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We just installed some sliding doors in our workshop:

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They looked prime for whiteboard installation.

First we did some research. We wanted something clear and see-through-y, because clear whiteboards are vogue these days. We had 2 options: go with expensive glass or go with an inexpensive clear plastic, such as acrylic or polycarbonate. We decided to do it on the cheap.

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At MindTribe, we’re always trying to improve the way we do engineering as well as the way we work. One of our recent experiments in ergonomics was trying out motorized standing desks. These desks let you change from a sitting to standing position very easily. After using it for a few weeks, I quickly became sold on the benefits. The 2PM slump, often treated with caffeine, was a thing of the past. Pairing with people also became a lot easier because of a changed notion of shared desk space while standing.

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Unfortunately though, after a few more weeks, the new desk introduced an ergonomic problem in an unexpected location: my right hand. How does this happen you ask? The controls to raise and lower the desk are two rocker switches which are mounted under the tabletop to the side. To move the desk, you have to hold both switches in the same direction. Ostensibly, this safety feature ensures that both of your hands are clear of any danger when the tabletop is moving. But unfortunately, the switches are close enough together to allow me to press them both with a single hand by hyperextending my thumb and index finger. Repeating this motion through the course of a few weeks had left my hand with mildly alarming shooting pain. Not confident in the advances in voice-controlled programming, I knew I had to take action.

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Given that it is St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it would be fitting to talk about my kegerator. What’s so special about my kegerator, you might ask? Beyond the fact that it dispenses homebrew in a cold, carbonated fashion, not much. In fact, my kegerator suffers from the same deficiency as most other setups: it has no idea how much beer is actually in the keg. This becomes an issue when you have friends over to enjoy some homebrew, only to find that the keg has gone belly up after two and a half pours. So I started to think about an easy way to give my keg some “smarts,” something that would estimate the quantity of beer remaining in the keg.

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