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[#] Fri Mar 06 2015 12:24:27 EST from vince-q @ Uncensored

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Yup - same sort of thing with the MFJ catalog.

MFJ, among us hams, has earned the "Mighty Fine Junk" nickname. You really must have a discerning eye along with experience in order to find the gems among the garbage in their catalog, which is only marginally better than their web site. But there ***are*** gems to be found.

Same goes for the Cushcraft (CushCrap) catalog for antennas and antenna related hardware. If you know what you are doing, lots good to be found amidst the total crap that otherwise abounds.

Example: Cushcraft 5-element Yagi (beam) for six meters.
Worst antenna ever designed.
Buy one anyway, do not use the smallest (most forward) director but save it and the mounting hardware. Use it, along with some other stuff you can buy at any big-box home improvement store, and build my 4-element TriYagi (see the QST article for all measurements). MUCH cheaper than gathering all the hardware from "scratch." And much less work!!


[#] Fri Mar 06 2015 15:00:16 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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And sort of related but not really, you can all feel happy, SkyMall magazine will return!

[#] Thu Mar 19 2015 09:06:45 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Wow. How the heck are they doing that? Are they perhaps firing intersecting beams of energy that solidify the resin at any point where they meet?

[#] Thu Mar 19 2015 10:57:30 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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If I read it correctly, they have a layer of oxygen on the floor of the basin; which in combination with UV-light makes the solid parts.


[#] Tue Mar 24 2015 03:05:22 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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heres the guy holding a talk, and its printing while that ;)

cool stuff.

[#] Thu Apr 02 2015 12:29:07 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ok, so no intersecting beams, they're projecting a 2-d image onto the bottom of the pan from below. Very cool.

[#] Fri Apr 03 2015 12:31:52 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Transpiling js to lua? nice idea...

but it seems they abandoned it with this relaese.

[#] Mon Apr 06 2015 08:37:42 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I feel JS is probably better known than Lua, although they're both pretty well known.

[#] Mon Apr 06 2015 19:38:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Lua's fame is as an embeddable language.  I don't think anyone actually builds Lua stuff because they like Lua.  It's just so easy to embed the interpreter.

JavaScript is picking up a lot of steam in that space.

[#] Tue Apr 07 2015 08:31:55 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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This is true. I've never particularly liked Lua as an embedded language, though.

But maybe I'm just picky.

I rather like JavaScript as an embedded language. Or Python, heh, if you could embed it.

[#] Tue Apr 07 2015 13:38:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Python is totally embeddable. There's a well-defined interface for using it that way.

The downside is that it simply isn't a very lightweight embed.

The big well-known JavaScript interpreters (v8 etc) are pretty heavy as well.
I'm currently looking at Duktape [] as a possible solution though. It looks *really* light, and simple to embed. I don't know how well it works but I intend to find out.

[#] Thu Apr 09 2015 17:44:02 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Hey, check this out. [ ]

Intel is jumping on the "computer on a stick" bandwagon. Reasonable specs for a lightweight client-side system. $149 for the 'doze version, $99 for the Linux version. Looks like just the thing if all you need is a lightweight desktop to connect to services behind the glass.

[#] Thu Apr 09 2015 23:22:54 EDT from vince-q @ Uncensored

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I want one (or three)!!

[#] Sat Apr 11 2015 13:50:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It does look useful. I like the idea of turning any monitor into a full computer without "a box" on the desk. It's also just the thing for kiosks and public displays. I think Intel knows that Android will eventually consume those spaces if left unguarded (and it might happen even if Intel guards them) -- and Android, despite Intel's best efforts, usually means ARM.

Intel ought to be making an ARM processor of their own, actually.

Still, I would like to see the SoC become so ridiculously inexpensive that eventually *every* monitor has a local operating system on board that you can use if you don't want to plug a full computer into it.

[#] Sun Apr 12 2015 07:21:54 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Like... a smart monitor?

While not all of them are like that, Samsung has certainly already been making smart monitors for a while now.

[#] Tue Apr 14 2015 07:29:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Exactly. A smart monitor. With a mouse and keyboard. I've been waiting 20 years for the OBVIOUSLY GOOD IDEA of "network computing" to take hold, and we're finally almost there. We just need to take those last couple of steps.

[#] Tue Apr 14 2015 16:08:19 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Yea, sadly miracast seems to be cumbersome to implement, and not fast enough...

X11 still seems to be the way to go...

[#] Tue Apr 14 2015 17:06:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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ummm.... no. SPICE, RDP, and even VNC are way more efficient for a remote terminal than X11.

[#] Tue Apr 28 2015 04:18:37 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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whew, thats the best webdesign i've seen in ages:

(not... if you mark the code to improve readability it completely vanishes ;-)

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