Don’t waste time trying to get a credit card from big companies if you don’t have a credit history in US. Ask people around you who has a discover card for help. He can recommend you to the card company. It is super easy to get a discover card as long as you have a stable monthly income. If you successfully applied for a discover credit card by following the link in your friend’s recommendation email, both of you will get some cash back from the company.» Read full story ...
The Rigol DS6104 oscilloscope I purchased with my start-up arrived today. It
has no touch screen, but the price is 1/3 of those from big companies. The CD
attached contains the software and drivers to operate the oscilloscope through
USB or LAN. The readme file tells you to download USB driver from NI first.
But it is misleading. One just need to extract files from \SOFTWARE\Ultra Sigma(PC)Installer.rar using 7z, run setup.exe and all drivers from NI will be installed automatically.
The stand-alone bench oscilloscope in practice is better than cheap USB ones.
The later normally has very poor front-end electronics, low sampling rate and narrow bandwidth. Picotech provides high-end USB oscilloscopes. Given the same price, USB ones provides higher precision, more memory, more functions and better data logging, but less bandwidth and sampling rate than bench oscilloscopes.
Oct 30, 2014 living
One can work as a postdoc in US with two types of visa: J-1 and H-1B. No matter which type, she is required to apply for a Social Security Number, or SSN in short, ten days after her entering US. SSN is used for the US government to record her salary payment for tax purpose. It is also needed for many other services, optionally or mandated, such as driving test, enrollment of health benefits, etc. One can find a nearby agency on http://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ to apply for it. The ten-day period is needed for her entrying information being updated in the government’s system.» Read full story ...
A postdoc in Japan can already apply for regular funding individually. The easiest one is called “Young Scientist B”. It can only be applied for by individuals below 39 without any other fund. The total amount of fund is below 5M Yen. The average rate to get funded is about 28%. Another one with similar amount of money is called “Challenging Exploratory Research”. It is slightly harder to get, but is not exclusive as “Young B”. One can apply for this one together with “Young Scientist A”, which provides up to 50M Yen for individuals below 39. If you are above 39, the easiest one would be “Scientific Research C”. It provides the same amount of money as “Young B” without any limit on age.» Read full story ...