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Topics covered in here tend toward Gadgetry, Weapons, Books, Tools, and a lot of other things that have captured my interest.

Please note the "Linked From Here" tab on the results, which lists search results from sites I have linked to in my posts.

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Magnets?

Large neodynium magnets can be dangerous



Dirk had an accident. Below is the X-ray showing his totally crushed finger tip. It took 1 1/2 hours of surgery to remove the shattered bones and repair the damage. Medically speaking, he crushed his right index finger distal phalange. The magnets had a 50 cm (20 inch) separation when they decided to fly together.

He is lucky that he only lost a finger tip as opposed to his whole hand. The block Neo below is about 4" by 2" by 2" N45 with a pull force of around 700 lbs (320 kg). The disk is about 3" dia. by 2 1/2" thick N45 with a pull force of about 400 lbs (180 kg). That is his fingernail and some of his finger tip caught between the magnets.
The victim explains:
They came to me from the USA in four different large cardboard boxes. Each magnet placed in the center of each box. Very careful packing ! I placed them in my own room (closed when I am not at home or in the room) around a 1 meter in diameter pouf. No direct contact.

That Sunday night I placed on of them a bit in line with one of the others but still within a safety distance (I thought) !!!

When I rotated the magnet the other raised it self upwards due to the same poles. I know that I thought (ooops ... take care) and before I knew it the one that raised itself upwards turned around and within a split second the two magnets collided to each other with the top-part of my finger between them. Due to the brutal force my finger was splashed and pushed out between the magnets leaving skin and my complete nail between the two magnets. The collision was so strong that on the carpet I found only some drops of blood spread around the magnets. Like you smash a hammer on a frikandel (is a Dutch snack, a sort of minced-meat hot dog)...

I appreciate that you will place my story with the pictures to warn others about the not known danger of these beautiful magnets

Best regards....... Dirk - The Netherlands

The manufacturer's warning:

THESE ARE ABSOLUTELY NOT TOYS AND CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS! KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN!
THESE MAGNETS CAN EASILY CRUSH FINGERS!
WE WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR INJURY OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY THESE POWERFUL MAGNETS.
THESE MAGNETS ARE SOLD TO ADULTS ONLY AND REQUIRE
AN ADULT SIGNATURE UPON DELIVERY.

If you really need unbelievably powerful magnets, here they are.
Uses include magnetic steering of nuclear particles in accelerators, levitation devices, magnetic beam amplifiers, scrap iron separators, etc.

Beware - you must think ahead when moving these magnets.

If carrying one into another room, carefully plan the route you will be taking. Sensitive instruments like computers & monitors will be affected in an entire room. Loose metallic objects and other magnets may become airborne and fly at great speed to attach themselves to these magnets. If you get caught in between the two, you can be severely injured. These magnets will crush bones in the blink of an eye.
Two of these magnets close together can create an almost unbelievable magnetic field that can be incredibly dangerous.
Of all the unique items we offer for sale, we consider these items the most dangerous of all. Our normal packing & shipping personnel refuse to package these magnets - our engineers have to do it. This is no joke or exaggeration - and we cannot stress it strongly enough. You must be extremely careful - and know what you're doing with these magnets.
Two Supermagnets can very easily get out of control, crush fingers and instantly break ribs or even your arm if opposing poles fly at each other.
A small child recently lost his hand when his father left two # 31 supermagnets unattended. The child picked one up and when he approached the other magnet on a nearby table,
it became airborne and obliterated his small hand.


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Old Time Radio Fans

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OldTimeRadioFans.com:
We are happy to be able to offer hundreds of old time radio shows for free download. Once you download these free OTR shows you can then listen to them on your computer or copy them to a cd so you can listen anywhere!

We started this website out of a love for classic radio shows from the 30's, 40's and 50's. By offering free OTR downloads we can keep the innocent spirit of the golden age of radio alive in the new millennium! Some of our favorite old time radio shows include The Shadow, Amos & Andy, Fibber McGee & Molly, Sherlock Holmes and so many more!

All the old radio shows on this site are in MP3 format so you should have no trouble downloading and listening to them. We love to hear from other OTR fans so please send us email and let us know you think of the site, what your favorite old time radio show is, or just to say hi! Thanks for stopping by.

