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The first wall goes up!

Build a Makerspace – Part 2 – Walls going up!

So the day has come. Today is that day, and that day has arrived! Ok, enough stalling, grab a damn hammer.

After much planning and plotting and estimating and… Crap, I’m doing it again. Lets get to work.

If you have not read my first post as to why I am doing all this I recommend you do so, as this task will not be an easy one and will consume your weekends for several months (That is if you have gainful employment with requirements that force you off the job from 9-5 or so.)

We started our day with a serious trip to our local big box hardware emporium depot.

The List:

  • about 50 – 2″x4″x10′ lumber
  • 350′ of 12-2 electrical wire
  • 20 outlet boxes
  • 20 electrical outlets rated for 20 Amps
  • 2 shiny new 20 Amp breakers
  • 18 rolls of faced, – insulation with tabs
  •   5000 1/4″ staples
  • 1 DeWalt Heavy-Duty Staple Gun
  • a huge box of nail gun nails
  • rented a framing nail gun. (This is what puts the POWER in power tools. For once i did not feel like a weenie wearing safety glasses and ear protection.)
  • Bought 4 – 6″ recessed lighting cans and bulbs and cones
  • 1 Tyvek Coverall Suit (Insulation installation)
  • 3M Respirator with Valve (Insulation Installation)
  • Protective eye wear
  • One huge bottle of water, this is gonna be a big day.

In all this shopping trip took about an hour and a half. cutting deeply into my budgeted time for the day. However my father in law Don showed me how to pick lumber out that will make everything easier. Check each 2×4 for straightness and bow. dotty buy crappy lumber unless you want crappy walls. when it comes time to nail a wall together you will appreciate the time you spend here VERY MUCH!

We loaded it all into my SUV and his truck and off we went home. Load out sucked as i don not have a drive under basement we had to drag all the hardware to the basement from the first floor. This killed time and caused a sore back for certain. In the end we only got one wall completed…

Much more to come in Part 3!

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Build a Makerspace – Part 1

Hi! if you are reading this then like me you are likely into the maker movement that is turning hobbies in to companies and merging  the silos of engineering, science, chemistry, design and art into a single phrase, making! This series of posts is going to detail the process that I am undertaking ignored to Make, my own Maker space in a part of my unfinished basement. This process started as a plan and has quickly become an obsession. So to see if this is relevant to you I will describe my plan, my skill set, and my goals with you to help you on your journey to create a space all your own just like I am.

The Plan

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Apple says “NO AirPlay” to owners of laptops over 24 months old in OS X 10.8 – planned obsolescence

Apple has decided that like Siri, AirPlay will be a marketing ploy that attempts to get users to upgrade their hardware.

AirPlay is the ability of an Apple device to mirror video output to a screen attached to an Apple TV. this is valuable to business professionals as an unteathered means of presenting from a computer or to end users wishing to watch movies or share photos on “the big screen from a laptop, iPhone or iPad.

Last year Apple used the personal assistant software package “Siri” as a reason to push customers with iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 devices to upgrade their phones even though the older phones were more than capable of running the software. This was the first move of its kind from Apple who previously had offered major hardware advantages as the primary reason to upgrade. This new method of pushing users to purchase new hardware is carried forward in the new Mountain Lion operating system. So what can one do?

Read more after the break.

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Google Glass : Amazing!

Google Glass is a new concept that was announced and released yesterday on their website. if you have not watched the video yet, you are missing the boat. take a look at the proof of concept video after the break to see what Google Glass is going to mean to your daily life in the near future.

Friendly, but final warning: Apple and Microsoft better pay attention.

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