Another inspiring day at work in the life of a technology enthusiast in the year 2012.
Today I ran the social media stream for the iFixit twitter account while the Dozuki team (specifically Kyle Wiens) pitched the product at DEMO Spring 2012. It was really fun. I had a good setup on my two-screen setup at my desk, and I kept a pretty decent stream of content flowing the whole time.
After the initial presentation, I did some follow-up tweets and then decided to hold a giveaway contest: a free custom-laser-engraved iFixit 54 Bit Driver Kit to a randomly selected retweeter/mentioner of @Dozuki. I received a stack of entries, picked one at random by opening a separate browser tab for each entry, then tabbing through each with my head turned until I lost any notion of which tab I was on then stopped. I chose a gentleman from Portugal (who was a very happy and gracious winner), engraved his custom message with the laser cutter, and put it in a box and shipped it out. It was easy to do. I hope he enjoys it; no one else has a custom-engraved kit like that in the iFixit-sphere.
I got a free avocado from a new girl at work. We were chatting in the kitchen about this and that, and she offered it to me. Oops, and I forgot to take it out of my briefcase when I got home. I’ll just do that now…
I have begun writing posts without first writing a title. I think that gives me incentive to write what’s on my mind and not box what I’m thinking into a clever title beforehand. Hopefully, anyway.
So today I finished those iFixit signs for the office. That was a major project for me, one that I alluded to in my previous post but didn’t mention by name because I wanted to make it its own post.
Finishing that was a great ego boost. Coworkers commended me for my effort, and that is always a nice feeling. I think the signs add an element of professionalism and elegance to the office that hasn’t been there since the company moved in over a year ago. Granted, I wasn’t there for the majority of that time, but I have heard many accounts of how the paper signs made everyone feel. It was a feeling of “temporariness” and “unprofessionalism,” to put it in two succinct words. Finishing those signs was my meager way of trying to boost the company’s ego. I hope it does.
Plus, I got a chance to play with a CNC machine, which has long been a yearning of mine. In case you’re unfamiliar with CNC, it stands for computer numerical control and is used to control machinery, typically those with axes that build or cut in three dimensions. Now, I am proficient in how to use the laser cutter, and I can make any number of cool things, provided I have the design in a compatible format. It’s really empowering to know how to operate a piece of machinery like that. With this knowledge combined with my previous experiences with Makerbot and other machines that use gcode and other CNC languages, I am sure to go far in this field (at least from a hobbyist/enthusiast standpoint).
I designed them in Adobe Illustrator, imported them to RetinaEngrave, cut them out of acrylic sheets using the MLE-40 laser cutter from Full Spectrum Laser, and glued them to a frosted clear acrylic sheet with clear silicon adhesive/sealant.
The acrylic and stainless steel standoffs are from TAP Plastics, and the hardware was bought at the local ACE Hardware (Miner’s in SLO).