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elizabethsimon
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Looks like you can buy them here
elizabethsimon   5/6/2014 7:24:48 PM
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http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=54669&cat=1,70373,70375&ap=1

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Re: Looks like you can buy them here
Max The Magnificent   5/7/2014 9:31:29 AM
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Wonderful -- thanks Elizabeth

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Duane Benson   5/7/2014 7:43:05 PM
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I haven't touched one of those Tiffen boxes in 44 years. When I was still a young child, my mom had one of those stacking round container things. It looked pretty much exactly like the one on the Lee Valley page you linked to, except my mom's was 10 or 12 inches in diameter.

Almost 44 years, to the day, ago, I was carrying it to school, full of frosted chocolate cupcakes to give to my classmates, on the occasion of my birthday. I don't know if the unit shown operates the same way, but the handle on my mom's fastened to a set of pins in the bottom tray, allowing it (the handle) to pivot out of the way for easy access to the trays and their delicious contents.

A few blocks from school, I somehow allowed the whole thing to pivot, spilling the nicely frosted cupcakes onto the gravel.

Being the type to not suffer defeat easily, I picked them all up and did my best to pluck the rocks off the frosting. That turned out to not be such a good idea, as the smaller rocks easily hid themselves.

Fortunately, no one actually broke a tooth or got sick, but suffice to say that the response from my classmates was intense enough that I will likely never forget that birthday.

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Measurement.Blues   5/8/2014 9:07:04 AM
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@Duane,

Nice story about the cupcakes. I'll tell may daughter, who bakes cookies every week for an after-school meeting.

Do you still keep in contact with any of those classmates? If not, I can understand why but not big loss in the end.

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Max The Magnificent   5/8/2014 9:42:04 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: Do you still keep in contact with any of those classmates?

Thinking aboout it, I don't keep in touch with anyone from university, but that may be because I went to university in my home town, so I had a life outside of the university.

On the other hand, I still have a small number of very good friends from high school (and one I met when we were about 5 years old at the junior school.

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Measurement.Blues   5/8/2014 9:53:10 AM
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@Max,

I have no contact with anyone from high school. I did look up a few people on Facebook but decided not to make contact. As for university, I do keep in contact with a few people, even ran into one at a show some years ago.

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Max The Magnificent   5/8/2014 12:24:04 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: I did look up a few people on Facebook but decided not to make contact.

I'm sure they would be very grateful if they knew LOL

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Measurement.Blues   5/8/2014 2:17:51 PM
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"I'm sure they would be very grateful if they knew"

I'm the grateful one.

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Duane Benson   5/8/2014 2:03:47 PM
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"Do you still keep in contact with any of those classmates? If not, I can understand why but not big loss in the end."

Not from that far back. In fact, I only remember one name from grammar school: Scotty Powell. He did all of my math homework that year. (Scott - if you're reading, I got better at math). Thinking about it a bit more... It was 42 years ago. Not 44. 5th grade. Mr Henderson's class. Mr. Kite never showed up, though.

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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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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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Lee Valley Tools
David Ashton   5/7/2014 6:18:32 PM
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That finger wrench is an amazing tool.  I hope that fat that theyie website gives a 404 does not mean they've gone out of business - surely not with such a good product?  apart from anything else, that menas Max won't be able to get them as giveaways for EELive 2015 :-(

We have an amazing toolshop in Bathurst where I live called Tool King - same sort of thing as Lee Valley.  A very dangerous place to enter - you don't usually get out for an hour or so.....

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Me too!
Duane Benson   5/7/2014 7:29:26 PM
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Max, Aubrey - Max got his name on the package, but imagine my surprise when, on my very birthday, I opened my mailbox and saw the same thing! Awesome!

This is one of those "why didn't I (or anyone) think of this before" devices. I could probably spend days reminiscing about all of the times when this would have come in handy.

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Max The Magnificent   5/8/2014 9:36:35 AM
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@Duane: I could probably spend days reminiscing about all of the times when this would have come in handy.

So long as you are paying for the beers, you can reminisce to your heart's content old friend LOL

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Insulated Stacking Lunch Boxes
TonyTib   5/7/2014 8:27:35 PM
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Did you know you can get stacked lunch boxes that slide into a insulated container?  For example, here's a Zojirushi model - I have something similar I bought many years ago at the Vietnamese home goods store near 99 Ranch in Milpitas.  Zo has  a variety of models, other such as Tiger probably do too.

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Max The Magnificent   5/8/2014 9:39:17 AM
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@TonyTib: Did you know you can get stacked lunch boxes that slide into a insulated container?

Very tasty (pun intended)... now, if only I could get my wife to prepare a sumptious lunch for me in them each day...

 

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TonyTib   5/8/2014 12:07:40 PM
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I'd be happy if my wife prepared any kind of lunch for me :)

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Max The Magnificent   5/8/2014 12:24:52 PM
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@TonyTib: I'd be happy if my wife prepared any kind of lunch for me :)

Oooh, wait till I tell her!!!

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Measurement.Blues   5/8/2014 12:37:55 PM
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@TonyTib Maybe you're better off that way you are.

"I'd be happy if my wife prepared any kind of lunch for me :)"

Time for lunch. I make it myself.

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... Or these ...
toddkrein   5/8/2014 2:39:11 PM
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http://www.fingerwrench.com/

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Max The Magnificent   5/8/2014 3:10:05 PM
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@toddkrein: http://www.fingerwrench.com

I saw those, and they do look useful ... maybe for Christmas :-)

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Another nifty finger tool
kfield   5/8/2014 7:57:33 PM
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Max - your post immediately made me think of this as a potentially useful stocking stuffer (given we are on the theme of finger-activated tools!)

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David Ashton   5/8/2014 11:33:06 PM
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@Karen - Very useful, considering the demonstrated affinity of the average EETimes-er for Beer.   So I take it you (or Max) will be using your EET credit card to get some of these as giveways for EELive 2015 as well as finger wrenches?

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Max The Magnificent   5/9/2014 9:43:05 AM
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@kfield: Max - your post immediately made me think of this as a potentially useful stocking stuffer...

I want one ... now you know what to get me for Christmas! :-)



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