My New 30-year Old Jet 1024 Lathe

Monday, January 28, 2013
Late '70s Jet 1024P Lathe

This weekend I picked up an old (presumably late '70s) Jet 1024P lathe. Surprisingly, there is little or no info on the internet about this machine. I suspect I'm not the only one having trouble finding the information, therefore, as I'm working through the lathe, I will be posting detailed write-ups and pictures.

Gumdrop Case to Make Galaxy Tab Garage-Worthy

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
7" Galaxy Tab 2 in Gumdrop Protective Case
Swarf-covered mill or lathe is hardly the an ideal environment for a brand-new Android tablet. I have a bit of OCD when it comes to keeping my toys in mint condition, therefore the first order of business for me was getting a protective case for my brand-spanking-new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. None of the local stores carried any cases that looked remotely rugged. Online, though, there are several cases that looked promising, ranging from $10 for a generic silicone case to $70 for a top-of-the line Otterbox. At the end I took a bit of a shot in the dark and ordered one of the Gumdrop Drop Tech cases four around $60.

Choosing an Android Tablet for the DRO Application

When I started the Android Digital Readout project my only tablet was a rooted B&N Nook Color. At that time it was one of the few tablets that could be had for under $300, but it came with a few limitations. First of all, it required rooting to be usable, which voided the warranty etc. Second, the Bluetooth was included “by accident”. While Bluetooth was a part of the wireless chip, the feature was not fully implemented on the hardware level, and was lacking an antenna. This reduced the range to a few feet at most. Finally, even the custom ROMs only went up to Android v2.3 [Gingerbread]. There is nothing inherently wrong with this particular version, but Honeycomb (3.0) and Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) have much better tablet support.

Android Digital Readout Micro FAQ

Monday, January 7, 2013
Since I first posted the screenshot of my Android DRO app I've received a lot of questions and feedback. Additionally, there have been discussions about the project on several forums and groups I read. In this post I will try to provide some answers and explanations as a mini-FAQ.