Hi Ken, still a good question.
I personnaly sometimes use a computer in the shop, especially when I do some accoustic works, mainly recording with a high quality USB microphone and doing some spectrum analysis with Audacity.
But I think I would use it more if I had a better Wifi coverage in the shop. But I am quite balanced between the idea of doing something to bring the network in my shop or not doing anything, because I fear to be too much distracted by my preferred forum ... I would waste the benefit I had, getting up very early in the week end (often 5 o'clock) , in order to push forward the different projects I have ...
But besides the computer, we should talk also about the smartphone.
You were talking about the old times where the computers were not existing or too crude, but if you compare what a modern smartphone can do compared to what you computer did only 10 to 5 years ago ...
And the smartphone can be of great help in the shop, I wrote a couple of articles about that :
La Belle Note - Smart Tools, the virtual tool box
and this one also :
La Belle Note - Magnetic attachment for smartphone
But I also use some usefull apps like :
(there's also the imperial version)
While I usually have my iPhone in my pocket when working in the shop (for photos, unit conversions, etc.), I've never felt comfortable bringing any of my other portable devices out there. I'm probably being over-paranoid, but I worry about greasy fingers, scratched or smashed screens, dust & debris getting into keyboards, etc. Not to mention, clean horizontal surfaces are at a serious premium out there…
If I need to see a how-to video, I just run inside and watch it on the desktop.
I too have recently upgraded to a smart phone for the shop (ended up needing it for work to take credit card payments with the square ap). I use it to get ideas and designs to combine and improve on often and stream music from tunein radio. I used to keep an old used netbook that could be dusty as it wanted. It died and it is just as well, like Christophe Mineau I found it sucking up my precious time.
One day I will maybe try a cheap laptop again with the single purpose of playing instructonal videos on the garage door with an old video projector.
My plan for a dust filter would be womans pantie hose material. It seems to work well with everything from wet dry vacs to small gas motors. I have heard the US military has used it on their tanks in the desert as the old filters would clog with sand
Last edited by jere; 06-26-2015 at 10:37 PM.
There is some very useful and free software here from gates some of which I use there are both Mobile and PC apps available for some software, good stuff about belt design, engineering, Pressure drop and a host of useful stuff for home made tool people.
Resources - Engineering Business Applications | Gates Corporation
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