Part of a future project !
Category Archives: #Maker
Great book that I am reading: “Bullshit Jobs: A Theory”
This book by David Graeber should be read by technologist and anyone who is interested in systems and processes.
Fumes in ABS 3D printing is real
Seriously. I am going to have to set print jobs after hours. This thing is definitely different to PLA.
The project that I am printing for is a dashboard camera called vEye.
A useless machine….
“If you can’t build a useless machine, how can you build a useful one ?”
– Stanford Mings
My voice communications configuration
Spent some time, but I got my voice communications system up. Tested it and now feel confident that I can stay in touch, wherever I am in the globe, at least wherever there is a GlobalStar Satellite coverage.
My configuration is this :
- Sprint Samsung S7 Smartphone
- 8×8 Polycom Handset
- AT&T Prepaid ZTE Z22 Flip phone( I love the ability to flip the phone to end the call)
- GlobalStar Qualcomm GSP-1600 Satellite handset
- Computer with Internet Access (I use an AT&T Mifi hotspot)
My Sprint phone number is linked with my Google Voice account. For this, you have to have a number with an area code in one of the 50 states. I haven’t tried Puerto Rico.
This linking gives you a lot of features. The most important one is the ability to forward calls to verified phone numbers. In my case, I have a SkypeIn #, an 8×8 phone service, and a GlobalStar Satellite phone. With this feature, calls coming to my Sprint #, ring on all these devices.
To make use of a prepaid GoPhone for use on the AT&T service, I configured the SkypeIn number to forward to the local AT&T number. I wanted this configuration, because when I travel to a location outside of the US, I can just get a local number and then configure Skype to forward to this number.
Is this configuration expensive ? Yes ! However, what is more expensive, is the lack of communications in my line of business.
Over time, I will figure out ways of optimizing this configuration for both cost and dependence on various service providers.
I build for me….
I build tools for my use. Hardware, Software, and services. I build not to sell, rent and/or give to others. One cannot solve the problems of others, until she can solve her own.
While I am supporter of Free Software, both beer and freedom, I most importantly support the freedom to do what you want. This is because I don’t want anyone telling me what to do with my life.
If I follow your instructions, know that it is because I deem it in my own best interest. Our goals have been aligned. Nothing more, nothing less.
Automata theory is the study of abstract machines and automata, as well as the computational problems that can be solved using them. It is a theory in theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics (a subject of study in both mathematics and computer science). The word automata (the plural of automaton) comes from the Greek word αὐτόματα, which means “self-acting”.
Veranda to dish….
On June 20th, I took the step to self reliance and purchased an vertical aeroponics system from Al Henry [firstname.lastname@example.org] a local(USVI) hydroponics system maker and this weekend harvested the first of many produce.
Here is the system
Plants are :
Thyme & Oregano
This is a time lapse of the system(click on image to start animation):
And the resulting meal that used produce from the system.
Heat shrink tubing alternative
That awkward moment when you realize you could have saved a bunch of money on heat shrink tubing by just holding on to the straws from all the drinking that you have done at bars and restaurants.