windhorn, I used a CanoScan film & negative scanner. Canon has newer models now of course -- I did this project several years ago -- but their new models still include the slide & negative holders that will scan multiple slides or negatives once -- or in the case of prints, multiple prints at once.
Worst still is what is happening in the UK in our libraries Max, - Books are being sold off as the digital age replaces them. There are many people I know of - during house clearances -where books are thrown in for paper recycling. We are talking about written word which is out of print in many cases and therefor lost forever.
I have thought about putting my exhibits into a museum - its finding one that has empathy for what is being displayed - it really needs an audio track to tell the observer what it is, how it works and how it was designed - Probably a hours lecture ( yawn)to be of any real value! I though about donating it to the local Tech college but soon realised electronics is not taught as I was - by example.
No - this is about that crest of memories /knowledge - it really only lasts for a generation and become irrelevant. Like the veterans of the two great wars I guess ??
I know just what you mean ... but in the case of beautiful pieces of equipment like your Vacuum tube Voltmeter, maybe you could find a technology museum that could use and display it...
My fear is that one day when we are gone, a lot of this stuff will be thrown away by our families because they don't understand what it is...
So we create mountains of books, equipment, photos etc etc which bearly, in its value to anyone lasts a generation- the wave crest that I referred to earlier. No matter how long we live on planet Earth Humans ( at least in our current biological form) have a finite window of existence. All these photos music and discarded obsolete equipment can only serve on purpose - for future generations to learn from - or to provide archaeological ( also a human concept!!) evidence of a once advanced civilisation after our demise.
I still after all I said can not throw that all the stuff in my shed in the skip - I am beginning to realise it has become part of who I am!
What you are all addressing in this thread is the futility of human effort and knowledge in the cruel greater picture of the universe. What use is it to anyone other than humans? to other intelligent life forms - though we will be pretty unlikely to encounter a life form that appreciates Led Zep or the Rollin Stones!! - Our knowledge and memories roll like the crest of a wave ,through space/ time with our intellectual and civil development. I have a shed full of old valve equipment, early discrete electronics right up to present day state of the art ARM processors along with my children’s toys and family photos . Why do I keep all that stuff - my wife says I need help. Memories - a kind of security ,maybe – or is it I am cursed as an engineer to find a use for everything. The problem I have is that I remember a time when all the equipment I store was really valuable. Like my Vacuum tube Voltmeter with a high precision moving coil meter capable of measuring a few tens of microvolts - probably £500 in its day ( 1958). It is a beautiful piece of kit - but what use is it today? I and a few dwindling number of engineers understand how difficult is was to design such an instrument. I simply can not throw it in a Landfill - but the younger engineers look on it as dinosaur technology as there is few left who can explain its clever design features. This is but one of many such items each with their own story. However it is only humans which can relate that story - otherwise it is nothing but a pile of innate physical material / cont
While you were thinking 10CC and the others were wierd I was thinking about Giles, Giles and Fripp, way pre J Giles stuff BTW, now you talk about wierd, G,G and F was really wierd.
If anything you have motivated me to scan my old picture albums on various media types while having a Guinness.
I had to set a break for each title manually. I used some public domain software, but I will have to cjheck what it was called when I get home. I don't think it would set the break automatically, but it certainly could not have inserted the name ot he tune.
I suppose if the software could access the album song list on the web and match it to the null periods it could work, but I am sure there would be some exceptions like Abbey Road where the songs ran into each other, or others where the song dies out and then starts up again.
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...