Old Time Radio Shows Listed By Category
Comedy - Amos and Andy | My Favorite Husband | Fibber McGee And Molly | Father Knows Best | Abbott & Costello | Baby Snooks Show | Our Miss Brooks | My Friend Irma | Bob Hope Show | Red Skelton | Cinnamon Bear | The Goldbergs | The Fred Allen Show | Ozzie And Harriet | Jack Benny | Lets Pretend

Drama - Lux Radio Theater | Campbell Playhouse | Mercury Theater On Air | Radio City Playhouse | Texaco Theater | Challenge Of The Yukon | Sears Mutual Radio Theater

Mystery / Thriller - Lights Out | Suspense | Escape | The Man Called X | The Unexpected | Beyond Midnight | The Whistler | Night Beat | Terry And The Pirates | CBS Radio Mystery Theater | The Whisperer | I Love A Mystery | Jack Armstrong

Science Fiction - 2000 Plus | Dimension X | X Minus One | Beyond Tomorrow | Flash Gordon | Superman

Western - Gunsmoke | Hopalong Cassidy | Death Valley Days | Have Gun Will Travel | Tales Of The Texas Rangers | Gene Autry Melody Ranch | Straight Arrow | The Lone Ranger

Detective Stories - The Adventures of Phillip Marlow | Sherlock Holmes | Charlie Chan | The Shadow | Blackstone The Magic Detective | Calling All Detectives | The Saint | Michael Shayne | Dragnet


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Ian Skennerton: Enfield Specialist



Enfield rifles & carbines are Skennerton specialties. He has had an interesting life and a lot of experience with what he writes about.

Snider, Martini, Lee-Metford, Lee-Enfield, SMLE, No.4, No.5 Rifles are the main topic of this Australian author and historical arms specialist who commenced publishing in 1975.

Arms & Militaria Press International Arms & Militaria 'Collector' color magazine started in 1995. It covers British & Empire rifles, carbines & revolvers, swords & bayonets, machine guns and grenades. With over 100 self-authored publications to his credit, Ian is perhaps best known for the books 'Lee-Enfield Rifle', 'British Sniper', 'British & Commonwealth Bayonets' & 'Broad Arrow'.

His list of publications is pretty extensive:
His website reeks of the Britain of the past and has many links to many news items related to British militaria.

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Deviant Art

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DeviantArt: Where Art meets application! A community for artists and those devoted to art, including digital art, art prints, skin art, themes, wallpaper art, traditional art, film & animation, photography, Manga/Anime, game development art, literature, flash, poetry and prose.

IOW, Wallpaper Heaven! With over 11 million members, over 100 million submissions, and around 100,000 submissions per day there is a lot to look at. The founders said "It is our intention to create the most powerful outlet in the world for known and unknown artists alike."

They succeeded!

One caveat: If you download something here, be aware it MAY be illegal. There is no review of potential copyright and Creative Commons licensing violations when a work is submitted to DeviantArt, so such violations can remain unnoticed. Some members of the community have been the victims of abuse from disreputable vendors using artwork illegally on products and prints.

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The Catalogue of American Patented Antique Tools


The Catalogue of American Patented Antique Tools is intended to create a virtual catalog of the most spectacular American patented tools. Most of the tools shown are in the collections of the world's leading tool museums and private collections.


http://www.finetools.com/renderimage.aspx?Toolid=122
There are many gorgeous photos like this early carved bone handle chisel.


Some of the best tools may also be in YOUR collection, and they invite you to send in your tool information if you'd like one or more of your tools to be included on this site.

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Smokstak: Antique Gas Engines

Smokstak hosts an assortment of antique engine forums related to collecting, restoring and showing hit and miss engines*, vintage Diesels, steam engines, antique tractors, old generators, pumps, industrial antiques and collectibles.

There are thousands of old engine photos and hundreds of discussions about all types of engines and old iron topics. It is a world wide community with members of all ages from Australia, Europe, North America and other points across the globe.

The topics covered in the forums are pretty extensive: hit and miss engines*, unidentified engines, vintage diesel engines, hot air and stirling, early site archives, magazine articles, small gasoline engines, Maytag collectibles, farm + industrial antiques, garden tractors, scale model engineering, toy steam engines, oil field engines, antique marine engines, ebay auction forum, steam and traction, subscriber's photos, show & auction calendar, links to other sites, tractor + engine auctions, chain saw collectors, Youtube old iron videos, lugs + cleats + steel wheels, vintage tractor talk, trucks, trailers and hauling, alternative fuels, magneto ignitions, smoke, gas and flames, antique auto/truck engines, photo gallery, paint shop, shop talk, blacksmithing & metals, weld shop, generators and motors, old Kohler light plants, Onan power plants, Generac gensets, and military surplus mobile electric power.

