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2. MY QUESTIONS?
a) Have you seriously considered joining our Electronics "Questions and
Answers News Group"?
b) Do give me some feedback - email costs nothing but your precious time,
terrible being friendless <G>.
3. IS THE INTERNET REALLY FREE?
For over twelve months now I've noticed an emerging trend of what was once
free, often now comes at a price. Formerly free software which relied upon
paid advetising every time you used it now comes with a price tag attached
because advertising revenue is becoming scarce. The old saying "there's
no such thing as a free lunch" certainly rings true.
Free internet access now seems to come with a price:
4. PROJECT SITES FROM SERIOUS STUDENTS AND GRADUATES
(and subscribers also!)
a) DIY RAIL GUN - by John Walter and Brent Short
You too can build your own rail gun - an electromagnetic weapon once highly
classified, but now on the Web as a DIY science project by university students.
b) LOW FREQUENCY DIGITAL RADIO - by Paul Scrivens
This project [for a BEng (Hon.) Electronics & Computing degree at the University
of Ulster] is based on a low frequency digital radio, for receiving NAVTEX
signals. It involves the design and construction of a radio receiver, for
receiving NAVTEX signals (518KHz), and a microprocessor used to decode
these signals for input to a conventional computer via the RS232 port.
5. SAGE ADVICE
A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front
When class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large empty mayonnaise
jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks. Rocks about 2" in diameter.
He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the
jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the
open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar
was full. They agreed it was. The students laughed.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course,
the sand filled up everything else.
"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that this is your life.
The rocks are the important things, your family, your partner, your health,
your children, anything that is so important to you that if it were lost,
you would be nearly destroyed".
"The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house,
your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff."
"If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles
or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy
and time on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that
are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with
your children. Take time to get medical check-ups. Take your partner out
dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give
a dinner party and fix the disposal."
"Take care of the rocks first, the things that really matter. Set your
priorities. The rest is just sand.
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Modest commissions derived from the SALE of high quality reference / text
books, through the highly reputable Amazon organisation, help tremendously
toward the costs of maintaining my sites and keeping everything, including
your newsletter, free.
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5. DAMN LIES AND "STATISTICS" -
This month appears to be a growth of 10% over January although this may
change given there are only 28 days in this month. This newsletter continues
to grow at the rate of 300 - 350 new subscribers per month.
6. [PROMOTIONAL] - affiliate
I'm doing you a favour here as a timely reminder. I didn't forget - so
brownie points for me.
If you are a US resident DON'T forget flowers for your love on Valentines
Day, February 14th - ORDER EARLY! or be in the dog house. Don't say I haven't
7. REAL COOL AND SOMETIMES FREE! DOWNLOADS -
GRAPH PAPER PRINTER - Shareware (please register if you continue to use
Graph Paper Printer is exactly that, a program for printing custom graph
paper. It's easy to use and enables you to produce just about any type
of graph paper you would ever need. It supports Cartesian, Polar, Triangular,
and Mercator coordinates, along with custom margins, custom captions, size,
automatic centering, and more. It can also print music paper, half-polar
paper, logit-log paper, dot paper, lego paper, and your own custom designs.
You can select from lots of different scale graduation styles, which are
available from drop-down picklists, and change the thickness and color
of the lines. A separate preview window is available to show the results
of your settings.
See: http://www.zdnet.com/downloads/stories/info/0,,000WP2,.html 737 kB
8. HUMOUR (by ever popular demand) -
Funny Stories ......
The Cleveland Symphony was performing Beethoven's Ninth.
In the piece,there's a long passage--about 20 minutes-- during
which the bass violinists have nothing to do.
Rather than sit around that whole time looking stupid, some
bass players decided to sneak offstage and go to the tavern
next door for a quick one. After slamming several beers in quick
succession (as bass violinists are prone to do), one of them
looked at her watch.
"Hey! We need to get back!" she said.
No need to panic," said another bass player. "I thought we
might need some extra time, so I tied the last few pages of the
conductor's score together with string. It'll take her a few
minutes to get it untangled."
A few moments later they staggered back to the concert hall
and took their places in the orchestra. About this time, a
member of the audience noticed the conductor seemed a bit
edgy and said as much to her companion.
"Well, of course," said her companion. "Don't you see? It's the
bottom of the Ninth, the score is tied, and the basses are
This Will Scare Them Off
Customer answering phone call from one of those telemarketers
with the "We have the lowest long distance phone rates"
lines... (You know, the ones that call just as you are taking
the first bite of your dinner!)
Customer: I'm glad you called! I've been wanting to get signed up
for that new "nickel-a-minute" rate!
Telemarketer: Certainly, Sir! Just let me get some information
Customer: Right, well, can you go ahead and tell me when I'll get my
Telemarketer: What, Sir?
Customer: Well, since you're going to give me a nickel a minute, I
wondered when I'll start getting paid.
Telemarketer: No, Sir, we don't PAY you.
Customer: You mean this is a FRAUD?
Telemarketer: No, Sir! It's just that we don't PAY you the nickel a
minute. Let me let you talk to a supervisor.
....long conversation with supervisor...
Telemarketer: Now do you understand, Sir?
Customer: I guess so. Could we talk about the "friends-and-family"
plan? I've always wanted a little brother.
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