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Introduction / Bio

Hi! Name's Nathaniel Bezanson. Sometimes I go by Nate, but that's ambiguous.

Contact:

  • email me: username "myself" at domain "telcodata.us"
  • or by phone: NPA 248, NXX 379, suffix 3614.

Projects:

My work schedule is somewhat random. I'll be in town for months, then traveling for weeks or months. So, you might not see me around the space for a while, and then I'll be there every day, and then I'll be scarce again. Some of our other members work for the same company...

Professional background:

  • PDH/SONET transmission and cross-connect: T1, DS3, OCx. (STS-xC)
  • Spent too much time with a T-Berd, not enough with a SunSet.
  • Would be happy to teach you Bell System cable-lacing technique
  • And wire-wrapping, the 25-pair color code, TP76300 workmanship
  • Never terminated or spliced my own fiber, though. Would love to learn.
  • Cellular back-end support: MTSO equipment, BTS equipment
  • Know a little about CDMA, but just on the air and network, not handsets.
  • Point-of-sale hardware, OPOS scanners/scales/printers
  • Barcode scanners are a security problem, ask me why.
  • Starting to learn my way around CANbus, but much is under NDA. :(

Hobby background:

  • Electronics tinkering since I could hold a screwdriver
  • Primary interest these days is barely-eye-safe LED flashlights
  • Know a bit about a lot: Cars, audio, rocketry, batteries.
  • Licensed as a ham, but never get on the air under Part 97.
  • Part-15 though, now that's fun. Ask me about Ricochet.
  • Am apparently a fairly accomplished solderer. Love to teach.

My space-related TODO / project queue:

  • incorporate ToDo by reference
  • Complete OtherEvents calendar gathering.
  • Backup keypad and help with software
  • convert DesignJet 300 to color (it's a firmware hack followed by recalibration, just need the right paper for the calibration routine, which may be a BS requirement)
  • reorganize and relabel and redocument E-room parts selection


Stuff

I own the Genie and the Acer 1440G Lathe. And lots of stuff in the Electronics Room.


History

Some of my wall-of-text posts explaining various aspects of the space: The twitterbot: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/i3detroit/2nhHcAVuW30/9JQotQRCfaoJ


Roadside toolkit

This is my scratchpad for tools and links that should be in the toolkit prepared for the Roadside Skills class.

  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Small compressor
  • Tire patch kit (reamer, inserter, worms, rubber cement)
  • Small locking pliers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Headlamp and batteries
  • Gloves
  • Fuse tester or multimeter
  • Spare fuses
  • Jumper cables

Edu talk

This is my scratchpad for topics to present at the Roeper coffee-talk on January 17th, 2013.

  • We're hard-wired to hack and make
  • Not doing so is a form of poverty / deprivation
    • What makes us uniquely human
      • We maintain deep and long-lasting social and romantic relationships / lonely/outcast / we put them in therapy.
      • We use complex language to express abstract thoughts / illiterate / we have remedial programs.
      • (and we enjoy doing these things, it makes us feel complete as humans)
      • Stereo vision and opposable thumbs: Modify our environment (3D) / ____ we don't have a term for this. But I feel just as bad for their emptiness. / we put them in charge.
  • Minecraft as an outlet for kids who don't have 200 lbs of Lego
  • Okay, so come do the real thing.
  • Literacy: Books were expensive, so libraries were the community solution.
    • Cost of publishing has dropped to nearly-zero
    • So what's the next frontier?
  • Hackerspaces, makerspaces, and schools
    • How to approach this?

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