*A hit-and-miss engine is a type of four-stroke internal combustion engine that was conceived in the late 1800s and was produced by various companies from the 1890s through approximately the 1930s. The name comes from the method of speed control that is implemented on these engines (as opposed to the "throttle governed" method of speed control). The sound made when the engine is running is a distinctive "POP whoosh whoosh whoosh whoosh POP" as the engine fires and then coasts until the speed decreases and needs to fire again to maintain its average speed.

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Robert Bateman, Artist

Robert Bateman is my favorite wildlife artist. No one else even comes close to him.

Robert Bateman

Born in Toronto in 1930, Robert Bateman has been a keen artist and naturalist from his early days. He has always painted wildlife and nature, beginning with a representational style, moving through impressionism and cubism to abstract expressionism. In his early thirties he moved back to realism as a more suitable way to express the particularity of the planet. It is this style that has made him one of the foremost artists depicting the world of nature.

"Realism" is the word for his work. He has a touch for fur and feathers and a way of painting their textures that makes you want to reach out and touch them.

http://www.artcountrycanada.com/images/Home%20Page/LOGO.jpg

Art Country Canada carries many of his paintings, and a quick browse will give you a sampling of his work.

I have a few of his books, and would like to get more.

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Museum of the Rockies: Worth Visiting!

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The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman houses the largest collection of dinosaur remains in the United States and possesses the largest Tyrannosaurus skull ever discovered as well as the thigh bone of a Tyrannosaurus Rex that contains soft-tissue remains.

Jack Horner, from Shelby, MT, is the Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies, which is an affiliate of the Smithsonian. He served as the technical advisor for all of the Jurassic Park films, and even served as partial inspiration for one of the lead characters, Dr. Alan Grant. Within the paleontological community, Horner is best known for his work on the cutting edge of dinosaur growth research.

Because of a number of geological factors, Montana is the Gobi Desert (the source of many important fossil finds, including the first dinosaur eggs) of North America, a place where the fossil record is close to the surface but not eroded away. The first fossils were collected here in the 1850's and the search continues on to today.

In 1855, Ferndinand Vanderveer Hayden led a geological expedition to the Judith River region of Montana and discovered the first dinosaur teeth from the western part of the United States.

Barnum Brown led an expedition to the Hell Creek Formation of Southeastern Montana in 1902 and discovered and excavated the first documented remains of Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The Hell Creek digs produced extravagant quantities of fossils, enough to fill up whole train cars. As was common practice back then Brown's crews used controlled blasts of dynamite to remove the tons of rock covering their fossil discoveries. Everything was moved with horse-drawn carriages and pure man-power.

Significant finds are still going on around the state, like Leonardo, found along the Judith River.




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The museum is not just about dinosaurs:

The museum's collection about the physical and cultural history of the Rocky Mountains and the people and animals who have lived there is extensive. Its permanent exhibits include: Enduring Peoples, which chronicles the life of American Indians on the Northern Plains and near the Rocky Mountains; History of the Northern Rocky Mountain Region, whose inhabitants included Native Americans, fur traders, gold seekers, and white settlers from frontier days through World War II; Living History Farm, which includes the Tinsley House where costumed interpreters demonstrate life in a turn-of-the-century home; and the Taylor Planetarium, a 40 ft, 104-seat domed theater.

The Museum of the Rockies Photo Archive is a preservation and research collection of historical photography from the Northern Rockies Region of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. The Archive collects and preserves photographs from the late 1860s to the 1980's that document the people, places, industry, and events of the region.

The Photo Archive collection contains over 80,000 photographs, including the complete archives of several local and regional photographers. Image formats and processes represented in the collection include: daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, numerous 19th and 20th century black and white print mediums, original negatives, and a small collection of motion picture film. Unfortunately, only a few are online.

Other exhibits in the museum include artifacts from Tutankhamun's tomb and works of art by Picasso.

