#195 – Guns and Mobile Labs – Nuanced Nomadic Non-essentials


Suitcase Full Of Books

Next week on the show, we’ll have LTSpice guru Mike Englehardt. You can ask him questions over on our subreddit.

Thanks to Elizabeth M for the picture of a suitcase


  1. says

    I would be careful about packing a gun into your portable lab. You might be able to get through airport security easily, but once you’re on the ground you will need to be very aware of the local gun laws. In some areas you can’t be within a certain distance from a school, inside a restaurant, etc. with a gun. I would just organize stuff really well and pack it in a checked bag.

    • says

      I have to say…when I travel, I’m not usually hanging out near schools nor inside restaurants with my lab gear.

      I get the sentiment and I appreciate the concern, but this is all just posturing and pointing out the absurdity of the situation in order to guarantee a bag gets there without incident.

  2. support@aristoservice.com says

    So thanks for putting the volume control back on the audio player, but there are still some issues with this player. When I start the stream it tells me there is 1:16.34 but when I get to say 41:00 and slide it over to 43:00 it skips to the end 1:16. Is the audio stream 1:16 and am I missing something or is this a bug?

  3. Charlie says

    About the Nest thing, I worked many years in home automation in high profile homes and designed and deployed very complex systems, integrating light, shades, audio, video, etc. with GUIs in touch panels, tablets and smartphones, but, always, wired keypads (with real buttons) having the basic functionalities were installed in intuitive locations such as where light switches normally are. This was because of two main reasons, first, so that anyone such a guest or whoever could operate lights and systems in normal way, and second, because of reliability. If you rely only on the el cheapo wifi conectivity to control the lights, be prepared to sleep with the lights on.

    Also, it is crucial to understand limits on what should be integrated and what not.

    About Google, check http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27060531

    Saludos, Charlie.

  4. says

    For you internet/office situation you might try looking for office building that had a floor converterted into a datacenter. You should be able to get an uplink from a backbone proivider or local isp. Most datacenters you can get a 100m or greater connection for under $100.

    You can even get 10gbps at most dcs but it will cost $700+

    Anyways maybe worth a a shot:

  5. Steven says

    Dave, if you are looking at moving, there is one thing you are going to miss. The junk room in your building. This should be on your wish list for your next place.

  6. says

    I recently setup an updated lab for myself and it is much more efficient. I wish I could get some time away from my work to go to any of the robotics events. I’ve always wanted to see the new creations in-person.

  7. says

    I was lucky enough to go to Shenzhen for Ian’s hackercamp and did the mobile phone repair classes that were mentioned in this episode, and his comment to Chris about dry solder paste would be because they use normal solder paste and then blot it on toilet paper to remove as much of the moisture as possible. The paste itself is the normal stuff you buy in tubs. On the first day the instructor had us put solder paste on toilet paper and squeeze it to dry it out, then on the second day when we came back he said that it would be even better now because it had been sitting out exposed on the toilet paper overnight! A little bit different to keeping it in a perfectly clean temperature controlled environment like the datasheet says :-)

  8. jcg says

    >and my role will be more public facing than my normal role as an engineer

    Bragging about having a window in your cubicle isn’t nice. May you boss have pointy hair!


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