2017-03-27 2 min read


I finished my new, sturdy-as-hell engineering workstation (aka desk) last weekend. It's fantastic, and I'm enjoying working at it instead of on it :)

Planning & Strategy.

  • Robert Caro is working on an audio series called On Power.
  • The Hardware Workshop is back up, and hitting Seattle, Boston, SF and NYC this year. We attended in the time leading up to TPR's first run; it's a *great* use of a few days and $75.
  • Elliot Management - the same activist investor that blocked GE's acquisition of SLM - is fighting Arconic's (nee Alcoa's) CEO.
  • A good post mortem on Ara, Google/ATAP's modular phone project. I'm curious about how Dugan's two-year policy affects... everything at DARPA/ATAP.
  • An event in NYC next week on the engineering, manufacturing, and logistical rocketship that is China's New Silk Road Program.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection & Testing.


  • Michael Horodniceanu, the MTA's head of capital construction who presided over the 7 line extension and 2AS opening, is retiring.
  • MacRumors is expecting the iPhone 8 to have a forged (and then subsequently CNC machined) stainless steel frame.
  • I haven't checked in on the Arduino vs. Arduino split in a while - wild stuff.

Thanks as always to our recurring donors for supporting The Prepared. Credit also to Jordan, Kevin, Kane, David, Andre, Dylan, Adam for sending links.
A photo tour of Canon's high end lens factory.

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