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Lotsa Links I Like Lots

Some are not politically correct, some may not work. YMMV.
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DivShare: Upload any file. We host it forever. You share it anywhere.
http://upload.divshare.com/

Serious XP Registry tweaks:
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

XP resource site:
http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/articles.htm

Download missing dll files you need immediately!
http://dll-downloads.com/index.asp

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Website lets you upload up to 1 gig and download it any time you want.
http://www.dropboks.com/

Mail large files to someone if your email doesnt support it.
http://www.mailbigfile.com/

Free online virus, spyware, and maleware scanner
http://www.virustotal.com/en/indexf.html

Make your own temporary email address.
http://spambox.us/

Premade usernames and passwords to websites so you don't have to make a account yourself.
http://www.bugmenot.com/

This site will call you in the future in a set up time you chose.
http://www.callthefuture.org/

Here is a good tech support site for mutliple things.
http://forums.techguy.org/

Input someones ip into this site and it will show you where they are.
http://www.ip-adress.com/

This site converts text to binary or vice versa.
http://nickciske.com/tools/binary.php

Tells you default router passwords.
http://www.routerpasswords.com/

This site has a bunch of tools for download
http://www.majorgeeks.com/

A free hacking zone.
http://www.hackerslab.org/eorg/index.html

Tools and texts about hacking and security.
http://www.hackerscenter.com/

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320 TV free channels. sports, movies, news, comedy, business, cartoons, adult.
ESPN, E-Music, ABC News, BBC, FOX, Bloomberg, Galaxy, Comedy TV, PETN Music, etc.
http://www.myeasytv.com/

Top 20 Temporary and Disposable Email Services
http://www.sizlopedia.com/2007/05/27/top-20-temporary-and-disposable-email-services/

Default router password list:
http://www.phenoelit.de/dpl/dpl.html

Free online pdf converter:
http://www.expresspdf.com/

Find open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software:
http://www.osalt.com/

AnonTxt.com - Send Free Anonymous Text Messages Online:
http://www.anontxt.com/

How to trace any IP address and see a satellite picture of its location:
http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/video-trace-any-ip-address

ILRG Legal Forms Archive - 1,750+ Free Legal Forms and Documents:
http://www.ilrg.com/forms/index.html

Default password list, by manufacturer:
http://www.phenoelit.de/dpl/dpl.html

Gargantuan list of ports used by different programs:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_TCP_and_UDP_port_numbers

CSS Layout Techniques: for the dummies like me:
http://glish.com/css/

Anonymous web surfing:
http://www.publicproxyservers.com/page1.html
http://www.econsultant.com/proxylist/index.html

one-time-use (throw-away) instant email addresses:
http://www.mailinater.com

excuse files for getting off the phone - MP3:
http://www.sorrygottago.com/

Solutions for lost SN/PW - searches.
http://www.crack-locator.com/
http://www.zcrack.com/
http://www.cracklooker.com/
http://astalavista.box.sk/
http://www.serialdevil.com/

How to Bypass Most Firewall Restrictions:
http://www.buzzsurf.com/surfatwork/

How to find video, sound and image files in unprotected directories:
http://www.googletutor.com/2005/04/15/voyeur-heaven/

Tor: An anonymous Internet communication system:
http://tor.eff.org/

Temporary, expiring, e-mail address, transparently forwards to your real e-mail:
http://spambox.us/

Extremely useful free utilities that do specific jobs really well:
http://www.econsultant.com/i-want-freeware-utilities/index.html

Email attachments-files up to 50 MB:
http://www.beta.yousendit.com/

The best internet reference tools:
http://www.itools.com/
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Anonymous bypass for url or ip based filters:
http://www.dtunnel.com/
http://ibypass.net/
http://surfinsecret.com/

Firefox Nightly Tester Tools - fix broken extensions, etc.:
http://users.blueprintit.co.uk/~dave/web/firefox/buildid/nightly.html

Free portable apps for your memory stick:
http://portableapps.com/

Diagnostic and other Utilites that run from a memory stick
http://www.snapfiles.com/features/ed_usb_software.html

Connection speed & bandwidth tests:
http://www.dslreports.com/stest
http://bandwidthplace.com/speedtest/
http://myspeed.visualware.com/voip/

Stumbleupon FF extension - for when you are bored:
https://addons.mozilla.org/search.php?q=stumbleupon&app=firefox

Anti-virus test file - check your program:
http://www.eicar.org/anti_virus_test_file.htm

