Eric Hartwell's InfoDabble
 Friday, September 24, 2004
laser cutting3-Axis cnc millingSheet Metal FabricationBuild Your Robot Online: Ever needed a custom part for a robot, case mod or hardware hack but lacked the tools or a machineshop to make one for you? Ever needed a custom circuit board? Well, PC Magazine's Bill Machrone writes about a few websites, Emachineshop and Pad2Pad, where you use their free software to design, price, and order anything you can design with the software. This is more useful to slashdotters than 3D 'printing' technologies like rapid prototyping since you get real working parts. It looks like they support a number of machines and fabrication techniques beyond traditional machining, like plastic injection molding and waterjet. As Machrone says, this is empowering stuff. This is something that should ignite a creative spark to all you hardware tinkerers out there in Slashdot land."  [Slashdot 7/16/2004]
10:38:42 PM 

 Thursday, September 23, 2004
Avoiding Excessive Security Warnings when Sending Automated E-mail Messages. Sending e-mail programmatically with Outlook generates security warnings for the user. In this article, Angela Wong shows how to design applications that avoid overuse of these warnings, where appropriate. [MSDN Just Published 7/9/2004]
10:52:39 PM 

 Tuesday, September 14, 2004
 Monday, September 13, 2004
 Saturday, April 24, 2004
Quebec engineers win court battle against Microsoft. The software giant is penalized for the first time over its use of the word "engineer" in its professional certification program. Just when you thought it was over, an old debate is reignited. [itbusiness.ca 20040407]
9:53:59 AM 

Word 2003's ".xml" format produces "XML of a spectacularly hideous form". XML guru John Simpson talks about a tool that does a good job of converting Word document files (.doc) and Rich Text Format (.rtf file) versions into pretty reasonable XML form. [XML.com 20031230]
9:52:22 AM

Gmail Conversation: Google's Sergey Brin. Gmail, Google's new Web-based e-mail service, has sparked commentary, controversy and even calls for congressional action. eWEEK's Steve Gillmor explored the perils and possibilities of the free software-as-service in an exclusive conversation with Google co-founder Sergey Brin. [Steve Gillmor's Blogosphere 4/24/2004]
8:10:42 AM

 Thursday, April 15, 2004
The Toll of a New Machine. It started with ATMs. Then gas stations. Now self-service kiosks are taking over airports and invading McDonald's restaurants. Is this the face of the jobless recovery? Or will automation make service better for workers and customers alike? [Fast Company 4/15/2004]
7:52:41 PM