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The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.— H. L. Mencken
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Category Archives: DIY
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’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.
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
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
Some years ago the KAOS lab bought a number of Netgear WNR3500L routers to use as network glue. A pair of them have been in constant service since 2011 in the lab and machine room, and both of those died … Continue reading
One of my previous posts about my Singer attracted an email conversation with another owner about the swing-arm mechanism on the no. 42 cabinet. Unfortunately, the end-of-semester insanity struck before the matter was settled, and I am still unsatisfied with … Continue reading
In another episode of fixing things for the Cameras as Computing Systems class I’m taking, I made a PKGBUILD that apparently correctly builds and installs chdk-ptp on Archlinux systems. Chdk-ptp is a tethered-control application for Canon cameras running CHDK, that … Continue reading