Finds your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows:
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

The best breaking newsfeed:
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/

PSU Calculator - how big do you need:
http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp

Search for expiring and on-hold domain names by keyword:
http://deleteddomains.com/

Default IDs and Passwords in Vendor Products:
http://www.cirt.net/cgi-bin/passwd.pl

400+ free Extremely useful applications and utilities:
http://www.econsultant.com/i-want-open-source-software/index.html
http://www.nowpublic.com/400_freewares_direct_links

Collection of specialized Google search tools:
http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/2006/04/the-big-google-search-tools-collection/

5000 free online Programming / Computer / Internet Books:
http://2020ok.com/5.htm

Free PDF user manuals for consumer electronics from air conditioners to VCRs:
http://www.usersmanualguide.com/

Extreme list of possible windows startup entries from 3cmlink.exe to Zonealarm:
12,500+ entries by category:
* "Y" - Normally leave to run at start-up
* "N" - Not required - typically infrequently used tasks that can be started manually if necessary
* "U" - User's choice - depends whether a user deems it necessary
* "X" - Definitely not required - typically viruses, spyware, adware and "resource hogs"
* "?" - Unknown
http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php?letter=&filter=&count=50&offset=100

Send any size file to anyone, free:
http://www.pando.com/beta/

Watch TV over the net:
http://www.channelchooser.com/
http://peekvid.com/

"Hard to find" 800 number directory:
http://www.hardtofind800numbers.com/

Download videos DIRECT from most video sites:
http://keepvid.com/

Maps for downloading and printing:
http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/reference.html

All the image generators you'll ever need:
http://generatorblog.blogspot.com/

Release Dates for Upcoming Movies/DVDs/Books/CDs/Games
http://www.releaseguide.com/

!Complete! reference site for web developers
http://www.alvit.de/handbook/index.php

Webmaster's tools:
http://www.tonyyoo.com/protolize/

Download photos from Webshots.com without premium account:
http://feelingtea.com/webshots.php

The latest web buzz & news:
http://popurls.com/

Specialized Google searches:
http://www.usabilityviews.com/simply_google.htm

Free downloads of current popular magazines: (Natnl geographic, Playboy, FHM, Computer Shopper, etc)
http://www.spotbit.com/main/index.php

Send anonymous emails:
http://www.anonysend.com/

240 great classic books online:
http://www.anova.org/

50 ways to take notes online:
http://www.solutionwatch.com/368/fifty-ways-to-take-notes/

Free one-time secure web messaging service:
http://www.willselfdestruct.com/secure/submit

Website building tools:
http://www.enetplace.com/sitebuild.html

1300 Old Versions of 110 programs:
http://www.oldapps.com/

Historical Voices in MP3 Format:
http://www.freeinfosociety.com/site.php?postnum=460

Other Uses for LEDs from Christmas lights (case mods?):
http://www.breskin.com/writing/intro1.htm

A specific LED project:
http://brainerror.net/texts_macroring_en.php

Repairing Windows XP in Eight Commands:
http://www.short-media.com/review.php?r=313

The top 100 Freeware downloads:
http://www.snapfiles.com/topdownloads/Freeware-top100-25.html

Input an MD5 hash and search for its decrypted state:
http://www.md5decrypter.com/

9800 free fonts:
http://www.creamundo.com/index.php?lang=en

Analyze your website:
http://www.se-inspector.com/

Check, validate and verify damaged JPEG files:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Others/Bad-Peggy.shtml

Detailed list of running Windows processes: normal, virus, Trojan or spyware:
http://www.processid.com/processes.html

Foreground/background color compatability wheel:
http://gmazzocato.altervista.org/colorwheel/wheel.php

Test your firewall settings:
http://www.grc.com
http://scan.sygate.com/probe.html

Site checks your web page for broken links:
http://www.siteowner.com/badlinks.cfm
http://validator.w3.org/checklink

USB device drivers for DOS.
http://oldfiles.org.uk/powerload/yes.htm

Changing drive icons:
http://www.virtualplastic.net/html/icn_drv.html

Absolute beginnners guide to HTML & CSS:
http://www.sitepoint.com/article/html-css-beginners-guide

All you ever wanted to know about photographic composition:
http://photoinf.com/

I want a Firefox Extension to ... 200+ extremely useful firefox extensions
http://www.econsultant.com/i-want-firefox-extension/index.html

