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mhrackin
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Re: Go fishing
mhrackin   9/12/2014 11:27:13 AM
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Interesting typo:  "W is a wench..."  might be a Freudian slip of a girl.

@Max: Regarding "Now THIS is a MULTIMETER!"  It would have to be a Simpson

260,

of course.  It and the competitor Triplett 630



defined the "modern" 1960s standard tool of the trade.

antedeluvian
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Re: Go fishing
antedeluvian   9/12/2014 11:14:57 AM
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Glen

Reminds me of that scene from Croc Dundee "That's not a knife.  THIS is a kniife!"

This reminds me of my blog "Which PCB Connectors Are Best" and the discussion of a BFS.

This is a SCREWDRIVER.

There is also a BFW- where W is a wench (spanner in Southern Africa, and in Britain, I believe).

Now, this is a WRENCH.

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Re: Go fishing
Max The Magnificent   9/12/2014 10:54:57 AM
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@zeeglen: Reminds me of that scene from Croc Dundee "That's not a knife.  THIS is a kniife!"

I wonder if I'll ever get tht chance to say: "That's not a multimeter... THIS is a multimeter!"

 

zeeglen
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Re: Go fishing
zeeglen   9/12/2014 10:46:25 AM
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@ Max my brother said "You can't carry that here!"

That's where the law cannot distinguish between a weapon and a tool.  I always carry a small screwdriver in my shirt pocket - no problem - but I could stab someone with it.  I could also stab someone with a ballpoint pen, yet those are allowed on airplanes.

Reminds me of that scene from Croc Dundee "That's not a knife.  THIS is a knife!"

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Re: Go fishing
Max The Magnificent   9/12/2014 10:12:57 AM
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@danielmec: If travelling with your new toolkit then you may also need to be aware of the local laws and customs. Police in the UK nowadays don't look kindly on anyone carrying a knife...

I found this out on my last visit. I'm so used to wearing a knife on my belt here in the USA that I don't think about it (I use it all the time -- I hate to be without it).

Since I wear Hawaiian shirts that aren;t tucked in, you can's see the knife usually.

The last time I went to the UK, I packed my knife in my checked luggage, then put it back on my belt when I's arrived.

I was out at the pub with some friends and my brother (who is a lawyer) when I pulled it out to do something... and everyone was totally shocked and my brother said "You can't carry that here!"

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Go fishing
danielmec   9/12/2014 9:56:38 AM
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I know what its like to lose a favourite tool. Seeing as you know where it was lost, how about giving your lad a chance to redeem himself? Give him an old hard disk drive and some nylon string. There's a good bit of fun to be had pulling an old HDD to pieces. Retrieve the super-powerful magnets, attach them to the string and take him back to the dock for an afternoon of environmentally-friendly self-directed entertainment. The same magnets are also great for holding pictures to fridges.

If travelling with your new toolkit then you may also need to be aware of the local laws and customs. Police in the UK nowadays don't look kindly on anyone carrying a knife, even in a vehicle, with a few exceptions (search Knife-Crime.aspx durham, anti-comment spam means I can't post a link)

 

 

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Re: The funny thing about tools...- auto feed slide scanner
TonyTib   9/11/2014 3:18:34 PM
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I'd say go for the slide feeder, such as a Nikon SF-200, if you can get one at a decent price (along with the corresponding film scanner); it can handle 50 slides at a time.  You might need to tweak it a bit if the slides are warped, etc.


I guess you could try to rig up a system to remove slides from a carousel and load them into a film scanner, but my guess is that approach would take more time and money than getting the slide feeder and matching slide scanner.


I have a really old Coolscan with auto negative feeder (can handle a 6-picture strip IIRC), auto APS feeder, and individiual slides, but I'm pretty sure it's the Coolscan III , which doesn't have an auto slide feeder (I only have ~100 slides, but several thousand negatives, mostly undigitized).

BTW, I'm keeping a few old PC's with XP: a more modern system with the awesome Foxconn motherboard (6 PCI slots, 1 serial port, 1 parallel port), a 1.4GHz Athlon with one ISA slot, and even older system with several ISA slots, because I've got some fun ISA and PCI automation-related boards (e.g. CAN interferaces, motion controllers).

mhrackin
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Re: The funny thing about tools...- auto feed slide scanner
mhrackin   9/11/2014 2:39:16 PM
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@ TonyTib: I keep an XP Pro machine (and a spare!) running just because I have a really nice Canon flatbed scanner that does a very good job for me, but there isn't a Win7 driver for it. Ironically, I got the Canon when I couldn't support its predecessor (a Mustek with a proprietary SCSI card) any more.  So as long as I can get a Win XP driver, I can use anything.  I just don't look forward to manually unloading many, many 140-slide trays, preseving both the order and orientation (including emulsion in/out) of each slide (and not getting fingerprints on them!).  That's why I was hoping to find a way to digitize a slide tray at a time.  Maybe one of our resident "super project guys" can figure out how to do this with an Arduino!

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Re: The funny thing about tools...- auto feed slide scanner
TonyTib   9/11/2014 2:19:57 PM
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I'd recommend getting a good brand (e.g. Nikon Coolscan) film scanner with auto slide feeder used; I'd guess that the older models are pretty cheap on eBay, and are almost as good as the new ones (just remember, the really old ones have SCSI interfaces, and also the software might not work under Windows 7/8, although it's likely they'll work under VueScan, which is also available for Mac OS X and Linux).


Then you can pop a bunch of slides in, put the software to work, and go do something else - and when you're done, you can torture your younger relatives with computerized slide shows!

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Re: The funny thing about tools...
antedeluvian   9/11/2014 2:13:26 PM
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Mark

 I've thoughte about using my DSLR to take pictures of the slides as projected onto the screen, but that is not the "optimum" way to preserve the quality to say the least!  Anyone know a service that can do this at a reasonable price?

as far as a service is concerned- I don't know. I know there are scanners that will do slides and negatives, but the ones that I have seen (and I think the one that I used for the data books) have to be fed in manually even though there is a fitting for it. I will check at home if I remember. Maybe this is a labour of love, or you should employ an intern to do it.


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