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There's been a lot of talk on shabaz's blog for his pick and place buddy recently and this gave me the motivation to get on with the very similar project I have been planning. There are some great ideas in that project and the subsequent discussions which will definitely enhance what I was planning and as a result of the inspiration from there have come up with a bunch of additional ideas for things I would like to add to my own. This will be the first blog of several as I go through the design ...
I thought I would give a brief overview of my current lab setup to show the equipment I use and how I have things configured, and outline how I want to change things etc, and what additional equipment I would like to have which will lead into a future blog post outlining some of the projects I am planning to augment my current setup. I should note that what you cant see in the picture below is that the other side is another two desks with my other computers on them which is where I do most of my ...
1. Overview   To maximise available space on my benches for actual electronics work, my lab bench PC is a tiny Gigabyte BRIX BXBT-1900 which I have mounted on the wall behind the bench. The monitor is then a 24" flat panel display mounted on an arm to keep it off the bench. I'm running the latest Linux Mint 18 with the Cinnamon display manager. From an efficient utilization of space point of view this works really well and I can move the monitor around on its arm so the display is flat to ...
1. Overview   In my engineering setup I have a lot of various physical machines, virtual machines, and servers. I tend to work mostly on my Mac laptop and access the other machines on my network remotely via SSH. This can lead to having to type passwords in quite often so I finally decided it was time to update my setup so that I can use my SSH keys to authenticate my connections from my laptop to my other machines.   There are a couple of reasons I decided to do this:   Enhanc ...