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Re: Looks like you can buy them here
David Ashton   5/7/2014 6:13:25 PM
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@Max, Rick, yes they are nice, but having circular pans means that there's a possibility of dropping small bits in between the pans themselves.  And if it's possible, you can guarantee that I will do it!   I'd prefer square boxes, maybe with a little lip so you can grip it and pull it out easily.   The pill boxes I use are not nearly as good quality as these, but mostly avoid dropping bits in the cracks.

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Re: Mumbai tiffin network
Max The Magnificent   5/7/2014 4:54:37 PM
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@perl_geek: That's basically a huge packet switching network...

It is pretty amazing when you see it in action -- and as you say, from what I understand the error rate (misdirected meals) is extremely low

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Re: Mumbai tiffin network
Max The Magnificent   5/7/2014 4:53:06 PM
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@perl_geek: One of the interesting aspects is the surprisingly low error rate.

And the tasty food :-)

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Mumbai tiffin network
perl_geek   5/7/2014 4:49:44 PM
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That's basically a huge packet switching network, implemented with illiterate components, (the tiffin wallahs). One of the interesting aspects is the surprisingly low error rate.

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Lee Valley Tools
perl_geek   5/7/2014 4:45:16 PM
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Their stores are toy-shops for grown-ups, especially if you're a tool freak. They have all kinds of other hardware too, for all sorts of aplications. 

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Re: Looks like you can buy them here
Max The Magnificent   5/7/2014 3:03:57 PM
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@antedeluvian: Apparently they are called Tiffin boxes.

They are indeed -- and they are very useful -- I bought myself one (well, a set if you think of them as all going together) when I was speaking at ESC Bangalore, India in 2010.

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Re: Looks like you can buy them here
antedeluvian   5/7/2014 2:40:44 PM
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on the same page in the catalog I found this. I recently saw a movie about their original use called The Lunchhbox" based on how home made lunches are falwlessly distributed in Mumbai from home. The movie is reccomended. Here is a description of the distribution. Apprently the are called Tiffin boxes.

 

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Lee Valley
antedeluvian   5/7/2014 2:13:18 PM
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Lee Valley has an amazing supply of tools for woodwork and gardening. If you are into either you owe it to yourself to page through their catalogs. They seem to specialise in hand tools, but as they say on the comedy channel, paging through the catalog is "time well wasted". That's how I came across the finger wrench.

A trip to one of their stores is guartanteed to turn into an outing.

Interesting story- a local orthopaedic surgeon was interested in woodwork and started adapting Lee Valley tools for use in the surgery. He then approached them and now they make a range of surgical tools as well.

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Re: Looks like you can buy them here
Max The Magnificent   5/7/2014 1:42:16 PM
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@Rick: That same company has another item that I really like.  Look here...

Oooh, very tasty! Did you see David Ashton's blog about Storing Recycled Electronic Components?  I bet he'll be interested in these...

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Re: Looks like you can buy them here
Rcurl   5/7/2014 1:33:21 PM
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That same company has another item that I really like.  Look here: http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/Page.aspx?p=44948&cat=1,43326

I've been using these aluminum watchmaker cases for storing all my SMD parts in the R&D lab.  They're inherently antistatic and you can easily see what's inside

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