I can only do it on the Iphone. to be honest i thought I was a beginner at
smart phones but I've thus far had to help out many sighted people who get
their phones in a pickle and I've only used on since last Christmas!
People do not engage with their devices. If they did and understood the
basically simple concepts they should be able to sort things out for
themselves. It is not rocket science or 5 year olds could not use them.
That makes me a mental age of 5, oh dear second childhood warning.
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It's only in the past few days that out of interest I taught
myself the long division method of calcualting a square root :-)
As to the days of £l.s.d, in my collection (for want of a better word)
of calculating devices, I got one that did not seem to be
working until my wife looking over my shoulder suggested
that it was for £l.s.d and so the first column did not
carry over until 12, and the second column at 20!
What with £l.s.d and imperial systems of units we did
not have to learn about different number bases, we
encountered them all the time!
12 inches for a foot
3 feet for a yard
22 yards for a chain
10 chains for a furlong
8 furlongs to a mile.
And there was one unit which was not an integer value, because
the surveyor's chain was divided into 100 links, each being 7.92 inches!
On 07/07/2019 20:45, Gareth's was W7 now W10 Downstairs Computer wrote:
What "calculating device" was that? I thought we went decimal before the
first pocket (or even widely available desk) calculators were available?
We had to learn our 16x table (for ounces to pounds) and 14x (for pounds
to stones). But why learn the eleven times, except for "completeness"?
What do kids learn nowadays, if they learn tables at all? All they need
On 07 Jul 2019, Gareth's was W7 now W10 Downstairs Computer wrote (in
Yes. We went decimal in 1971 IIRC. Meanwhile, at Uni, the Optics Dept had a
Friden electric mechanical calculator that could do square roots as well as
the standard four functions. When doing a root, it chuntered back and forth
for some minutes.
There was even a pocket mechanical calculator!
It had sliders with holes in and a metal probe was inserted
into the appropriate hole and pulled the slider down to the
bottom of the slot it was in. When the total reached 10, the
probe was pulled back up to the top and looped over to advance
the next digit.
It was made from alloy and was very slim, with the probe
housed in the side.
They were also available in different versions - for
calculating hours and minutes or Pounds, shillings and pence.
The MD at the first place I worked had one and his was
definitely for Lsd (this was in the 60s.)
Learning some things by rote damages some of the ability to find out
things for themselves by intuition.
Like, if something looks vaguely similar to something else, there will
be some that will throw the toys out of the pram as their nursery rhyme
fed analogies are no longer compliant with changes forced.
I still have no idea why I was forced to learn word perfect, a passage
in Macbeth, 'Is this a dagger....'
On Monday, 8 July 2019 16:27:28 UTC+1, Adrian Caspersz wrote:
Well, it gives you an opportunity for parody
Is this a Megger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going;
And such an instrument I was to use.
Not something I'd expect most of Adam's apprentices to come out with.
On Monday, 8 July 2019 13:51:16 UTC+1, newshound wrote:
Sixths? That's stingy (or normal for Aberdeen).
We were fifths of a gill, or quarter gills in the generous places, until Europe intervened.
If Boris Johnson can guarantee the return of the quarter and fifth gill to Scottish pubs he'd knock all this Brexit / Indie nonsense on the head quicker than an alcoholic ferret in a mash tun.
But as Scotland widely adopted the 35ml measure in place of
the traditional fifth gill measure I would expect rioting and
disturbance on a national scale if publicans went back to the
old measure which is a hopping 6.6ml smaller than the measure
that the drinkers will surely claim as their right now after a
few months short of a quarter of a century.
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