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- Dave has been troubleshooting his solar panel’s lower output
- Occam’s (engineering) razor
- Timelapse capture of the sun hitting the panels
- Data from the inverter shows a 20% output drop
- Lots of theories about what it could be. Micro cracks, like in the MJLorton video?
- Nope, turns out it was the TV antenna
- Chris and his wife were discussing their daughter’s education and the desire for a child to be curious and rigorous
- Chris gave the example of Ben Krasnow‘s video about putting traces onto plastic (which is normally made by a company by past guest Andreas Spiess)
- Article about someone leaving STEM Field because they didn’t like not knowing. “The importance of stupidity in scientific research”
- During Dave’s recent mailbag video, he reviews the Xdevs workbench
- Jay Carlson also posted about workbenches/shops, specifically using the tray method for organizing projects
- Adam Savage’s tour of Grant Imahara’s shop (RIP)
- Chris has been trying out different screw mounting methods with his 3D printing (thermal set, printing a nut into it, screw direct into plastic)
- Intel likely won’t be making auto chips
- List of different semiconductor fabricaiton facilities
- Demos over deadlines
- GANTT (waterfall) vs Agile
Razor photo by Erik Mclean from Pexels
Wow, the antenna! LIke an umbrella i guess.. And yes 253V is the max, 217 is the min., the nominal is now 230V (psst pass it on). And chris, persistence is soo important for development as you guys know. We gotta be bulletproof, at least once in life something is going to knock you down, that’s OK. The important thing is that we get back up. Now let me tell you about the old bull and the young bull. One day the young bull runs up to the old bull and says, quick , quick!! the farmer left the gate open! Lets RUN down there and f*&( one of those cows. The old bull says “WOAH!!” , hold on there young fella !. “Lets WALK down there and f*&( ALL of them.
When I interned at a nuclear qualifications company, only my boss (effectively the Sr engineer) did actual project management stuff. He’d have me do a Gantt Chart for nearly every project we’d do. And that seemed very typical for other jobs he’d worked in the area. Our customers, mainly power utility companies, would often request a deliverable date. A Gantt Chart was the only reliable way we could accurately provide that to our application engineers doing the quote. Sadly, the AEs would often ignore the duration provided and pull a number out of their butts. But that rarely mattered, as the customers would always change scope and the timeline would get borked anyway.