Photoshop action sets:
http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/photoshop-tools.htm

Adding your website to MSN & Google search engines:
http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
http://submitit.bcentral.com/msnsubmit.htm

Cheatsheet for Googling:
http://www.google.com/help/cheatsheet.html

HTML tag tutorial:
http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/

On-the-fly internet clipboard, bypass firewalls, copy/paste between computers:
http://cl1p.net/

how to mask your ip and use country-restricted sites:
http://6initiative.com/how-to-mask-your-ip-and-use-country-restricted-sites-2/

Build a free spreadsheet online:
http://www.google.com/googlespreadsheets/

Live Radio on the Internet - Listen to the World on your pc:
http://www.live-radio.net/info.shtml

Fake name/phone/address/etc generator:
http://dev.allredtech.com/fakename/

Build your own FireFox extension:
http://www.webmonkey.com/06/25/index3a.html

Photoshop Tips & Tricks:
http://www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/

9 Performance Tips for WindowsXP:
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1590

Getting your site indexed before you launch (or after):
http://www.site-reference.com/articles/Search-Engines/Getting-Your-Site-Indexed-Before-You-Launch.html

Disposable phone numbers/voice mail:
http://www.privatephone.com/

How to bypass BIOS passwords:
http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/reference/biosp.htm

Most common "cause of death" for computer:
26% PSU and power issues
23% Bad gear and user negligence
13% Heatsink related
15% Assembly and moving
10% Lightning strike and static
3% Computer cruelty
6% USB related
2% Overclocking





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John's Old Car Pictures


With over 10,000 pictures on these pages you are sure to find something you like.

There are photos and information on many topics: Corvettes to Crosleys, Divcos to Dodges, Harleys to Humbers, Hinos to Hummers, with sections on Locomotives, Aircraft, Ads, Paintings, Models, Carvings, Customs, and other auto-related links.

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Teardrop Trailers

http://www.cozycruiser.com/images/super-deluxe-teardrop-trailer.gif

Two sites that cater to these little cuties are Teardrops, which covers the whole subject past and present, and Teardrops & Tiny Travel Trailers , which is geared toward home-built rigs.

Teardrop trailers, also known as teardrop camper trailers, are streamlined, compact, lightweight travel trailers, getting their name from the teardrop profile. They usually only have sleeping space for two adults and often have a basic kitchen in the rear.

Teardrop trailers first became popular in the 1930s and remained so until the mid 1960s when they disappeared from mainstream camping. However, in recent years teardrop trailers have made a resurgence and are again growing in popularity.

A teardrop trailer is generally small, ranging from 4 to 6 feet in width and 8 to 10 feet in length. They are usually from 4 to 5 feet in height. Wheels and tires are usually outside the body and are covered by fenders. Since teardrop trailers are so light, usually less than 1000 pounds, just about any vehicle can tow one and gas mileage is minimally affected.

There is room inside a teardrop trailer for two people to sleep as well as storage for clothes and other items. Outside, in the rear under a hatch, there is usually an area for cooking referred to as the galley. Teardrop trailers tend to have lighting and other electrical power supplied by battery, although some have mains power hookups like regular travel trailers.

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A Dollar's Worth, Then and Now

Two inflation calculators to compare dollar values of various years are here (1913 to 2009) and here (1800 to 2007). These are kind of fun if you compare the price of Great-grandfather's Model T to a Ford Focus, and depressing if you look at the wages you made in the 70's compared to what you make today.

This chart is calibrated for the value of a 1910 dollar and shows, roughly, the purchasing power of that dollar in other years. CPI = Consumer Price Index. You can access it and change the year values here.

