[permaculture] New discussion forums available: machinist and approtech (appropriate technology)

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at intrex.net
Mon Mar 3 23:33:18 EST 2008



New discussion forums available: machinist and approtech (appropriate technology)

I have created two new email forums that might be of interest.

Machinist
A general discussion forum for beginner to advanced machinists
with an emphasis on using manual equipment and traditional methods and techniques
Go here to subscribe:
http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/machinist
Posting address:  machinist at lists.ibiblio.org

Appropriate Technology
Go here to subscribe:
http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/approtech
Posting address:  approtech at lists.ibiblio.org
This will be a good place for inventors, designers, fabricators of prototypes and product manufacturers
Google M.I.T. on AT:
http://web.mit.edu/ats/
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v442/n7105/full/442862a.html
Wikipedia on AT:
Appropriate technology (AT) is technology that is designed with special consideration to the environmental, cultural, 
social and economic aspects of the community it is intended for. With these goals in mind, AT typically requires fewer 
resources, is easier to maintain, has a lower overall cost and less of an impact on the environment.
Proponents use the term to describe technologies which they consider to be suitable for use in developing nations or 
underdeveloped rural areas of industrialized nations, which they feel cannot operate and maintain high technology. 
Appropriate Technology usually prefers labor-intensive solutions over capital-intensive ones, although labor-saving 
devices are also used where this does not mean high capital or maintenance cost.




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