Free Range Technology

Frickin’ Lasers!


Have you ever needed to cut some metal, but all your hacksaw blades are dull, your Sawzall battery is charging, and Home Depot is closed? If you’re TWI Ltd., you just adapt a 5kW automated laser so it can be hand carried! OK, maybe they did it for decommissioning of nuclear facilities, and it’s not exactly “portable”. Still, it’s damn cool. If you don’t believe me, hit the jump and watch the video.

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Computers You Should Know

Xerox 9700

Up until the late 1970s, most computers were large mainframe systems that did little more than crunch numbers. They could print out reams of green-bar reports showing sales, accounting info, scientific calculation results and even test data from wind tunnels. None of that really required changes in font or even print size. Xerox, however, saw to it that we came to expect these capabilities — and lasers — in our printers.
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Genius Innovators

Killing Mosquitoes With Lasers

Due to a wet spring and summer, we at the Atomic Toasters Detroit Field Office have been suffering with a larger-than-normal infestation of mosquitoes. Since the governments of the world have decided that we must coat our skin in DEET, rather than spray DDT, we have been suffering in silence. Well, no more will we suffer! We must stand up and claim our right to protect ourselves from the blood sucking insects! And to do it, we must use lasers!

Hit the jump for a video explaining my raging insanity.
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