2019-10-21 3 min read


Planning & Strategy.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

  • At least some Tesla models write system logs to eMMC flash memory, which are subject to lifetime write cycle limits and eventually (if they see enough write cycles) end up dead; this bricks the car's operating system and requires the entire MCU to be replaced. "For now, owners of pre-2018 Model S and X vehicles don’t seem to have many options. The Tegra board can be removed from the MCU and logging can be disabled, but naturally such modifications could put you in hot water with Tesla. The alternative is to wait until the eMMC chip has breathed its last and begrudgingly pay Tesla to repair an issue that ultimately they’re responsible for causing."
  • A 2011 NYTimes piece on flooding in Vietnam, which crippled the hard drive industry there and was later credited with spurring the transition to SSDs.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


  • After a falling out with city council, the Church of Scientology has bought up a pretty shocking amount of property in Clearwater FL, often in cash transactions and often involving properties that weren't on the market. The initial scrolling reveal in this story is quite effective, and the story is kind of chilling. "'They’ve got one intention, and one intention only,' [former Scientology executive] De Vocht said. 'Buy up as much property as they can for the church — whether they use it or not, whether they let it sit there and rot — so no one else can be there.'"

A project overview of Zymergen's modular lab automation carts.

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