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Microsoft's handgunThe Microsoft Handgun

If Microsoft designed handguns you can bet they would be user-configurable. They would also be so clumsy and and coplicated they would kill the user after 20 seconds. Be thankful the gang in Redmond sticks to less lethal products.

Team meeting Rako Engineering

Services offered by our design and prototype engineering firm.  We specialize in giving Silicon Valley startups a helping hand in all phases of the business. A list of projects and case studies. 

A 1962 Sportster motorcycleOpen Sport Motorcycle Initiative
A open-system design for motorcycles based on the 1957 to 1983 Harley Sportster motorcycle.  Drawings, information and advice -- all free and fully downloadable.  The Linux of the motorcycle world
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