bikelab report 2 the sun lab and led taillights

Posted on Feb 6, 2014

This second issue of the Bikelab Notes, published during my time building BEHEMOTH at Sun Microsystems, focuses on the high-brightness LED taillight assemblies. These were not commercially available at the time, so this was a hack. I also commented on the wonderful facilities that Sun provided and answered a few reader questions. This was an exqui

bikelab report 2 the sun lab and led taillights
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site phase of the project, surrounded daily by interesting people who came by the lab to volunteer, observe, or share a bit of brainstorming. Well, this has certainly struck a chord! As of this writing, 367 people have responded to the announcement of reports from the bikelab. This is gratifying, and a little scary: now my blithe prediction of weekly publication has to be taken a little more seriously. You know, there is something subtle about this whole Grand Turing Machine project that I am just now beginning to appreciate. I touched on it in Issue #1 (where I commented that I am just project coordinator for the REAL wizardry that must be credited to industry), and it was brought into sharp focus by an article in the Oct 1 issue of EDN about Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation. It spoke of the hacker ethic, which encourages cooperation and free sharing of information with the general intent of building the best tools possible, unhampered by legal constraints. I believe in this, but I`ve also seen the awesome power of competition. It therefore seems that the best stance for me to take in publications about BEHEMOTH is to protect the intellectual property of my corporate sponsors, but otherwise disseminate the concepts and design details as widely as possible ” either for free, or in value-added form via the print edition of Nomadness. Industry has made this enterprise possible by...

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