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The JKI Blog, led by justin.goeres, has been selected as the April 2012 Blog of the Month. The blog was started in 2009 with the intent of improving communication with friends and customers who use LabVIEW. Many of JKI’s engineers have a high level of involvement in the LabVIEW community and they decided it would be important to have an official blog in order to keep their own users aware of what was going on with JKI. Justin says: “we want the blog to be a window into JKI more than a way to just reach out”.


Check out a couple of their previous blogs titled Pass Your CLD/CLA Exams the JKI Wayand an especially unique one, sarcastically titled LabVIEW Sucks. In relation to NI Week, Justin says, “we’re working on some cool new stuff related to that, and will be posting about it in the next few weeks”. He also mentioned that they have recently started running guest posts by talented LabVIEW developers. So if you have a subject you would like to write about, get in contact with him and you could end up on the JKI blog!






For the March 2012 Blog of the Month, we would like to recognize BMac's Power Electronics Development Center Blog. This blog is dedicated to power electronics design, prototyping, commercialization, HIL validation and testing using graphical system design tools. Posts range from software demonstration videos to best practes and recommended downloads, helping it become one of the most highly visited blogs in the past several months.




This month’s Blog of the Month is The NXT STEP, a blog for news and information on the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT system. With several contributors to the blog, it takes on many different perspectives and looks at a wide variety of projects. It even has a section devoted to building instructions.




When I asked Damien Kee, the current editor, about the blog he said that it “strives to both inspire young kids with ideas and projects that are manageable through some of the most incredible creations”. The blog started when the blog founder, Jim Kelly, got his kit and found that no-one else was talking about it online. This made it difficult to find information and inspiration. Jim’s blog was initially about his experiences, but soon turned into a community where people could bounce ideas off one another.


Be on the lookout for one of The NXT STEP blog contributors on our very own NI Community: bazmati.


Happy 2012 Blog of the Month, NI Community! You may have noticed that we missed December, so we made sure to start off the New Year with an exciting blog by a hobbyist working on a big project and utilizing LabVIEW.


The L-1011 Project


Curd Zechmeister's L-1011 Project is a blog documenting his venture into creating a replica of a Lockheed L-1011 cockpit. Earlier in life, his dreams of being a pilot went by the wayside, but recently he had the opportunity to take part in a flight simulation and decided that in order to recapture the experience, he would rebuild a cockpit of his own. The blogging project was started as a way to document this endeavor, as a reference while building, but also to reach out for suggestions and collaboration from any like minded hobbyists.




Curd takes a great interest in the combination of the mechanical devices and the computer equipment in this project. LabVIEW has been an integral part of his project as he uses it to drive the cockpit equipment that can be 30 or more years old. Before utilizing LabVIEW, he was writing complicated interface software that was simplified by LabVIEW's network integration.


In the future, we can look forward to seeing posts by Curd about several of the milestones in the project. We wish him all the best in getting a cockpit shell and look forward to seeing the pictures when he does! I would encourage you to check out his blog and interact with him as he is interested in suggestions and getting anybody involved that has an interest in doing so.