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ZZAAP!: Taming ESD, FRI, and EMI


A "zzap"! is the mortal enemy of today's sophisticated electronics designs. A "zzaap!" can cause a circuit to "lock up" or "hang" -delete bits form a data stream or mysteriously insert bits that aren't supposed to be there or, worst of all, cause the sudden failure of critical integrated circuits. M. Bruce Corp takes you inside the often mysterious world of electrostatic discharge (ESD), radio frequency interference (RFI, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) to show how these can cause a bewildering array of transient problems or catastrophic failures.

Title: Zzaap and the Word Master (Look & Read)


Sadly, Zzaap and the Word Master is now out of print.

Zzaap and the Word Master was commissioned by BBC Look and Read as a five-part literacy-based drama, with the novel and storybook to accompany it. My brief was to get two children trapped in a computer word game, and to give them a series of puzzles that they had to solve before they could get from level to level and, hopefully, out of the game. I had great fun with this. The enemy who draws them into the game is called Victor Virus, and his plan is to use the children’s intelligence to help him to conquer cyberspace. Virus buster Zzaap, whose main problem is that he can’t spell, hotly pursues him. He finds that he needs the help of Josie and Peter too, though he has to get them out of the game before he can zap Victor Virus. But what they all dread is having to meet the Word Master himself.