil Nas X, the Jonas Brothers, and Taylor Swift to name a few. You can check out the full list of honorees here. The event is slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. If you’re a cord cutter who wants to stream the 2019 VMAs live on your computer, phone, or smart TV, you have a few different options: Automatic Wire Stripper Crimping Pliers, Cold...

NASDAQ INVA traded down $0.22 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $13.22. 23,291 shares of the

NASDAQ INVA traded down $0.22 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $13.22. 23,291 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 607,842. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $14.13. Innoviva Inc has a 1-year low of $13.07 and a 1-year high of $20.54. The stock has a market cap of $1.36 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 3.75 and a beta of 1.63. The company has a current ratio of 66.01, a quick ratio of 66.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.93. Innoviva (NASDAQ:INVA) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, May 1st. The biotechnology company reported $0.31 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.36 by ($0.05). Innoviva had a return on equity of 1,674.72% and a net margin of 151.35%. The business had revenue of $55.18 million for the quarter. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Innoviva Inc will post 1.58 EPS for the current year. Innoviva, Inc engages in the development and commercialization of pharmaceuticals. The company has long-acting beta2 agonist (LABA) collaboration agreement with Glaxo Group Limited to develop and commercialize once-daily products for the treatment of chronic obstructiv...

Madison marks half-century anniversary as nation’s first municipal recycling program | Politics and Elections

Sunny early then increasing clouds with some scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. High 81F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.. A city of Madison recycling truck dumps its contents on the tipping floor at the Pellitteri Waste Systems sorting facility Friday. It’s been half a century since the city launched its curbside recycling program, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.  Workers at Pellitteri Waste Systems separate garbage and other contaminants from recyclable material collected by city trucks Friday. Bails of aluminum await shipment at Pellitteri Waste Systems. Last year, Pellitteri processed nearly 19,000 tons of recyclable material collected by the Madison streets department, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its recycling program. A worker empties a container at the “tipping floor” of Pellitteri Waste Systems, where much of the city’s recyclables are processed. Bails of plastic await shipment at Pellitteri Waste Systems in Madison. Pellitteri sorts recyclable materials collected by city workers and markets them to companies that process them for reuse.  Workers at Pellitteri Waste Systems separate garbage and ot...

Trendy clothing kids will obsess over this back to school season

CNN Underscored partnered with Walmart to create this paid content. CNN news staff is not involved at all in the selections or product reviews. For more on what we do and how we do it, visit our About Us page. Fashion is famously fickle, and so are children. And with back to school season fast approaching, you can expect the kids in your household to be susceptible to the latest gusts and minutest breezes of the fashion tradewinds. Fashion is about expressing yourself, after all. Kids are telling us some amazing things about themselves through what they wear, if we’ll just listen. So instead of tearing out your hair and pining for the good ol days of school uniforms, what if the annual back-to-school clothes shopping tradition became an opportunity to listen, learn, and connect. It’s got the slim profile of a classic sneaker and the razzmatazz of a glitterbomb. What’s not to love? The ears, the unicorn horn, the clear plastic shell—it’s pretty much the platonic ideal of what little-girl-us would have loved. The flannel camp shirt is an all-American classic, and it’s never too early to get your little youngster started off with the classics. 365 Kids...

Kiefel to present Thermoforming solution for thin-walled packaging

Kiefel is a pioneer in the field of thermoforming and is one of the leading solution providers in the thin-walled packaging sector. The company supports its customers in every aspect concerning packaging solutions from a single source: from material and product development, sample production to the installation of complete production lines with thermoforming machines, tools, and automation equipment. The company will showcase its innovative technologies at Chinaplas in Guangzhou. Kiefel to present many new technologies including an Automatic Pressure Forming Machine KMD 78.1 Premium. These KMD Speedformer pressure forming machines are flexible in the production of food or non-food articles, versatile with all common thermoforming materials – regardless of whether handling PP, PE, PS APET or CPET. Thermoformed products protect, preserve and display food and have to meet functions such as rim for sealing, rims for tightly fitting lids, etc. Kiefel was the forerunner in integrated plug-assist drive and BFS system in KMD type machine addressing increasing product challenges. The machines have a modular design and are configurable for customer’s requirements. Another new technology ...