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Old 05-09-2015, 07:08 PM   #286
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Regarding physical repairs and adhesives or casting compounds - While I agree that epoxy is an extremely useful adhesive and can in some situations work as a casting compound, due to it's high viscosity and relatively slow cure times it also has some sever limitations that can be overcome with cyanoacrylates, often referred to as well as branded as "super glue", "crazy glue", etc. I avoid the gels for most work since if a large void needs to be filled there is a vastly better method.

Using very low viscosity cyanoacrylates and particulate matter, commonly the same as the material you are repairing (eg: repairing wood? use sawdust) one can wick a large amount of the adhesive into the particulate material filling the void. This would normally vastly increase the cure time but there is available an accessory chemical referred to as "accelerant" that causes "super glue" to cure immediately, often with considerable heat so be careful. It cures in mere seconds and can be machined, sanded and polished. With some filler particulate material it can even be tapped, or threaded to receive machine bolts. Once you try this your mind will race with the possibilities. It is extremely useful.
 
Old 05-30-2015, 04:14 PM   #287
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I had bought a tablet PC in 2011 and have hardly used it since then. Recently I felt like using it and experimenting with its features. Tablet is like a retro PC but with the convenience of small size, portability etc., Now I am really hooked on my tablet and will use my older PCs for lesser tasks specially when I have to use net a lot.
 
Old 05-31-2015, 06:22 AM   #288
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I bought a tablet, but I soon went back to my laptops/desktop, couldn't get used to it at all.
Gave it to my nephew & he loves it.
 
Old 05-31-2015, 06:39 AM   #289
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I bought a tablet, but I soon went back to my laptops/desktop, couldn't get used to it at all.
Gave it to my nephew & he loves it.
Yes, I was the exact same like you. Got my tablet in 2011 !!! Never used it much since then, just till recently. Amazing how I changed suddenly. Guess I understood more that the metal, plastics and chips etc., that make my older PC are just materials and not giving me the retro experience per say. If recycling them is better for all, then might as well do this. The older P4s are going f0r 20 bucks or soo even online locally. At this rate, it is better to recycle them.

After using eReader, with eInk screen, I had much trouble getting used bright tablet screen close to my face. Surprisingly now I am ok with it suddenly, after I reduced my eink ereader usage for a while.

Specially in a smaller apt. tablet makes all the more sense. No need for monitor also.

Here is my full tablet learning experience at another site for those interested:
http://www.freedomlist.com/forum/vie...=230116#230116
 
Old 06-04-2015, 04:30 PM   #290
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I bought a tablet, but I soon went back to my laptops/desktop, couldn't get used to it at all.
Gave it to my nephew & he loves it.
what about an ebook? I am fan of that. You can read anywhere, anytime and no worries to reload daily.
 
Old 06-04-2015, 04:32 PM   #291
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what about an ebook? I am fan of that. You can read anywhere, anytime and no worries to reload daily.
They are good for reading for sure. But not for all the other things that a tablet does. Tablet has more of a retro feel.
 
Old 06-05-2015, 03:08 PM   #292
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They are good for reading for sure. But not for all the other things that a tablet does. Tablet has more of a retro feel.
True, I also find an ebook quite fun for web browsing also (I know, still reading but a little different), when using WiFi, sadly the touchscreen on my Kindle isn't good enough to post on here without taking ten times as long to post something with more mistakes from this post I'm making from my Blackberry so I tend not to bother much.
 
Old 06-06-2015, 10:05 AM   #293
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Heve not been here in a while.

Just letting rvijay know. Since he is also a fellow computer user on a limited budget.

I picked up few Dell and IBM servers from our local city hall for free heading for the landfill.
Harddrives were missing. Pulled of course. No cords and one had to be trashed for parts anyways
because of hard ware failure.

But they will run any modern Linux distro. Having dual core and single core pentium 4 processors.
Find out who the IT guy is at your local Canadian govt office. Make him a friend.
This worked for me in my small town. Amazing what a few beers will get you.

If a bit curious. Check my profile and the "dumpster diver" social group here.

Happy Trailz, Rok
 
Old 06-06-2015, 10:08 AM   #294
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Heve not been here in a while.

Just letting rvijay know. Since he is also a fellow computer user on a limited budget.

I picked up few Dell and IBM servers from our local city hall for free heading for the landfill.
Harddrives were missing. Pulled of course. No cords and one had to be trashed for parts anyways
because of hard ware failure.

But they will run any modern Linux distro. Having dual core and single core pentium 4 processors.
Find out who the IT guy is at your local Canadian govt office. Make him a friend.
This worked for me in my small town. Amazing what a few beers will get you.

If a bit curious. Check my profile and the "dumpster diver" social group here.

Happy Trailz, Rok
Amazing yes, advanced networking seems to be the way to go. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Now it makes sense to have an external retro hard drive with one partition each for:
1. Books
2. Videos
3. Music
4. AudioBooks
5. Games
6. Misc.

This way, even if one has to change the older hardware, the data is safe and available. Also, it is better to keep a backup of this HD.

I am downloading Old Time Radio programs now to external HD via older PC, they are quite retro and I listen to them on mp3 player.
 
Old 06-12-2015, 12:08 PM   #296
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One very vital point that came to my mind in regards to retro PCs is that the software and media for these may not be available for these in the future. So, even if one has limited space for now, or is moving etc., to try and grab retro PC software and retro media that can be used for the future.

There is some outstanding retro media available at archive.org including old time radio shows by the Gigs and Gigs. Even if an older PC can't play videos, it can be used as a media PC to play such retro audio files.
 
Old 06-12-2015, 03:19 PM   #297
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Commodore PC Still Controls Heat and A/C At 19 Michigan Public Schools
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/...public-schools

This is impressive to read and see.
 
Old 06-13-2015, 05:21 AM   #298
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what about an ebook? I am fan of that. You can read anywhere, anytime and no worries to reload daily.
i'd like to have some sort of linux netbook that has a screen like that (because totally readable even in glaring sunshine).
is that possible?
or even install linux to an ebook reader?
 
Old 06-13-2015, 05:42 AM   #299
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i'd like to have some sort of linux netbook that has a screen like that (because totally readable even in glaring sunshine).
is that possible?
or even install linux to an ebook reader?
Most, if not all, of the ebook readers with E-Ink display run already on embedded Linux and the kernel has all the drivers you need. While it may be hard to install Linux on those devices, it is possible to build your own with cheap hardware, like the Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone or Gumstix:
http://www.linuxjournal.com/magazine...-x-and-gumstix
https://learn.adafruit.com/repaper-e...s-and-examples
 
Old 06-13-2015, 06:21 AM   #300
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While it may be hard to install Linux on those devices
yes.

but, the LJ article looks good.
maybe one could build that into an old netbook case & keyboard...
 
  


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