Guidebolt Public Knowledge-Base. Last updated 2022-05-23. Version 0.43 alpha (work in progress).
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Links 1: Various
Computational Search: WolframAlpha
General Archive: Internet Archive
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
Online PDF Tool: Sejda
Links 2: Companies
Electrical (Infrastructure): SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
Software: LINUX KERNEL
Ultrasonics: Crest Ultrasonics
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
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
Links 3: News and Forums
Small Universal Forums: Hacker News
Metalworking Forums: Practical Machinist
Links 4: Computer Tools
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 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
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).
(tip: install no more than 1 OS per drive, if possible)
Disk Backup: CLONEZILLA
Gantt Charts: GanttProject
Links 5: Intermittent and Special Tools
Disposable Emails: Guerrilla Mail
Free Website Security Test: Qualys SSL-Labs
RAM Testing: MEMTEST86
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