Drupal blues. Joomla rules (maybe).

Decided to cobble up a site. For the tools, the options were these:

  1. Use a text editor and plain HTML and CSS.
  2. Use one of those site making tools like Dreamweaver.
  3. Use Django.
  4. Use an CMS.

I am not too good with HTML and even worse with CSS. I don’t really like the results of Dreamweaver. I mean, it does get the job done, but to make a good looking site requires a bit of work. Using Django was out of question, what with its vertical learning curve. This left CMS. Did some research, as to which one to use. The Net said that Joomla was the most popular with Drupal close second.

Installed each of these packages and tried both of them. Liked Drupal a bit better, because of its being more intuitive and I was able to start working with it without digging into the documentation, just by guessing the purpose of its building blocks.


ArtCAM Misery

A story about my ArtCAM travails. I am trying to create a  2D model of a simple protractor for engraving. Something like this:

Unfortunately, I’ve been having one hell of a time with it. The way I figure to go about it is like this.

  • Create two concentric circles.
  • Divide both of them into 36 parts. (I just want segments of 10 degrees on my protractor.)
  • Connect the segment ends with degree lines.
  • Delete the outer circle. (Don’t know, though, if this will be possible, as it’s used to draw the degree lines.)
  • I would like to delete the inner circle too, but, once again, don’t know, if this will be possible, because besides it’s being used for drawing the degree lines, it’s also used as a path for degree markings. See next on these.
  • Mark the degree lines with headers 0, 10, 20, etc., using the inner circle as the path, on the inside of it.

Now, I am not saying this is the best or even the right way of doing this, because I have not been able to get past the first stage, drawing concentric circles.

Actually, I got stumped at trying to divide one circle into 36 parts. As far as I can see, ArtCAM has no standard tool for doing this. And my search in the Internet has not had any success. Oh, there is plenty of instructional material out there, but it’s either on the very basic level, of the type “to draw a circle, press this button”, or a sequence of similar “press this button, then this one” for making complex carvings.

So, at this stage I am at the end of my wits and will be grateful for any advice offered on how to proceed.



Arduino on a Breadboard

Most likely that those of you with interest in Arduino and related microcontrollers have often seen come-ons like “Build your own Arduino on a breadboard” on numerous sites dabbling in this field.

Undoubtedly, this caught your attention.


Blogging Away!

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