Structural engineering is the art of molding materials we don’t wholly understand, into shapes we can’t fully analyze, so as to withstand forces we can’t really assess, in such a way that the community at large has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.— Dr. A. R. Dykes
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Category Archives: Objects
I recently picked up a USB RFID reader/writer pod to play with, partly to learn enough to be dangerous about the tech, and partly hoping to tamper with the RFIDs in the current university ID cards. I’m pretty sure I … Continue reading
I got a Samsung Galaxy S5 (The T-Mobile flavor, SM-900T) a week ago. I’m pretty pleased with it overall, but many of the impressions worth sharing are not positive, particularly of the small-but-stupid variety. Much of the animus (and credit) … Continue reading
I’ve been playing with chorded input devices for years, and got the itch again recently.
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
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
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.
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
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
The Inspiron 11-3000 I’ve been carrying around developed a rattle the other day, and today I decided to open it up.