I have a friend who is studying instrument making, here are some pics of a guitar she was working!
She'll be doing an apprenticeship in #Glasgow 🏴 in August, and is looking for some nice people to stay with.
You? Someone you know? DM me!
Morning! Those of you who know me from Twitter will know that for ten years now I have run a weekly photographic challenge called #SundayPix. Each week I set a theme and people post their photos, videos or artwork to match the theme. I see no reason why you lot shouldn't join in the fun too.
The theme today is "House". Post your pictures with the hashtag #SundayPixHouse
Aviation, the language of lights
A fun little tidbit on how pilots communicate to each-other using lights. Planes have different sets of lights, and here is what they mean.
Navigation Lights (red in left, green on right, white behind): The main master switch is on.
Beacon Lights (red or white rotating, usually on the top of the tail): Either the engines are running or are about to start.
Taxi Lights (white, sometimes on the nose wheel): Either the plane is moving or is intending to move.
Strobe Lights (white flashing lights on the wingtips): Either the plane is in the air, or is on or intending to be on an active runway.
Handspring Visor retro PDA
Handspring Visor resurrection is not a success.
* Hangs on connecting with cradle to desktop USB.
* After booting up and calibrating stylus input, hangs after random amount of time.
In these cases, Hang means fail to respond to on-off switch, even after removing and reinstalling batteries. Only recovers after leaving for some hours with batteries removed, and boots up to initial calibration process. No effect from strip down, clean and check connectors.
Visor Handspring retro PDA
Much frustration over last couple of weeks when I couldn't find my old Visor Handspring and join the retro personal organiser trail like @kelbot and his ilk.
Today stumbled upon an old storage box in the garage marked PC Hardware, and joy of joys,the little fella still exists, complete with usb cradle for sync.
Time to check it over and put some AAAs into it. If it works I'll hook it up to my old WinXP workshop lappie and let them chat.
How to do vector network analysis without really doing it, using only a power meter or other scalar instruments.
First, use a power meter with a predetermined complex impedance to measure the reflected power or SWR. Ideally, Γ is complex and you get a single point on the Smith Chart. Unfortunately, without phase, you get |Γ| instead of Γ, the best you can do is drawing a circle enclosing all the possible complex impedance values that give the same reflection magnitude.
Next, use another power meter with a known but different complex impedance, (possibly by deliberately introducing a mismatch), repeat. You get another circle. Finally, use yet another (mismatched) power meter, and you get yet another circle.
Finally, the unique solution of the complex impedance is found at the intersection point of the three circles. Basically the theoretical foundation of a six-port reflectometer. #electronics #amatuerradio #hamradio
Wanting to take notes with non-dominant hand while using controls with dominant [right]. Left hand writing with pen was miserable fail.
Also experimenting with finger-writing on android tablet...
Find I can finger-write as well with left hand as right. Win!
I guess it's using a pen that is the problem for my LH, not writing.
Did you know that one of the ways Android and IOS reduce energy consumption is by using a unified system-level notification provider?
UnifiedPush is FOSS implementation of the same idea that could help projects such as #pinephone and #linuxphones in general by providing both a framework to reduce battery consumption and a more unified interface to code notifications on.
If you follow FOSS, would you please boost?
There is a UK gov web service for a particular toll bridge crossing account I have been using since 2014. I am curious to know when they will have enough confidence to take it out of Alpha, having used it for millions of actual payments over 8 years. Its predecessor (Dart Tag) was marked ALPHA for the whole of its life starting some time before 2011.
New French Law Requires Car Commercials to Tell People to Walk or Bike Instead - https://www.thedrive.com/news/43727/france-will-require-car-ads-to-tell-people-to-walk-or-bike-instead
@RobinHood unironically yes.
The idea that everyone ought to be exceptionally clever or hardworking is one of the most profoundly corrosive parts of mainstream culture.
I'm seriously considering opening introduction for any informal trainings I might run by saying "this class is dumbass-positive."
Plucks a single guitar note, letting it ring out without interference.
Sews an internal combustion engine, with a leather cased electronic ignition module.
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