User talk:Dorkmo

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Dorkmo, thanks for you feedback! I might want to start polishing one of the more-finished machines, but first I want to help bring some more structure into the documentation. Interesting description by Chris below, seems the topic has been on for quite a while. Do you know if there is a definition of which is the current way to document? Is there a "Get started as a new developer" tutorial? How are new developers greeted / introduced anyway? Nathanael Wettstein (talk) 00:49, 3 February 2015 (CET)


Thanks for chiming in about the development documentation. I have not heard of the concatenate? that you mentioned, but it sounds interesting. Last night I was looking through two wiki pages that address the documentation question... One created by Marcin, Documentation Standards, and another created by Dan Benamy, How to Structure the Wiki for GVCS Machines. Both address protocols for creating consistent documentation across all the machines (and my angle is, of course, the architecture). For the moment, I'm going to keep plugging along on MicroHouse 2 using the Development Board Spreadsheet that I have been creating. Perhaps once this spreadsheet is filled out, it could be used to populate a wiki page(s).

There was a great test page set up on the wiki for the CEB press, CEB Press Test, that I think is an excellent place to start. I'm not sure why this approach was abandoned in favor of pursuing the Development Board.

Let's keep this conversation going... Chris

re: video equipment thanks, will do! --rrrojer 01:32, 10 September 2011 (CEST)

Dorkmo - email me at opensourceecology at gmail dot come and we should set up a phone call to discuss wiring diagrams. We need to get that documented fully. The former blog posts discuss the wiring, and I can fill in the details. - Marcin

Thanks for your help with the CEB Press. I hadn't really thought about how to present the build instructions. One page would be nice, but in practice, it'll probably be too long. We can break it down into several pages and have arrows to go to 'Next Page' and 'Previous Page' (like this).
I don't know how exactly to split it up. Bill of materials for The Liberator II lists: Main frame, soil loader drawer, soil loader motion guides, main cylinder motion guides, hydraulic cylinders, large hopper, hopper grate, grate shaker. That doesn't include the electronics, so we'd have to add a page for that too, and maybe a page for installing the firmware. I'm sure as we put the instruction together, it'll become clear how best to divide them.
Ultimately, we should get rid of all the fragmented pages (The Liberator Assembly, CEB Press 2 etc. etc.) and turn them into redirects to the pages in the navigation bar at the top of CEB Press Intro --Conor 08:08, 7 March 2011 (PST)

Don't worry about documenting the old versions of the CEB Press. There was a prototype built in 2009, but that's obsolete; the one built in June 2010 is the one that needs documenting. It comes in a manual version without circuit boards and an automatic version with circuit boards. Some pages call it The Liberator 2, some just call it The Liberator, or the CEB Press. I'm not sure if The Liberator beta v1.0 is the same. --Conor 18:10, 7 March 2011 (PST)

yeah im having a hard time figuring out which version is which. seems like every page calls it something different. What name should we be using? just "CEB Press?", or "CEB Press aka The Liberator"
Yeah, I don't understand the versions either. Call it The Liberator or the CEB Press, whichever feels natural at the time. It is a compressed earth block press called The Liberator; you can have a car called a Yaris and sometimes you'll say "Yaris" and sometimes you'll say "the car". The page titles call it CEB Press, but I'll set up redirects now, so titles like 'The Liberator Build Instructions' still work.
One more thing: you can sometimes tell which version a page is about by looking at the page's history to see when it was written. The most up-to-date version came out June 2010, I believe, so anything since then in in-date. --Conor 18:54, 7 March 2011 (PST)

Well-Drilling Rig

I see you took your video about the water swivel out of the article. I am in the process of cleaning up the page and formatting it more like the one for the CEB press as well as working on the design of the machine so I have moved the sections where the video used to be to Well-drilling Rig Development. I used your swivel idea in the machine's design and was wondering why you took the video down. Are you continuing your work on swivel design? Was the original design watertight? And what is the reason for taking down the video? -Andrew Buck 05:19, 20 May 2011 (PDT)

> nice work on the build instructions. looks really good Thanks, it was a lot of work (and not quite done yet) but it is looking nice. I have a guy (Andrew Buck) helping me with the CAD drawings. He's checking my 2D drawings for errors and making suggestions for improvement. We'll also be including 3D renderings as they are done. Marcin wants to make the steam engine at the beginning of August, so we are working to be ready by then. Mjn 04:45, 6 June 2011 (PDT)

Sketchup drawings collaboration

So you've done the existing drawings? I sent an e-mail at you to the gmail account listed on your Team Culturing Survey page. It has the Sketchup drawings I re-did based on updated specs from Brianna. You do seem to be faster on the draw at Sketchup (I noticed you had done the sketchup for the brick holder plate for the CEB press, for instance, just as I was about to start on it!). I hope we can collaborate as I go along. Getting the current specs seems to be the biggest slowdown, but it must be done for my work on the complete, all-in-one Manufacturing Instructions document. Anyhow, hoping we can gmail chat now and then to keep up. Maybe I could pass along the updated specs for you to do the models while I hack out the word processing documents, or whatever.

I did want to mention, as you work on other CAD drawings, that I think it works better if the dimensionals are in pure inches since Brianna mentioned to me that's how machinists think (instead of feet-inches). I know the text on the dimensionals can be manually replaced, that's how I did the ones I e-mailed to you (newer Primary Arms models) in pure inches. Not sure if there's a way to get Google to automatically generate the dimensionals text in pure inches instead of reducing to feet-inches ... anyhow, it would be a real help to me if whatever way you do it, you had the dimensionals in pure text, since that's how the directions will be written and I think keeping the model drawings (Sketchup for now) and text in synch help make it easier for folk looking at the instructions to follow along. 50 by 13!--Howard V. Agnew 22:19, 23 September 2011 (CEST)

RSS Torrent Feed

Hey Dorkmo, have you got a recipe / script for generating: ? --samthetechie (talk) Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 8:02:52 AM CST