That and more billable time trying to figure out what that
blasted Word Imperfect did to your document THIS time...
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event for WordPerfect to produce the random, out-of-the-blue formatting
foulups that are the unpleasant but inevitable result of using Word, made no
less obnoxious by the disturbing frequency with which they occur. And when
they do happen in WP, the Reveal Codes feature makes it trivially easy to
figure out why, *and* to repair the damage quickly -- in stark contrast to
Word in all respects.
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Wow, what a blast from the past. One of those big Beckmann monsters
with a teletype sitting on the top? I havn't seen one of those in
years, but I've still got the PM tube from one of them as a desk
Anyway, you want something like
http://www.buyconverter.com/current_loop_converters/index.asp to convert
from the CL interface to RS-232. I guess I'm showing my age, though,
because I used to think of RS-232 as "modern". These days, it's almost
as pre-historic as current loop. Most printers you can buy today will
be USB or ethernet or firewire or bluetooth or some such. The last
couple of computers I've bought haven't even had RS-232 ports on them.
Oh, yeah, there actually is a tie-in to woodworking. Those old Beckmann
scintillation counters had a nice walnut veneer front to them. Well,
maybe it was really formica, but it looked like walnut veneer :-)
No this one is very modern, with an orange formica divided, sidehinged
top to access the sample compartment.
Thanks a zillion. I printed that page, because we're having trouble
with the replacement table top Beckman LS 7600 (??).
The one (Packard?) I remember from the old times (when I was trying to
get a Dutch Master's degree, '66-'69) had bunches of Nixie (??sp) tubes
with flickering numbers. Believe it or not, back then they had a
hairdryer mounted in a hood to evaporate the toluene-based scintillation
fluid, so as to reduce the volume of radioactive waste.
I've got a few Epsons in the basement - have been buying them for (yikes)
24 years, and can't bear to throw them away because, well, none of them
are broken, it's just that I buy a newer, aster, better Epson printer
to replace them.
What does the "current loop interface" plug look like? I'd be happy to
have a look.
You bet; my address works, & I have a fast connection, so images
are just fine. Thanks for asking, though...nothing worse than being
on dialup and getting a several megabyte email from someone. No
guarantees, but I've got lots of stuff down there...
Dunno, are you thinking these:
Mostly off-the-shelf GM parts, except of course for the body and interior.
Never drove one, and I saw the other day that they've torn down the old
Ah, see, so we _are_ on-topic after all. I'm so relieved.
Anywhere other than Woodcraft or Rockler in the area to get interesting
lumber, by any chance? There used to be that place out on highway J,
smoky hollow or something, but they're not there anymore.
You guys have lost me. Excaliburs were made in Sparks NV, and only
there if I was informed correctly when I visited the place. I grew up
in Reno, but it doesn't sound like you guys are talking about
Reno/Sparks. So where was this other factory?
Sounds like you were lied to, or it's a different Excalibur, or
it predated the factory here.
Is (was) in, what is that, West Allis, Wisconsin I think. Pretty
sure it existed, since my mom set up their upholstery department
and all. They went through a bunch of different owners, maybe
one iteration of the company was in Reno, who knows.
1980's until present is when the factory was in Wisconsin, maybe
earlier. When was the Reno factory there?
You should see the sewing machines sailmakers (i.e. guys who build sails
for sailboats). Some of the needles are hollow and run compressed air
through the middle for cooling.
There are lots of industrial machines out there which have the capacity
to kill and maim. I used to have a friend who worked in a print shop.
They had a paper cutter which could cut a ream of paper in half without
even slowing down. It probably wouldn't slow down cutting your hand off
either. To make sure the operator didn't put their hands in the way, it
had two switches (i.e. one for each hand) which had to be operated
simultaneously, about 4 feet away from each other, each one hidden by a
guard. I'm sure there were clever idiots who figured out how to defeat
the safety mechanism.
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