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The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.— Frank Herbert
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Author Archives: pappp
I picked up a refurbished Dell Latitude E7250 (Dell’s “Premium” 12.5″ laptop, just over a generation out of date) because the little loaner Inspiron 11-3000 I’d been using as my carryin’ around laptop had become unacceptably shitty at essentially all … Continue reading
I’m back from SC’17, and to complete annual tradition, some thoughts: Chinese manufacturing is winning the day: The Nov’17 Top500 shows three of the top 5 and roughly 60% of the total compute power on the list are Chinese machines. … Continue reading
I built myself a little adjustable bench power supply from Chinese modules, partly because I thought it would be handy to have one, and mostly because I wanted a small, straightforward project to do for my own sanity. I set … Continue reading
I hacked together an Arduino Micro firmware that is a drop-in replacement for a Spiffchorder, long version and code below the fold.
I’m finally not living so dangerously with the data outside my Seafile-synced live set and doing proper backups of all my machines, including laptops. I’m also now storing my various media files on a RAID instead of a single large … Continue reading
A second consecutive CNC post, because I haven’t had time to write up long-form posts for months, and something requiring documentation came up today. While I’m still quite happy with LinuxCNC (especially since I discovered NativeCAM), my adviser bought himself … Continue reading
I’ve been fascinated with machine tools and mechatronics for well over a decade, and have been indulging that fascination with a series of little benchtop CNC machines since about 2008, especially since my collection of related degrees lend legitimacy to … Continue reading
Posting pictures and thoughts from SC16, because someone else might learn from them. I pushed my crappy cellphone pictures from the show into a google photos album, some of them even have comments about why they’re interesting attached. I’ll probably … Continue reading
I finally bought a G|Bomb Push|Pump setup after years of teasing myself about buying a proper hybrid distance deck. I selected it over the only other obvious contender, the Subsonic Century, mostly because as an engineer the G|Bomb design tickles … Continue reading