Why Muffler Bearings?
...because I was going around in circles
) for quite some time now and finally decided what I really want to do. That's not really why though, just a simple statement of fact. While you're waiting for the real reason why, I will share an equation with you: C = 2ϖ
r, the circumference of a circle
Added: July 7. 2018:
Now for some clarification
(this portion of the build log is a work in progress):
Age-wise, I am older guy, but not the oldest on OCN. I spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a technician, during which my my job title went from Search & Weather Radar/Airborne Navigation Systems, to Communications & Navigation Systems, to Jack of All Trades and Master of Some. During that time, I worked both the flightline and in-shop, finely honing what was then state of the art equipment, as well as some of the most ancient tube (Valve, if you will; you know, as in Half Life) based relics. I've worked on (in order of timeline) C141s, C130s, C124s (old shaky), KC-135s, F4Cs, F4Es, F101s, A10s, and RF4Es and their respective kits, troubleshooting and repairing those systems and their LRUs (line replaceable units) both onboard and in the shop on the bench, all over the western world, but mostly in Europe (Spain, Holland, the UK, Germany, Turkey and Italy).
After I retired from the military in 1992, I picked up some extra tricks (far more than I ever did in the military) working for a small, private company staffed by what I can only call geniuses, which specialized in developing and manufacturing custom multiprocessor-platforms geared toward testing air- and ship-borne electronic warfare control system receivers. They called me a systems integration tech/field service engineer, and I eventually added "trainer" to that hat.
That training was some of the toughest work I ever did because it was geared toward not only how to keep those systems up and running, but also how to develop and implement effective EW software-based scenarios (gamers probably would have loved that). My mix of students being international and in places as far off as Ankara, Turkey, I of course came across all kinds whose understanding of what they were doing ranged from great, to the rather mediocre, to the downright piss poor (pardon my French); hence, the challenge, and also the reason why I would spend many a class night on the phone back to the states debugging scenarios on the fly. Creating them was tough noogies.
Anyway, I eventually moved into technical writing, as I became a father who wanted to be a father, and just couldn't afford to continue "seeing the world."
There's more to my bio of course, buy let's leave it at that for now.
Now for Muffler Bearings...
First, see this
. You don't have to read everything at that link, but whatever you do read should give you an inkling of what muffler bearing
s are all about. My goal is to create a platform I can use to test just about anything associated with consumer grade pcs and their associated components with, and help breach the gap between "I don't have a clue about what I'm doing
and "oh, I see now, thumbs up
, at least for those who feel faced with such.
Anyway, I'll leave it there for now, as my order of elbow grease
has arrived and it's time to get really busy on the build itself.
The prototype control panel mounted: