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Guidebolt Public Knowledge-Base. Last updated 2022-05-23. Version 0.43 alpha (work in progress).

Information drives every thought, decision, and action. In our increasingly complex world where logic and trust are hard to weave confidently, it is easy to be misled by noise, incur unknown risks, and waste valuable resources. Truth is the fundamental solution.

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Introduction

Web Search: DuckDuckGo, Google, Bing,

Computational Search: WolframAlpha

Common Platforms: Youtube, Wikipedia, Github, Reddit, StackExchange,

Email: Fastmail Protonmail

Common Distributors: Mouser, Digikey, Arrow, Grainger, McmasterCarr,

General Archive: Internet Archive

Online Book/Document Archive: Library Genesis, Sci-Hub

Specification Archive: EverySpec

Datasheet Archive: Alldatasheet

Real-Time Electrical Part Inventory Search: Octopart

Technical Reference: Engineering Toolbox

Material Property Database: MatWeb

Real-Time Team Chat: Zulip

Chat: Fastmail, Discord, Whatsapp, Signal,

Edit: Notion, Google Drive,

Online PDF Tool: Sejda

Utility: RapidTables Conversion, Digikey Calculators,

Earth View: NASA EOSDIS Worldview, NASA ISS UStream, Google Earth

Common (Canada): AMAZON, BESTBUY, HOME DEPOT,

Mechanical: GRAINGER CANADA, MCMASTER-CARR, ULINE

Electrical (Parts): AMS, ANALOG DEVICES, DIODES, EPC, INFINEON, LITTELFUSE, MICROCHIP, MPS, MURATA, NEXPERIA, NXP, ONSEMI, RENESAS, ST, TDK, TI,

Electrical (Infrastructure): SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

Electrical: AMD, INTEL, SAMSUNG

Software: LINUX KERNEL

Pneumatics (Canada): SUPERLOK CANADA, PROAX

Ultrasonics: Crest Ultrasonics

Pneumatics: SMC

Certification: CSA, DLS, INTERTEK, OSHWA TUV, UL,

Standards: ISO, JEDEC, IEC

Domain Name Registrar: NAMECHEAP

Free TLS Certificates: LETS ENCRYPT (recommended)

Internet Service Provider (Canada): TEKSAVVY

Phone Service Provider (Canada): FREEDOM MOBILE CANADA

Insurance (Canada): KASE INSURANCE

Financial (Canada): RBC, ARCADIA SOLUTION

Assorted: ATLAS TOOLS, ANDYMARK, CHIP QUIK, ASROCK INDUSTRIAL, IGUS, 3D FUEL, BASELABTOOLS, ALPHIDIA, NORDSON EFD, KVASER, MOLDEX, METAL SUPERMARKETS, TEQUIPMENT, RCC ELECTRONICS, MLTEST, BHPHOTOVIDEO

Preferred Shipping: DHL

Shipping: UPS, CANADA POST, PUROLATOR

Small Universal Forums: Hacker News

Metalworking Forums: Practical Machinist

Wikichip, EEVblog Forum, Reddit Preppers, Reddit Datahoarder, LessWrong

HydraulicsPneumatics,

Document Suite: Libreoffice (recommended)

Free, open-source, high-quality, cross-platform alternative to Microsoft Word for producing text documents, spreadsheets, slideshows, basic drawings, and simple databases. Great import/export compatibility for various file formats.

Markdown Editor: Ghostwriter (recommended) (nice: nav menu, html preview)

Password Manager: KeepassXC (recommended) (free, open-source, cross-platform, offline, modern GUI, actively developed, fork of Keepass) (tip: save a non-obvious paper copy of your master password; save database backups regularly)

MCAD: Autodesk Inventor with Product Design and Manufacturing Collection

MCAD Collaborative PDM: GrabCAD Workbench

ECAD: Kicad (strongly recommended)

We use this for most of our schematic-to-PCB ECAD work. This is a good free, open-source, cross-platform EDA suite sponsored by CERN and increasingly supported by the industry.

Visual PCBA Plugin for Kicad: InteractiveHtmlBom

Programming Text Editor: Visual Studio, Atom

CLI Text Search: Silver Searcher, Silver Searcher on Github


Diagram Editor: Draw.io - Free diagramming tool with emphasis on alignment and node-to-node connections. Use online with the browser app, or download the desktop app.

Vector Graphics Editor: Inkscape - Create or edit logos, line art, infographics, and other line-based images.

Raster Graphics Editor: GIMP - Produce, resize, crop, rotate, and retouch your photos and other dot-style image files.

Audio Editor: Audacity - Record your voice or music, manipulate audio clips for your media library, and import-export different filetypes. Great for handling standard audio tasks like other digital audio workstations (DAWs).

Video Editor: Kdenlive - Simple, robust video editor with primary support for Linux. Free and open source. Renders to numerous standard formats, including WebM and MP4 (AAC/HEVC).

Screen Video Capture and Live Streaming Tool: Open Broadcaster Software - Simple on-screen video recording and live streaming program.

3D Animation and Modeling: Blender - Free and open-source with integrated video editor. Supported by the Blender Foundation.

Digital Illustration: Clip Studio Paint - Popular and effective digital drawing program for illustrations and manga. Formerly named Manga Studio. Use with a drawing tablet (ex. Wacom, Huion).


Operating System: Debian, Ubuntu, Windows, Windows 10 Official ISO

(tip: install no more than 1 OS per drive, if possible)

Disk Backup: CLONEZILLA

Compression/Archival: 7ZIP

Torrent Client: QBitTorrent, Transmission


Accounting: GNUCASH

Gantt Charts: GanttProject

Disposable Emails: Guerrilla Mail

Free Website Security Test: Qualys SSL-Labs

RAM Testing: MEMTEST86

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