I recently acquired a free broken laptop and have been diagnosing its repair. The keyboad and screen were shot and it needs a charger. The parts should be in this week, after which I’ll have a tool capable of word processing at least. This has put me on a line of thought of building a case for the laptop which would allow me to carry the laptop, a mouse and the charger. Ideally, the case would also act as a sort of desk for using the computer, thus I’d like to have a place to...
I didn’t want to use up the photo space on the project page explaining the keyboard mechanism, so I’ll do it here. This blog refers to my Shesk project here. At first I thought I’d just get a drawer slide to allow the keyboard tray to be pulled out or stowed, but the clearance required would have made the unit too tall and make it look too boxy. I wanted to preserve the shelf look of the unit. I tried to find an under-mount drawer slide—the expensive kind, b...
Hello Everyone. Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m sorry for not being around. There has been a lot going on for awhile now. Some of it has been the projects. Not enough money to purchase Lumber to be able to Toy around with some new projects. Some of it has been in the hospital for a week getting my Gallbladder removed. Some of it has been my Old Lady being in the Hospital first with phnumonia and now back in with Cellulitus in her legs. And also the last thing was we we...
Woodworking Technologies: A Programmer's Perspective #1: Technology and Wood: My first thoughts of a new horizon.
Our journey starts nearly nine months ago when I first started working for a woodworking tool dealership.Before that time I only had a small amount of experience in the construction industry dealing with nail guns, band saws, circular saws and the like. Soon the sheer spectrum of what all woodworking as a whole meant became apparent and remarkably interesting. Suddenly there was a plethora of amazing technologies not yet exposed to me in the environment of a sterile server room. An opened ...
I thought it would be cool to follow up and post the finished product of my Virtual Pinball Experience. It actually turned out so good that I got asked multiple times whether we gutted an actual pinball machine to build this. There’s also a short video so you can see it in action. Thanks for looking!
Well . . . I jumped ship from Windows to Apple. After working with windows from 3.1 thru 7 I slid a Mac Pro in next to the Dell M90. It is a different, very different experience. I spent a lot of time at the Apple store, trying to do some of the kinds of things that i use a computer for. The people were very helpful with questions, and left me alone to “putz”. I finally took the plunge! I decided to try to totally stop thinking Windows and approach the Apple as if it was my...
To begin I have to thank all who read and commented on my questions about buying an apple or another PC. I need to fill you in. We have five PC’s in this family, four in this house and one at our condo. My primary workhorse is a Dell M90 laptop. The hard drive is small, the processor is slow by today’s standards, and when upgraded to Windows 7 some of my older software doesn’t work. I also had to chase down some drivers for some of the attached hardware. I do use it away from home and the...
I am relatively new around here and thought I would share something I find useful. I have built a webpage that employs google’s site searching code and allows you to do google searches that searches only woodworking sites. The site is : http://sandbox.wgcinc.com/Wood/GoogWoodSearch.nsf/Start?Open The site is very simple, just select the type of search you are interested in (Suppliers, information, or Plans)Type in your search criteria just as you would any google search. The di...
A few days ago we had a disaster.NO, I mean a DISASTER.Well, our house wasn’t destroyed and nobody died, but it was terrible in another sense.Y’see, the computer I work on, here at my desk, is also the server for our little business LAN. So when my wife innocently opened an email from a good friend, Malware struck hard.And it was very sneakily malevolent. It changed all the extensions of file names ending with .exe and that halted almost everything. I couldn’t even change the extensions back ...
It begins with a friend asking me if I could make him something after learning I had completed my apprenticeship. “Yep, I can make you something, what do you have in mind?” He told me he wanted a new computer desk, because the one he’s using is uncool. The guy I apprenticed with specialized in tables and bookshelves, so that seemed right up my alley. I was enthusiastic that I could make a little money doing what I had set out to do in the first place. It was looki...
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