The silence of the lamps.

Sooo…what have I been up to? Well, pretty busy, actually.

(in no particular order):

CAD/CAM:

Been playing with FUSION 360. Surprisingly easy to begin with, altough as like any other CAD/CAM software, you can get easily lost on advanced projects.

Also, its free for hobbyists, so, a no brainer.

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CNC:

Why play with fusion? Well, finally managed to use the cnc router I had bought two years ago.

It has limits, especially compared against my manual milling machine, but can work 6061 aluminium easily, wich should be enough for many things.

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Time Machine:

Been building a sputtering rig to deposit thin film metals and other substances in interesting substrates.

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Coding:

As much as I hate coding, since I spend 14h in a train every other weekend, I have managed to get used to fire Mplab and feel comfortable around it.

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Boxing:

No, not sporting, I still much prefer bicicles and running, thanks. I meant making boxes.

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Travel:

Been investigating my new living place with my girlfriend, and found tons of abandonalia to visit.

I even opened a new blog to track every lost place I can get around to. (And some industrial bits and boobs)

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So…been doing things, just not feeling about writing anything down, however, now that I own a more powerful smartphone, I can blog from mostly anywhere, wich makes my life easier, as for to keep blogging, because even if noone reads it, its a good mental exercise.

See you soon!

Thoughts sharing 001: Haptic Illiteracy

Today I was buying groceries. Among them, a melon (elven for friend, you know). Since it is a self-service section I had to weigh it to get it priced (and barcoded). A (foreign, more on that later) woman was weighing some cucumbers in front of me.

She kept gently clicking the resistive screen like it was a tablet, however TPV’s (selling stations) mostly use resistive screens, wich are immune to water droplets and similars, but, as you know require a noticeable amount of pressure to properly work. Obviously, the screen didn’t respond to her commands, and altough I tried to say to her that it required more force, she didn’t understand me.

Only after a minute or so of OCD screen pressing, she did manage to exert enough force to trigger it, Then proceeded to repeat the process in the second menu. ¬¬

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It was one similar to this one.

The thing is, once she had finally got her item priced and was leaving, told me: -“doesn’t work very well [the scale]”. Her face was priceless when she saw me troublefree getting my melon pricing.
And I wonder, she was probably around my age (34) so she has had to have seen and used resistive touchscreens before.

Maybe it’s me that I can clearly see the diference between a resistive and a capacitive screen (one is somewhat foggy and plasticky, whereas the other is more or less just a glass. But still makes me think at wich point do we forget how previous technologies work.

BTW, my melon was 3€ and 27 cents.