Category Archives: Objects

New Chorder

I’ve been playing with chorded input devices for years, and got the itch again recently.

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3D Printing KC Talk

I gave a quick primer on 3D printing as a Keeping Current (CS departmental) seminar yesterday. It’s not a great standalone deck but posted (in reduced quality, gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dPDFSETTINGS=/ebook -dNOPAUSE -dQUIET -dBATCH -sOutputFile=/path/to/output.pdf /path/to/input.pdf is good magic). It … Continue reading

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Lab Fridge Repair: Thinking with 3D Printing

I’m posting this because it’s such a nice example for the standard “What are 3D printers really good for?” question. When I got to the lab today, I was told the can chute in our mini-fridge was broken. Inspection showed … Continue reading

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T510 Touchpad Resurfacing

I found a forum.thinkpads thread while looking into another touchpad issue recently, and learned two important facts: The bumpy touchpad texture I never loved that had worn off my T510 is just a sticker. Those stickers are replaceable.

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It’s Complicated

I finally finished danah boyd’s recent book It’s Complicated, and It’s one of the best pieces of non-fiction I’ve read in years. I always feel there is a dramatic shortage of people equipped with both the appropriate formal methods in … Continue reading

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Singer no.42 Swingarm Repair

I’ve posted before on the slow restoration of my old 201-2 and its cabinet, last time I noted that my cabinet’s swing-arm wouldn’t auto-deploy, which prompted some discussions with other folks about the mechanism. One of those other pieces of … Continue reading

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Inspiron 11-3000 Hinge Screw Defect

The Inspiron 11-3000 I’ve been carrying around developed a rattle the other day, and today I decided to open it up.

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New Data Integrity Tools

I’ve recently added a couple tools to my standard set, and have at least a 4x improvement in the safety of my data by doing so. The process was complicated a bit because I’ve become very sensitive about only depending … Continue reading

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Quick Laptop Sleeve

I noticed I was scuffing up the not-my-laptop that I’ve been carrying, so I did a little “30 minute” sewing project (that actually took over an hour because I’m apparently retarded) after I burnt out on other things for the … Continue reading

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Inspiron 11-3000 Notes

The KAOS lab recently bought a fleet of five Inspiron 11 3000 3138[PDF Warning] (Celeron N2815/4GB/500GB)laptops. They’re tiny little machines with 8 hour claimed battery lives, they’re pretty cute and sort of obstinate. I borrowed one to play with, notes:

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