In this blog, we talk about a recent photography project turned into a power supply building frenzy.
New to us, the project involved some product photography work. With no experience, the team scrambled to assemble light box, staff brought in their own camera from home. While we thought we have everything ready, we noticed nowadays digital cameras do not come with AC power supply. This is absurd!
Recently, our workshop completed some OS and software upgrades. Here we are posting some field notes on setting up an internal mail relay server, which is one of many long overdue tasks. Hopefully this will benefit anyone working on similar projects.
Why mail relay?
Here in our shop, besides regular desktop workstations which are Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird based, we also have quite a few “low-tech” network devices that communicate using SMTP. These devices such as UPS, Multi-Function Printers, Nagios and Security Cameras all use SMTP for alert and notifications.
We have this starter for about 8+ years, it is a great product and the motor is running very strong. Originally converted it to NiCd cordless (15.6V) system but during years of usage, the NiCd have passed their life span and no longer take/hold charge well. Starting helicopter has becoming more and more a frustration process. Emmm… Time for a new design.
Here is the current setup.
Sullivan Dynatron S603 Super Power Starter
Custom plexiglass bracket battery holder
Multiple no-name NiCd batteries are from the nineties ( 2 x 7.2 in parallel) + (2 x 8.4 in parallel) in serial
If you need to view larger photos, go to our Flickr page.
Worth mentioning was the plexiglass mount , loved the design and fabrication. The K&S rubber battery holder mount underneath it securely. Anyhow, it is now retired. Did I mention there were a couple of times the switch blade arc welded itself together?
Home Depot, Rona and Canadian Tire store do carry some stock for emergency use. Caution, they are not cheap.
Generally speaking, they are not bare stock for milling purposes. All aluminum material are already anodized in good finish. The sticker indicates material are imported by H. Paulin & Company Limited and stock originated from China and Taiwan.
Using computer, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and modeling software; Not only we can visualize our design, we now can test, assemble and see how the parts fit before we start making them. Dramatically reduce error and bad design as a result. In this blog, we want to assist beginners by sharing our views on using these technologies, knowing the basics and transitioning your design from screen to a real part.
After spending countless hours to complete a new web project for your client, your PHPs are lined up and FileZilla is ready for action. The most shocking moment would be finding your client’s ISP offers only a low-end File Manager. Oh boy! just WordPress 3.1.0 alone equals to 82 folders and 835 files nowadays.
How about a reverse FTP transfer process and have the web server come to you for the files? We found some scripts from the Binary Taskforce web team development toolbox that may help. Read on…
Google SketchUp is 3D modeling tool, the software is free for anyone to use and is available for download directly from Google website. The current version is 8.0 and is compatible with Windows XP and above also Mac OS X (10.5 and above).
Home workshop offers far more flexibility in design and customizations, it is a part of your home to begin with. Do what you want to it, just make sure to leave space for the TV and beer keg dispenser.