Why?

During my whole life, I have spent many hours in front of a monitor; I’ve always been interested in technology, computers and gadgets; I’m fascinated with the thought of the amount of knowledge I will have accumulated in ten or twenty years from now.

I spend quite a few hours a week on the internet, looking for answers on various technical questions. I’m always extremely grateful when I find the answer I’m looking for.

My interests are very diverse. For the past 15 years, I have been teaching myself many different languages, from HTML to Ajax and from C++ to php. At work and due to my position, I have been predominantly been working with Microsoft Excel, VBA, AutoHotKey (for various automation tasks) and a bit of MySQL. I’m always happy to pick up a new computer language, if I can see myself using it.

During the past 12 months, I have gradually become aware of a silent revolution: various open-source initiatives are revolutionising the way devices can be built. In my mind, this is the equivalent of the early ages of the PC, when enthusiasts were creating their own programs using Basic and Logo, or the early ages of the internet, when many used to create pages on AngelFire and GeoCities.

This new revolution is mainly based on two projects: the Processing project and the Arduino project.

The Processing language has basically created an amazing, in my view, abstraction layer, which simplifies the creation of software. As it is based on Java, the created programs can work in a variety of platforms.

The Arduino project, uses the Processing platform to program a microcontroller. What used to be a domain of qualified engineers, is now been discovered by enthusiasts.

These two projects are bringing us closer to the next step: the creation of user-customised, intelligent devices.

With this site, I will try to share with the world whatever I feel is worth sharing. Stay tuned!

Arkadian
6 June 2009

  • Sorbe

    Since I couldn’t leave a comment on the article itself, I’ll leave you this tip here. Thank you for writing the Dewalt 745 Riving Knife removal article. Generally, I like your articles, but sometimes there is a better way.

    The secret to easily moving/removing the riving knife may well surprise you. On my Dewalt 745 Portable Table Saw, all you need to do is loosen the riving knife clamping knob about 4-6 turns, then PRESS the knob in. That also pushes the plate with the pin inward so you can freely pull the Riving Knife up/down to the desired location. It takes about 5 seconds make the change. Then you just screw the knob down again and done.

    I would suggest adding a note to your article if this works for your saw as well.