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Media

From art to video, Rako Studios has media.
Includes tech articles and YouTube vids.

Its the best time for media since Gutenberg. Some billion-dollar multinational corporations might not agree. Newspapers lost 50% of their revenue to Craigslist. Yet to hear them talk, they will all go bankrupt any day now.

The trade press, both technical magazines and rags like Variety Magazine have been been sold off since their corporate overlords knew less about web technology than they did about offset printing.

The internet was indeed a disruptive technology, like discussed in Clayton Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma. Yet decades before the internet, desktop publishing was changing the scale and scope of media. Back then you could make beautiful documents or technical drawings with a Mac or IBM PC.

As computers got more powerful image manipulation became possible. Coupled with digital photography, this represented another disruptive technology. Before long you could edit video on a cheap home computer. These days the media revolution is in full swing. Rako Studios engages in multiple media productions. This is the media landing page, with links to various categories. 
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Plenty of tech

Tech-writing.jpgRako Studios got its start doing technical writing for clients in Silicon Valley. These clients included HP, TRW, Teledyne and a plethora of smaller companies.

Accordingly the technical writing sections represent over 20 years of steady output. There is also the pre-publication copies of work for several technical magazines and websites, not covered by their copyrights.

In addition to the work for clients, there is a large body of work done under the auspices of Political.jpgRako Studios itself. These range from movie reviews to rants to companies to political writing published here and in various online publications.
 
There are videos as part of the various tech subjects, spread across the site. These videos are hosted on YouTube and embedded here. This is a much better way to do things as opposed to try and design and host some streaming mechanism out of this site like most of those billion-dollar publishing multinationals tried to do, with abysmal results.

In addition to tech writing there are articles about the methods and characteristics of good tech writing. Its essential to be clear and concise in tech writing It turns out that helps in most other types of writing and videos as well.
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Art, humor, music and movies

Humor.jpgIn addition to the technical writing there is media such as art, humor, music and movies. Some of it created here, and other work aggregated from others. There are a few select articles by others that are so good they are re-published here.

Media about motorcycles

Motorcyle.jpgThis site used to host a section about motorcycles, specifically Harley Sportsters, Those have been moved to a separate site, open-sport.org. The "open" refers to the open-source nature of old Harleys. The lack of the word Sportster is due to the wrath of the lawyers at the Motor Company.

Product design and Strive 

Machinery.jpgBesides this media section the site has a large product design section. Some of the designs are the product of the consulting work we did, and others are proposed of special projects funded by Rako Studios. finally there is a journal depicting the day-to-day strive here at Rako Studios.

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We have programmed the website CMS (content management system) to add two media posts from each category after this column. You can click the title to see all category articles.
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Art

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The most recent post: Engendered argument

Engendered argument

A couple fighting, as if from Venus and Mars. Done for www.mrpicassohead.com.
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My favorite post: Bull in a Chinese shop

Bull in a Chinese shop

An abstract in primary colors looks at a bull's inhumanity to man.
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Diamond-bullets

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The most recent post: Unwritten laws of engineering

Unwritten laws of engineering

Written in 1944, this classic from the American
Society of Mechanical engineers still endures.
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My favorite post: Understanding engineers

Understanding engineers

First you understand management. A guest diamond by Ray Engelhardt.
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Humor

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The most recent post: When your silicone sealant won't harden

When your silicone sealant won't harden

I had a horrible experience with some GE silicone sealant. I used it to seal the windshield on my van. The stuff never hardened.
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My favorite post: Ice-maker blow up

Ice-maker blow up

Sometimes shopping for a house has unusual comedic entertainment.
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Keep-or-Toss » Keep

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The most recent post: Legacy bookmarks

Legacy bookmarks

Here is a listing of bookmarks I have had on my site for 20 years. They are not organized and many are broken.
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My favorite post: Hansen socket trays

Hansen socket trays

I suffered for 20 years with a toolbox drawer full of miscellaneous sockets. Then I found Hansen.
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Keep-or-Toss » Toss

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The most recent post: AT&T, scumbags for 152 years

AT&T, scumbags for 152 years

AT&T just let me go without dial tone for a week.
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My favorite post: Samsonite is junk

Samsonite is junk

It used to be that a brand name stood for something.
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Management

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The most recent post: Purchasing bullies

Purchasing bullies

Don't let purchasing or other ancillary departments run your company.
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My favorite post: The high-volume consumer product needle:

The high-volume consumer product needle:

efIts tempting to after high-volume business, but it might be a long-term mistake.
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Movies

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The most recent post: Ahhh trek Doh

Ahhh trek Doh

A scathing commentary about modern life. A short sweet art film.
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Politics

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The most recent post: Capped for oil

Capped for oil

As the Gulf War raged, one graffiti artist
in San Jose California told it like it was.
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My favorite post: Old-FCC_New-FCC

Old-FCC_New-FCC

The old FCC cared about interference. The new FCC cares about money.
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Suffering-with-software

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The most recent post: Install Movable Type on a local XAMPP

Install Movable Type on a local XAMPP

Install XAMPP so you can run Movable Type
on your laptop. Transfer the files with WinXCP.
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My favorite post: Adobe Photoshop 4.0 suffering

Adobe Photoshop 4.0 suffering

This is just one data-point for why I banned Adobe products from my life.
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Tech » Electronics

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The most recent post: Capacitor companies

Capacitor companies

This is partial list of capacitor manufacturer websites.
I will try to keep the list current.
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My favorite post: RF power amplifiers

RF power amplifiers

Base stations and handsets need RF amplifiers with high linearity and good efficiency.
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Tech » System-engineering

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The most recent post: Harleys and open systems

Harleys and open systems

A baroque and antiquated design is compensated
by the open system, and the people that surround it.
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My favorite post: Mission Motors electric motorcyle

Mission Motors electric motorcyle

Slapping an electric motor into a motorcycle requires a lot of system engineering.
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Tech » Teardowns

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The most recent post: Picosecond Pulse Labs 6110D teardown

Picosecond Pulse Labs 6110D teardown

Opening up a reference flat pulse generator shows some old-school design.
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My favorite post: Creative Labs Nomad IIC teardown

Creative Labs Nomad IIC teardown

I opened up this old MP3  player in 2004, and the chips are huge.
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Writing-tips

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The most recent post: Don't bury the lede

Don't bury the lede

Technical writing is an inverse pyramid since the important part is at the top.
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My favorite post: Storytelling vs tech writing

Storytelling vs tech writing

Tech writing gives you the goods right up front, storytelling delays gratification until the payoff.
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