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Introduction / Bio

Hi! Name's Nathaniel Bezanson. Sometimes I go by Nate, but that's ambiguous.


  • email me: username "myself" at domain ""
  • or by phone: NPA 248, NXX 379, suffix 3614.


My work schedule is somewhat random. I'll be in town for months, then traveling for weeks or months. So, you might not see me around the space for a while, and then I'll be there every day, and then I'll be scarce again. Some of our other members work for the same company...

Professional background:

  • PDH/SONET transmission and cross-connect: T1, DS3, OCx. (STS-xC)
  • Spent too much time with a T-Berd, not enough with a SunSet.
  • Would be happy to teach you Bell System cable-lacing technique
  • And wire-wrapping, the 25-pair color code, TP76300 workmanship
  • Never terminated or spliced my own fiber, though. Would love to learn.
  • Cellular back-end support: MTSO equipment, BTS equipment
  • Know a little about CDMA, but just on the air and network, not handsets.
  • Point-of-sale hardware, OPOS scanners/scales/printers
  • Barcode scanners are a security problem, ask me why.
  • Starting to learn my way around CANbus, but much is under NDA. :(

Hobby background:

  • Electronics tinkering since I could hold a screwdriver
  • Primary interest these days is barely-eye-safe LED flashlights
  • Know a bit about a lot: Cars, audio, rocketry, batteries.
  • Licensed as a ham, but never get on the air under Part 97.
  • Part-15 though, now that's fun. Ask me about Ricochet.
  • Am apparently a fairly accomplished solderer. Love to teach.

My space-related TODO / project queue:

  • incorporate ToDo by reference
  • Complete OtherEvents calendar gathering.
  • Backup keypad and help with software
  • convert DesignJet 300 to color (it's a firmware hack followed by recalibration, just need the right paper for the calibration routine, which may be a BS requirement)
  • reorganize and relabel and redocument E-room parts selection


I own the Genie and the Acer 1440G Lathe. And lots of stuff in the Electronics Room.


Some of my wall-of-text posts explaining various aspects of the space: The twitterbot:

Roadside toolkit

This is my scratchpad for tools and links that should be in the toolkit prepared for the Roadside Skills class.

  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Small compressor
  • Tire patch kit (reamer, inserter, worms, rubber cement)
  • Small locking pliers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Headlamp and batteries
  • Gloves
  • Fuse tester or multimeter
  • Spare fuses
  • Jumper cables

Edu talk

This is my scratchpad for topics to present at the Roeper coffee-talk on January 17th, 2013.

  • We're hard-wired to hack and make
  • Not doing so is a form of poverty / deprivation
    • What makes us uniquely human
      • We maintain deep and long-lasting social and romantic relationships / lonely/outcast / we put them in therapy.
      • We use complex language to express abstract thoughts / illiterate / we have remedial programs.
      • (and we enjoy doing these things, it makes us feel complete as humans)
      • Stereo vision and opposable thumbs: Modify our environment (3D) / ____ we don't have a term for this. But I feel just as bad for their emptiness. / we put them in charge.
  • Minecraft as an outlet for kids who don't have 200 lbs of Lego
  • Okay, so come do the real thing.
  • Literacy: Books were expensive, so libraries were the community solution.
    • Cost of publishing has dropped to nearly-zero
    • So what's the next frontier?
  • Hackerspaces, makerspaces, and schools
    • How to approach this?

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