Rubberized Plastic


the CF-reader that works on my Mac

If you bought that soft-touch rubberized plastic stuff, you probably know that it turns into a sticky mess over time. Somehow they made plastic worse. This coating is very difficult to remove, and nasty chems probably absorb into skin. Some of these devices were expensive and/or not being made anymore. I'm sure manufactures enjoy all this tech going into landfills. 

I've primed & painted several sticky items now, and this does seem to be one solution. For example, this USB-Card-Reader case does come apart, and I was able to test-spray this plastic about a year ago. While there is a possibility the paint may soften someday, it has remained non-sticky so far. I suspect non-toxic water-based acrylics wouldn't work as well, but I have not tried.

You get to pick a new color, but some cases are difficult to open and can be very sharp. I've cut myself extracting a hard-drive. Another idea is to 3D-print a custom case, if you're willing to sink even more time into it. 

Learned my lesson, I'm not buying rubberized plastic.

There Is No Spoon

They fit a chip into a Spoon - sold for two hundred dollar
Your Spoon has low battery - it sadly is not solar

Please download Firmware 2.0 - via bluetooth pairing
Phone app requires OS update - and a little swearing

Spoons require login now - TFA in several weeks
All passwords have been stolen - notice: server breach

Try Spoon Subscription Plus - your trial is concluded
Subscription fee to increase - Lifetime Member excluded

Spoon Inc. has been acquired - accept new Terms of Service
Founders cash stock options - employees growing nervous

Notice: Spoon service shutting down - but thank you for the cash
Spoon is gone, there is no Spoon - it's electronic trash

Rackmount Rollo

Please see the attached postage-printer mount. It's stuck into the 10" side of the 19" rack-o-crap that was on my desk. Made of metal Meccano metal-errector-set stuff, the prototype is surprisingly solid. See one part tested with oxide-red primer. There is room for proper rack-ear adapters on the sides, if one wanted to move it around. The 3D printer clogged, currently in shambles. 

This desk is maybe five percent cleaner.