year
CPI
Avg
dollar
value
inflation history





1800 51.00 $0.549
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1801 50.00 $0.560 -2
1802 43.00 $0.651 -14
1803 45.00 $0.622 4.7 Louisiana Purchase
1804 45.00 $0.622 0
1805 45.00 $0.622 0
1806 47.00 $0.596 4.4
1807 44.00 $0.636 -6.4
1808 48.00 $0.583 9.1
1809 47.00 $0.596 -2.1
1810 47.00 $0.596 0
1811 50.00 $0.560 6.4
1812 51.00 $0.549 2 War of 1812
1813 58.00 $0.483 13.7
1814 63.00 $0.444 8.6
1815 55.00 $0.509 -12.7 Napoleon defeated
1816 51.00 $0.549 -7.3
1817 48.00 $0.583 -5.9
1818 46.00 $0.609 -4.2
1819 46.00 $0.609 0
1820 42.00 $0.667 -8.7
1821 40.00 $0.700 -4.8
1822 40.00 $0.700 0
1823 36.00 $0.778 -10
1824 33.00 $0.848 -8.3
1825 34.00 $0.824 3
1826 34.00 $0.824 0
1827 34.00 $0.824 0 first railroad in U.S.
1828 33.00 $0.848 -2.9
1829 32.00 $0.875 -3
1830 32.00 $0.875 0
1831 32.00 $0.875 0
1832 30.00 $0.933 -6.3
1833 29.00 $0.966 -3.3
1834 30.00 $0.933 3.4
1835 31.00 $0.903 3.3
1836 33.00 $0.848 6.5 Colt's revolver
1837 34.00 $0.824 3
1838 32.00 $0.875 -5.9
1839 32.00 $0.875 0
1840 30.00 $0.933 -6.3
1841 31.00 $0.903 3.3
1842 29.00 $0.966 -6.5
1843 28.00 $1.000 -3.4
1844 28.00 $1.000 0
1845 28.00 $1.000 0
1846 27.00 $1.037 -3.6
1847 28.00 $1.000 3.7
1848 26.00 $1.077 -7.1
1849 25.00 $1.120 -3.8 California gold rush
1850 25.00 $1.120 0 end "little ice age" (~1350-1850) warm trend
1851 25.00 $1.120 0
1852 25.00 $1.120 0
1853 25.00 $1.120 0
1854 27.00 $1.037 8
1855 28.00 $1.000 3.7
1856 27.00 $1.037 -3.6
1857 28.00 $1.000 3.7
1858 26.00 $1.077 -7.1
1859 27.00 $1.037 3.8 Colorado gold rush
1860 27.00 $1.037 0
1861 27.00 $1.037 0 Civil War
1862 30.00 $0.933 11.1
1863 37.00 $0.757 23.3
1864 47.00 $0.596 27
1865 46.00 $0.609 -2.1 end Civil War
1866 44.00 $0.636 -4.3
1867 42.00 $0.667 -4.5
1868 40.00 $0.700 -4.8
1869 40.00 $0.700 0 Transcontinental Railroadcompleted
1870 38.00 $0.737 -5 Suez Canalcompleted
1871 36.00 $0.778 -5.3
1872 36.00 $0.778 0
1873 36.00 $0.778 0 "Long Depression" ~1873 -- ~1897
1874 34.00 $0.824 -5.6
1875 33.00 $0.848 -2.9
1876 32.00 $0.875 -3 A.G. Bell- telephone
1877 32.00 $0.875 0
1878 29.00 $0.966 -9.4
1879 28.00 $1.000 -3.4
1880 29.00 $0.966 3.6
1881 29.00 $0.966 0
1882 29.00 $0.966 0
1883 28.00 $1.000 -3.4
1884 27.00 $1.037 -3.6
1885 27.00 $1.037 0
1886 27.00 $1.037 0 gasoline automobilesin Europe
1887 27.00 $1.037 0
1888 27.00 $1.037 0
1889 27.00 $1.037 0
1890 27.00 $1.037 0
1891 27.00 $1.037 0
1892 27.00 $1.037 0
1893 27.00 $1.037 0
1894 26.00 $1.077 -3.7
1895 25.00 $1.120 -3.8 Marconi-- telegraph
1896 25.00 $1.120 0 Klondike gold rush; penicillin
1897 25.00 $1.120 0
1898 25.00 $1.120 0 end Spanish-American War
1899 25.00 $1.120 0
1900 25.00 $1.120 0
1901 25.00 $1.120 0
1902 26.00 $1.077 4 Oldsmobileproduction line
1903 27.00 $1.037 3.8
1904 27.00 $1.037 0
1905 27.00 $1.037 0
1906 27.00 $1.037 0
1907 28.00 $1.000 3.7
1908 27.00 $1.037 -3.6
