Links & Preferences . . . Our Biased View . . .

In our interactions with people and places, sometimes we have a particularly good experience. This page highlight a few positives with links to share.  It’s our way of saying “Thank You“.

Our capitalist society votes with words and dollars for things we want. If you’re interested in these topics, please take our vote in words, then use the links to check them out.  You may enjoy them too.

Lightning Bolt
We happened on Lightning Bolt years ago when we needed some weird fasteners, and they knew just where to get them.  Besides great prices, they offer excellent service, so we keep going back.
 
I've never been promised something that wasn't delivered, and I've never felt like an imposition when asking for small quantity or something weird.  An excellent example of a service oriented company.
Back when 3D Printing was a novelty, Protogenic made it's name doing great work.  That was apparently noticed, because they're still around -- though they've been bought and sold a few times.
 
Fortunately, even with the transitions, they're able to operate in the same great ways.  These guys are our first choice for rapid prototypes, urethane molding and other such products.
Protogenic
TRP
TRP is a rising star in the bicycling industry -- especially in brakes.  They're doing some cool things right now.  Their high-end products are lightweight and precise.  If you ride, check 'em out.
The benchmark in bicycle front shifting.  WickWerks chainrings have massive ramps, that engage with the chain in a little different way -- for much faster and more stable front shifts.
 
As a side note, we know these products well, because all the WickWerks products were designed and developed right here at Synthesis.
Chain Rings
Open Office
We've been a fan of Open Office since it was first brought to us  . . .  by Sun Microsystems as Star Office  . . .  a long time ago.
 
It's an alternate Office Suite (better in many ways than MickySoft) that does all the above (and more) including read & write Microsoft files.  Best of all, It doesn't rape your pocketbook (it's Free), and it doesn't have a bunch of crazy licenses and threats.
As the Android concept continues to mature, I'm becoming more impressed.  Far better than Windows based systems and arguably better than the i's, it's easy to take for granted.
 
Google has done good things in stimulating products and apps through the OS in a way that's generally accessible to the masses.  Addiction?
Android
Units Conversion
Someone spent a lot of time building this very useful web site.  It must do just about every useful or possible units conversion there is.  Fantastic!  Thank you for making this available.
 
We like this site for quick units reference.  Easy to use and kinda fun to play with.
Definitely helpful.  Calculator Edge, has a calculator for nearly everything ... really, nearly everything for engineering calculations.  Oh, and it's FREE.  (We like Free!)
 
It has a few hundred calculators with equations and formulas for Engineering in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Chemical, Metallurgy, Oil & Gas, Plastics, Optical . . . and the list goes on.  Pretty cool.
Calculator Edge
All About Circuits
On the electrical side of things, the folks at All About Circuits have put together some easy to use tools.  Interestingly, they provide the tool as well as the background information (like the equations) and the applications.

The above links are given as our way of saying “Thank You” for products and services we like. These are not paid advertisements. We believe sharing good sources is the best way to promote greatness, and what better way to do it than on the web. We encourage you to visit these places and try their products or services. We think you will have an equally positive experience.

Likewise, if you enjoy our website, we would appreciate a shout out from you. Passing the good vibe around is an excellent way to grow positives. Oh, and if you have a poor experience in something with us, we definitely want to know how we can improve.

Have a wonderful day. — The Synthesis Team.