Post by Jim Diamond Post by Mike Spencer Post by notbob
.....until you get old, then it's a matter of keeping what ya' got.
In addition to "what ya' got" fading, they keep *changing* stuff. New
& (allegedly) better interface on $AP or config on $SYSTEM is all
different. Replacement $PRODUCT in plastic means relearning what you
knew about working $PRODUCT in metal. Worst of all, new and more
exacting research, especially in physiology and medicine, means much
of the (putatively) factual science is to be found on the rubbish
"Life-long learning" is supposed to be about learning *new* stuff, not
about learning the same stuff over and over. Dang!
My electric toaster, used every day in summer, is 106 years old,
The user interface is the same as it was in 1913.
have you considered upgrading that with an Arduino or RPi (or similar)
and making it available over wifi in your house so that you could
initiate toasting from another room? Surely after 106 years you want
to do a UI upgrade on it. No?
Ha! I was just looking at a HOWTO file on controling relays through
the parallel port and I *do* have an Arduino around here somewhere
that I bought for the mouse exercise wheel tachometer project and
But no, the 1913 toaster requires manual flip from side to side. So
I'd need to have...lessee...a detector for when to flip (a cheap smoke
alarm shd do) and an actuator -- two, actually -- to do the flipping.
A turn signal unit from a 1953 VW would work but I don't have one.
Maybe the tray eject mechanism from a CD drive?
So many projects and so little time and so few gumpties! I want an
infra-red heater lamp in the outhouse; new engine on the rototiller; I
still haven't actually *made* anything with the 300# air hammer I
spent $2,000 and countless hours getting working; and I've just
managed to get a script working that tells me how many bytes are
running through the spiffy, new Oxygen-3/SIM card data link that will,
it is to be hoped, replace dialup. The carrots need weeding, the
squash bugs need attention (with extreme prejudice) and next winter's
wood, all sawn and split, has to be put into the shed.
Okay, cool idea. Low on the priority list. :-)
When this toaster was young, this was a popular joke and it's still
relevant if you don't pay attention:
Alice (to neighbor): Oh, Martha, George is just helpless in the
kitchen. He can't even make toast!
George: C'mon, Alice, I make toast the same way you do: put
it in the toaster and burn it, take it to the sink
and scrape it.
Michael Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada .~.