2019-02-04 3 min read


Notes, 2019-02-04.
Something that I'm curious about: Do we, as humans, know more about the mean time between failure on traditional mechanical parts (cartridge ball bearings, for example) or computer components (say, CPUs or DRAM)? I'm sure *someone* has an answer to this; please send :)

I'm testing out two new gloves for assembly work: the Hyflex 11-801 and the Hyflex 11-600.

The most clicked link in last week's issue (~19% of opens! That's a lot of you.) was the photo of The Prepared's pencils. If you clicked on it and *didn't* get yourself a paid subscription, I'd love if you would give me a little feedback here. And if you *are* a paid subscriber and haven't gotten your pencils yet, they're on the way!

Planning & Strategy.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

  • Recently I became aware of Fitzgerald and their "glider kits" - a company and product line I was previously unaware of. Truckers (mostly small time owner-operators) buy a new truck cab, chassis, rear end & wiring from a large OEM - Freightliner, Peterbilt, whatever. Then they buy a refurbished old engine and have it installed on the new truck. From their perspective, Fitzgerald is in the business of extending the engines' lives and creating more efficient vehicles from less efficient ones. But they also provide a loophole through which truckers can avoid modern emissions tests and keep dirty trucks on the road. Fitzgerald is apparently a pretty flush business; see also their recent political donations.
  • More PCC streetcar restoration, this time in El Paso.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


Photos of Bell Labs Oakland in the late 60s.

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