I've been skimming the recent threads on microfiche scanning with some
interest. Just out of curiosity, has anyone tried scanning
microfilm/microfiche with a film scanner?
Just interested, because VueScan (free trial from www.hamrick.com, $50 for
the basic licence, $90 for the 'professional' licence) seems to have a setting
for microfilm scanning. Unfortunately I don't have any microfilm to try it
out, but my film scanner (a Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual IV) only takes mounted
35mm slides and 35mm strip film, so anything I put in would have to meet those
I could (in theory at least) bodge up a cardboard carrier for my flatbed
scanner (an Epson Perfection 2400 Photo) and use that, but I don't rate its
optical quality for transparency film very highly.
I was just curious if anyone had considered trying it... I'd love to but
like I said, I haven't got any film to test with.
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Alright, I admit it. I'm stumped.
BBC has a series, "Look Around You", a comedy program based on late
1970s and early 1980s educational programming. Season two included
an episode called "Computers", and featured these two fake "home
The Bournemouth ("The most powerful computer in Britain"):
The Petticoat 5 ("The first computer designed just for women"):
I assume that these are genuine British classic computers that the
producers painted and re-badged for television. But what are they?
Hello All. I have a Compaq Portable III (286) that is functioning fine, except that the clock loses time (it seems to basically stop) if the machine is off more than an hour. It does remember its setup information, however, and there are no error messages during boot-up. I imagine it needs a new battery - where would I find one for such an old machine? The battery does hold a charge for at least some time, according to my meter readings, so maybe it isn't the battery? Thanks for any help.
> Solaris 9 is the last version to run on all 64-bit Ultras; Solaris 10 is
>very impressive from a networking and virtualization standpoint (plus
>ZFS kicks some serious ass) and is what you should be running if at all
So where's your line between 9 and 10? I just moved from a U1 200E to a U10 333, and I stuck with
5.9 because I was concerned about usability on the U10.
>All other versions can hit the road for all I care (unless
>you need BSD SunOS 4.x for 1980s hardware).
4.1.1_U1 is definitely the one to use for Sun3, but I like 4.1.4 on
my IPX (Sun4c) as well. Never tried 2.5.1, but 2.6 was very slow.
> What I really would like to find is a formula for calculating R2R
> ladder values so that I could get a 0V-5V output from an 8-bit
> parallel port. Constructing it is easy, once one knows what
> resistors to pick.
The output impedance of an R2R ladder is R so you chose R to suit the
stage the ladder will drive. You won't get 0V-5V without some sort of
amplifier on the output, even using CMOS gates to drive the ladder.
For a more monotonic output 2R should really be 2R-Rout where Rout is
the output impedance of the driving gate.
> I like to do a similar thing with online forms that require your name and
> email. I create a throwaway email address and then make up a name and
> address. I'm still getting spam offering really great mortgage rates to
> someone called David Marquez in Juneau. But I never did get anything for
> Consuelo O'Brien of Barrow.
You can do even better than that, by creating rules to automatically handle
incoming email according to the destination address.
See "Fighting Spam by Encapsulating Policy in Email Addresses", by
It looks like I'll be heading up to the Livermore Swapmeet tomorrow (Sunday). If
you are there, stop by and say hi :)! I'll have mostly electronic/transmitter
hunting stuff, but the last time I was there (2005 VCF), it had some interesting
stuff. I'm told it used to be a good spot for picking up classic computer
Not the Decision Mate, something that probably came
out after it, yet before the PC4/i. They all basically
have the same appearance. I was talking to a former
employee of NCR and she told me that less then 3000
were made. It was intended (says she) to be networked
with the Decision Mate or something, and share some of
it's resources maybe.
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I'm replacing the fans in a dual 8" drive case. The case has two
distinct sections - the drive side and the power supply side - each with a
fan. On the power supply side, air is being pulled through the case and out
the back through a filter. On the drive side, the fan is the blowing in,
with no filter. The cover does not have any ventilation holes. It appears
that the fan on the power supply side is original but the other one was
installed later (based on the wiring and the model of fan).
Should the orientation of the fan on the drive side be changed?
I would think that cool air (although unfiltered) should be pulled through
the front of the drives and out the back.
Collector of classic computers
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