Category Archives: hardware

Improvement to an old tablet

I’ve mentioned at least once here that I have an MSI WindPad 110W tablet. Someone made one of those “don’t read the comments” comments I read insulting the company for its name (they called it “FartPad”) and model (110W = 110 watts, an outrageous power draw for a tablet). For their understandable reasoning, but not unjust trollishness, I agree it is odd sounding.

None of that has to do with my improvement to it, which is to remove the cameras.

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The POWRfull slide-rule

This has been sitting in my place, and then scanned to a PDF, but I have to post it here before it gets lost in a fire or I die or something: POWRfull

It is a slide rule for metricating, or going backwards too. Far more than anything else for the purpose, it is a classical “New Jersey style” tool that does one thing, well. Here are immages:


Two sides of the slide rule for converting units between US Customary and metric. The unit pairs are, upper top row: (inches, centimeters); (meters, feet); (meters, yards); (miles, kilometers). Lower top row: (sq. inches, sq. centimeters); (sq. meters, sq. feet × 10); (sq. meters, sq. yards); (sq. miles, sq. kilometers). Upper bottom row: (cu. inches, cu. centimeters × 10); (cu. meters, cu. feet × 10); (cu. meters, cu. yards); (liters, quarts). Lower bottom row: (ounces, grams × 10); (kilograms, pounds); (metric tons, short tons); (gallons, liters).

Other than being made by Sterling in the United States, and of course being in the ISRM about two-thirds of the way down this page, it is perfect. It will live again, especially when I find out how to vectorize it or make Excel use it.


Broad band: the final frontier

After an abundance of waiting, and legally mooching WiFi off by neighbors, the cable company here has connected service to my new apartment. I have a wire line high speed Internet connection! This is the last of the utilities I needed hooked up.

On a side note, I have completely vacated my old apartment now.

Sadly my productivity on side projects that I had been working on is likely to decline now. I am still hopeful I can finish a big one for a friend before I completely lose interest.

For now, I have to go and tell my neighbor to change their WiFi password to something new, since I am done using it.

Have you tried restarting the network, sir?

For most people who have fast (broadband) connexions to the Internet, and have called their ISP’s tech support, that line is quite ubiquitous. However, I have to report that doing it actually solved something for me!

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