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Member Since 27 May 2009
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In Topic: #christmas

31 December 2015 - 02:33 AM

The usual. Spending Christmas at my girlfriends parents than at my parents' place (delaying Christmas Eve so it fits for everyone). Giving and receiving gifts. I can understand why many people don't like this giving thing, I always struggle hard with figuring out what to buy. But it's just lazy not to give something. I got a citar (musical instrument), my girlfriend got a sewing machine, and the usual other stuff.


At my parents' place, we always sing one specific carol. I like Christmas food, I like the fact that it's a holiday so it's straightforward to gather the family together for days, no need to rush with schedule, I miss Ben Hur though, I don't know why they have removed that from the TV programme after decades...

I like watching the two younglings (1.5 and 2.5 y.o.) in the family opening up the presents.


One additional thing I did was finishing, photographing and filming my latest Lego design.



So yup, I like Christmas, with all its "social obligations". Though I have to note, that (at least in our country) there is no social obligation to give presents or to greet anyone outside the family.

In Topic: 3D printer for hobby robotics

21 December 2015 - 02:09 AM

Can't one just buy stock gears and wheels? Maybe not, I'm not sure, but I would definitely go for stock parts instead of machining for myself. Maybe you could even utilize toll manufacturing as a private individual. I can imagine that small companies would do that even in case of small volumes. A decent 3D printer would still be much expensive.

In Topic: Two or more monitors

19 December 2015 - 11:04 AM

It's a little amazing that employers will pay tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages to an employee, but balk at spending a few hundred on tools and equipment and training that can multiply that worker's output.

In the company I work, it's the opposite. Amazing amount of money is spent on equipments and overhead expenses on equipment that need not to be operated all the time if used more efficiently, yet they just won't hire people in some small but important departments (like our test department) so that there would be hope to complete the huge amount of tasks (I have projects that are in two years delay...).

In Topic: Two or more monitors

19 December 2015 - 10:53 AM

At work I have two monitors (the laptop and an additional big one, I can't tell sizes by heart), and I find it very useful. The reason is that work usually involves doing a lot of tasks at once. Best example is writing a test report which involves copying stuff from excel tables with results/calculations to the report, reading off values from curves in a data analysis software and writing the result in the same or another excel, looking at documentations/drawings, making explanation schematics in Paint using screenshots or snapshots from the documentation, browsing emails for collecting data/dates/document numbers, etc etc. It would be very tiring to always use the taskbar to find the necessary window out of the 15 opened stuff.


I prefer more windows to a single large screen because I can quickly rearrange windows and make them maximized on each window without careful movements and resizing, plus vertical motion is not for my eyes and neck.


Unfortunately, for doing tests that requires a computer, I can only use the laptop alone. In many cases doing a test doesn't require continuous interaction with the setup, so I can work on something else, but this is pretty frustrating with the small and single monitor. Unfortunately, we can't just lay back and drool while the test goes by itself, because our bosses freak out when they see us "doing nothing".


Edit: I have to add that I'm not a programmer, I am a test engineer in a machine manufacturing company.

In Topic: Rising sea's

05 December 2015 - 01:25 AM

Plus the world it's self is a magnetic engine. Like when the space shuttle towed a copper line behind it energy to have.

What do you mean by that? To get energy from the magnetic field too?