Sunday, June 22, 2014

Securing the Couch

To keep the couch from sliding around, but keeping it a little bit away from the wall so the leather won't get scuffed, I came up with these simple but effective collars cut from 1" oak with a 2-1/8" hole cut in them with a hole saw.  Theoretically the couch could jump out of these, but I don't think it will, because it's heavy enough, and 1" of vertical bump seems unlikely.  I will find out.
This seemed like a better approach that others I was considering, because the couch can easily be repositioned if I want to move it, just by lifting it out of the collars.

Drill Holder

I came up with a great way to store my trusty DeWalt drills so they're quickly accessible, don't take up room elsewhere, and can be secure.

I cut a piece of 3" ABS plastic pipe to 12" length, then set the fence and ran it through the table saw, flipping it end-for-end, such that the slot in the pipe is just over 2" wide, which is just right for my DeWalt drills without hitting the forward/reverse button on the side.  Your mileage may vary.

I still need to secure the drills from sliding out when the trailer is underway, but that's a little thing. I'm quite happy with the way they turned out.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Raspberry Pi

I brought up the world's smallest computer (more or less) that runs Linux -- the famed Raspberry Pi.  The MOUSE is larger than the computer.  It's nothing short of amazing!

See that little tiny thing about the size of a credit card with a bunch of wires connected to it?  In the top photo, it is between the mouse and the keyboard.  That's the computer.  The cords are USB (for mouse and keyboard), the white cord is HDMI to the monitor, and the one in the back is a microUSB cord that goes to a power adaptor and provides power.  If you don't already have a Raspberry Pi , you should get one, if for not other reason than they just cost $25 (or $37 for the more useful B model) and they will have historic value not long from now...

Adding in Equipment

It's a mess, but I've got things running in the lab now, including:

  • internal WiFi network that bridges to an external network through an external antenna that pokes out through a hole in the trailer, since the sheet metal sheathing blocks most WiFi signal from getting through. I chose a PepLink PepWave , which is an awesome device. I also bought this external antenna extension to poke through the exterior. It works great!

  • A Monitor Arm Mount that supports two monitors and articulates.  Awesome.
  • Got one of my iMacs running on the network and the 120v power. It is also running Parallels and Windows XP and on top of that ... Solidworks!