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Wed Dec 28 23:59:46 CST 2005
In article <20051228200901.50bc58e8.chenmel at earthlink.net>,
Scott Stevens <chenmel at earthlink.net> writes:
> I have 3-4 spare acres here, though, and long term plans include
> putting down a cement slab out there and then a pole building.
That is what I considered adding to the back of my garage for housing
my personal collection. It would be similar to the link that was
posted, just that I wouldn't build it like a bomb shelter :-). I
notice though that this was consistent with his neighbourhood in the
Netherlands and it may be a local zoning style requirement that forced
him to use brick, even if he already wanted to :-). I also think
having a brother that's a stonemason is probably a big help!
For a museum space, I considered an Earth Ship or some other form of
alternative construction not only for the relative price (much more
inexpensive than traditional construction), but also for the sheer
novelty of the building. Having been to lots of little museums and
stores across the country (thanks for the camping trips mom!), its
always fun when they are housed in unique spaces.
One alternative that is quite practical here in Utah is to simply
excavate a space out of a standstone outcropping like Hole 'N The Rock
<http://www.holentherock.com/>. Doing this gives you a climate
controlled environment for free! Rammed earth housing and passive
annual heat storage give you some of the same advantages with above
> Insulation and heat eventually, so it can be a place to operate
> instead of just for storage. [...]
What does everyone think is an acceptable temperature range for
storage? In Salt Lake my garage will get below freezing in winter and
above 110 F in the summer.
> I am at the point where it's time to post giveaways and
> real-cheap-sale items on eBay just to get rid of some of the
> excess, which isn't necessarily museum-grade stuff, but then... I
Will you give us a chance before ebay? :-)
I have mixed feelings about ebay. Its incredibly convenient for
obscure items, but the bidding frenzy stuff and the "view at a
distance" aspect sometimes irk me.
> don't necessarily subscribe to the 'ten year rule' (make that- I
> don't subscribe to it AT ALL in my personal collection.
I collect what I find interesting. I tend to be nostalgic about the
older stuff that I used, which is all 10+ years old at this point.
> I'm a hardware person, and what I really want to focus more time
> on is using some of the 'classic' silicon I have accumulated.
> Z80 sbcs (real Z80, not the new clones and ASIC things) and the
> Intel 8088 project that I've half completed.
Pray tell, what is the "Intel 8088 project"?
> All those wonderful
> 8255, 6821 and Z80 peripheral chips, all the SRAM parts I have,
I only recently heard about people specializing in collecting
individual chips rather than whole systems. It makes perfect sense
from a collecting perspective now that I've heard of it, but I'd never
considered the idea myself. Do you purposefully look for specific
chips? Are you satisfied in removing them from shipping systems or do
you try to find "virgin" chips in their shipping tubes?
> I'm now in the process of dipping my feet in the GnuEDA
> package, [...]
I recall reading in EE times about another freely available tool chain
that was quite useful for small projects. I can dig up a reference if
you'd like. I don't recall it being specifically named as "gnu"
anything, so I think its a different toolchain from what you're
"The Direct3D Graphics Pipeline"-- code samples, sample chapter, FAQ:
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