1909 27.00 $1.037 0
1910 28.00 $1.000 3.7 Fordproductionline
1911 28.00 $1.000 0
1912 29.00 $0.966 3.6
1913 29.70 $0.943 2.4
1914 30.10 $0.930 1.3 WW-Ibegins
1915 30.40 $0.921 1
1916 32.70 $0.856 7.6
1917 38.40 $0.729 17.4 U.S. entersWW-I
1918 45.10 $0.621 17.4 end WW-I; influenza epidemic
1919 51.80 $0.541 14.9 influenza epidemic-- ( epidemic list)
1920 60.00 $0.467 15.8 recession
1921 53.60 $0.522 -10.7
1922 50.20 $0.558 -6.3
1923 51.10 $0.548 1.8
1924 51.20 $0.547 0.2
1925 52.50 $0.533 2.5
1926 53.00 $0.528 1
1927 52.00 $0.538 -1.9
1928 51.30 $0.546 -1.3
1929 51.30 $0.546 0 Great Depression-- through 1930's
1930 50.00 $0.560 -2.5
1931 45.60 $0.614 -8.8
1932 40.90 $0.685 -10.3 New Deal
1933 38.80 $0.722 -5.1 Third Reich
1934 40.10 $0.698 3.4
1935 41.10 $0.681 2.5
1936 41.50 $0.675 1
1937 43.00 $0.651 3.6 recession
1938 42.20 $0.664 -1.9
1939 41.60 $0.673 -1.4 invasion of Poland- WW-II
1940 42.00 $0.667 1
1941 44.10 $0.635 5 Pearl Harbor- U.S. in WW-II
1942 48.80 $0.574 10.7 baby boom (~1940 - 1957)
1943 51.80 $0.541 6.1
1944 52.70 $0.531 1.7
1945 53.90 $0.519 2.3 end WW-II
1946 58.50 $0.479 8.5 ENIAC -- computer
1947 66.90 $0.419 14.4
1948 72.10 $0.388 7.8
1949 71.40 $0.392 -1
1950 72.10 $0.388 1 Korean War
1951 77.80 $0.360 7.9
1952 79.50 $0.352 2.2
1953 80.10 $0.350 0.8 end Korean War
1954 80.50 $0.348 0.5
1955 80.20 $0.349 -0.4
1956 81.40 $0.344 1.5
1957 84.30 $0.332 3.6 baby boompeak
1958 86.60 $0.323 2.7 U.S. space programbegins
1959 87.30 $0.321 0.8 Integrated Circuit; Vietnam war
1960 88.70 $0.316 1.6
1961 89.60 $0.313 1
1962 90.60 $0.309 1.1
1963 91.70 $0.305 1.2
1964 92.90 $0.301 1.3
1965 94.50 $0.296 1.7
1966 97.20 $0.288 2.9
1967 100.00 $0.280 2.9
1968 104.20 $0.269 4.2
1969 109.80 $0.255 5.4
1970 116.30 $0.241 5.9
1971 121.30 $0.231 4.3
1972 125.30 $0.223 3.3
1973 133.10 $0.210 6.2 Arab oil embargo
1974 147.70 $0.190 11
1975 161.20 $0.174 9.1 personal computer; end Vietnam war
1976 170.50 $0.164 5.8
1977 181.50 $0.154 6.5
1978 195.40 $0.143 7.7
1979 217.40 $0.129 11.3 oil crisis-- Iranian revolution
1980 246.80 $0.113 13.5
1981 272.40 $0.103 10.4
1982 289.10 $0.097 6.1
1983 298.40 $0.094 3.2
1984 311.10 $0.090 4.3
1985 322.20 $0.087 3.6
1986 328.40 $0.085 1.8
1987 340.40 $0.082 3.6
1988 354.30 $0.079 4.1
1989 371.30 $0.075 4.8 Berlin Wall falls
1990 391.40 $0.072 5.4
1991 408.00 $0.069 4.2 USSR dissolved; Persian Gulf War
1992 420.30 $0.067 3
1993 432.70 $0.065 3
1994 444.00 $0.063 2.2
1995 456.50 $0.061 2.8
1996 469.90 $0.060 2.9
1997 480.80 $0.058 2.3
1998 488.30 $0.057 1.6
1999 499.10 $0.056 2.2
2000 515.80 $0.054 3.4
2001 530.10 $0.053 2.8 9-11 -- [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ]
2002 538.80 $0.052 1.6
2003 551.10 $0.051 2.3 Invasion of Iraq
2004 565.80 $0.049 2.7 oil price increases
2005* 584.90 $0.048 3.4

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