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betajet
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re: 10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
betajet   12/14/2012 3:17:21 PM
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I've heard that the "all-purpose toolbox" is duct tape and WD-40. If something moves but shouldn't, use duct tape. If it should move but doesn't, use WD-40.

Thomas Chongruk
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re: 10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
Thomas Chongruk   12/14/2012 8:21:12 PM
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I think the true engineering type (at least from an American perspective) already has plenty of duct tape, so that wouldn't be a good present.

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re: 10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
Duane Benson   12/14/2012 9:38:48 PM
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The flying car concept has appeal, certainly, but materials technology has a long way to go before it's strong enough to take a road beating for 200,000 miles and light enough to fly for 5,000 hours. Until that happens it will be little more than a pipe-dream or very expensive novelty.

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re: 10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
tb1   12/14/2012 10:23:16 PM
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If you are driving your flying car 200,000 miles, you are forgetting about an important feature of your car.

Thomas Chongruk
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re: 10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
Thomas Chongruk   12/15/2012 10:09:19 PM
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$279k is quite a bit for the flying car. Knock off the 1st digit and make it $79k and I think they'd be plenty of techie buyers for it.

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re: 10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
seaEE   12/16/2012 3:44:08 AM
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Ferget materials technology, that's what the duct tape is for lol! Speaking of duct tape, time to listen to that annual Christmas favorite, the Redneck 12 Days of Christmas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBKGoj7nKAw Ahh...my eyes are getting misty

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Jack.L   12/17/2012 6:35:21 AM
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I don't know, with the exception of the flying car, which would be wayyyyyy cool, I don't see many of these being "real engineer" gifts. They have already downloaded (legally) Big Bang Theory. They design Raspeberry PIs, they don't buy them, and they graduated to that oh so cool self healing silicon tape ages ago. Big data would equal Big boring coupled with frustration at how dumbed down it is. Now a tube amp, that would be cool, even if it was just to look at, sort of like my Model 200 HP Oscillator. One thing I have found though is that all "real" engineers, the ones that design hardware :-) love hard music played loud, so I am thinking any compilation that includes AC\DC, Stones, Rush, Metalica, Zeppelin, etc. Played loud its quite possibly enough to forget about that nagging quiescent current problem, your non techy senior manager who thinks fixing it is like fixing a number in a spreadsheet, and that you were smart enough to be a doctor, but not smart enough to actually be one and be making 3 times the money with 10 times the respect.

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re: 10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
DickH   12/17/2012 4:43:04 PM
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where I used to work, we used a kind of tape we called 'jungle tape'. It was black rubberized linen with a thick layer of white and very sticky latex-based glue - it stck to anything and eventually dried to a state where you could not remove it. Much better than any duct tape I've seen. And what about self-amalgamating tape - the stuff that welds into a solid mass of rubber? Why doesn't that come in a 3 or 4 inch width?

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jfleisher   12/17/2012 5:11:29 PM
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Sorry in advance for the plug, but if anyone in North America wants a Raspberry Pi, they can order one now at http://www.newark.com/pi for delivery before Jan 6. Happy holidays!

DickH
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DickH   12/17/2012 5:46:46 PM
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any engineer I've met is much smarter than any medical practitioner I've met. They're a pretty thick bunch and most of them don't keep up to date. Any engineer who doesn't keep up gets shown the door or moved into 'management'.

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