Windows 10: Who's thinking of Switching to Spartan?

View Poll Results: Do you think you will switch to Spartan?

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  • Most likely

    14 29.79%
  • Highly unlikely

    7 14.89%
  • Depends

    17 36.17%
  • I don't know

    9 19.15%
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  1.    04 Mar 2015 #61

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    A what??
    A slipstick is a slang term for sliderule. A slide rule was an expensive analog calculator that requires a certain amount of skill to use and wasn't as accurate and couldn't do as many functions as the cheapest scientific calculators of today. The free calculator in Windows is easier to use and is far more accurate than a slipstick ever could be yet slipsticks once were used to engineer almost every thing from automobiles to planes and big ships, homes to giant skyscrapers, and even put people in space.

    I still have my Daddy's old sliderule somewhere. I fooled with it some when I was a kid but Daddy worked for Motorola and was able to score an early pocket calculator so guess which one I used most of the time?
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  2.    04 Mar 2015 #62

    Edwin said: View Post
    This is as close to a 'SlipStick' I can get, rather, that I've ever used.
    (Couldn't believe I still have it in my desk drawer!)

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    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Here's another one. Sling Psychrometer. Swing it around a bit, slide back in, line up temp marks, get rel humidity.
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    Technically, those are not sliderules, especially the second one. This is a simple sliderule (some could be pretty complex):

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  3.    05 Mar 2015 #63

    I have an old slide rule left from 1920s when my father was studying architecture. it's about 5" wide and 30" long, has 3 inner sliders with extra outside sliders for calculating Pi and all other kinds of specialized calculations. I used to take it to school and pretend I know how to use it but (ha ha) never managed to do more than simple multiplication at level that I could do in my head anyway.
    "Slipsticks", I collected quite a few. Every machining tool company used to give one with their products to calculate feeds and speeds for their products, also hydraulics, electrical, mechanical ones for calculations of parameters needed to use in specified product. Setting up production machines without them would be all but impossible. Walls of my shops in various factories were also wallpapered with different charts and cross references. Stuff like that is much faster than having to look up those things on a computer or even calculate on a calculator although a watch with a calculator saved me from walking some miles in the factories.
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       05 Mar 2015 #64

    Lady Fitzgerald said: View Post
    Technically, those are not sliderules, especially the second one. This is a simple sliderule (some could be pretty complex):

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    Second one was intended to be an example of a type of "slipstick", not sliderule, as stated. Countmike is correct in that they came in all varieties of pre-defined functions. A Sling Psychrometer is just another pre-defined function slipstick.
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       05 Mar 2015 #65

    CountMike said: View Post
    I have an old slide rule left from 1920s when my father was studying architecture. it's about 5" wide and 30" long, has 3 inner sliders with extra outside sliders for calculating Pi and all other kinds of specialized calculations. I used to take it to school and pretend I know how to use it but (ha ha) never managed to do more than simple multiplication at level that I could do in my head anyway.
    "Slipsticks", I collected quite a few. Every machining tool company used to give one with their products to calculate feeds and speeds for their products, also hydraulics, electrical, mechanical ones for calculations of parameters needed to use in specified product. Setting up production machines without them would be all but impossible. Walls of my shops in various factories were also wallpapered with different charts and cross references. Stuff like that is much faster than having to look up those things on a computer or even calculate on a calculator although a watch with a calculator saved me from walking some miles in the factories.
    Post a picture of this Goliath analog calculator! Love to see it! Maybe a short selfie-vid of you with it in action!
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  6.    05 Mar 2015 #66

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Post a picture of this Goliath analog calculator! Love to see it! Maybe a short selfie-vid of you with it in action!
    Just have to find it, it's somewhere in my museum (er.... attic). As for video of me using it, just imagine a very puzzled and confused face.
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       05 Mar 2015 #67

    CountMike said: View Post
    Just have to find it, it's somewhere in my museum (er.... attic). As for video of me using it, just imagine a very puzzled and confused face.
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    It's Count Mikie! circa Halloween 1948
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  8.    05 Mar 2015 #68

    I must have had a look like that because I'm still wondering which kind of crazy world I popped into.
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       05 Mar 2015 #69

    When I first started to study electronics in 1972, I bought a nice slide rule, made of metal instead of plastic, It even had a leather carrying case. However, once calculators came down in price the slide rule went out the window.

    In 1973, the HP 45 calculator was the one all of us electronics students drooled over but it cost $400. I ended up with a National Semiconductor 4640 which was a clone of the HP 45 but because I knew someone that worked at NS, I was able to get it for $120.

    Had to learn this strange way of doing calculations, RPN (Reverse Polish Notation). Most of my fellow students used TI calculators since they were most affordable. TI's used Algebraic Notation and I would challenge people with their TI calculator to enter a complex formula on their calc and see who can come up with the answer first. RPN was far more efficient at doing stuff with nested parentheses so that there was no contest, I won every time. RPN was strange at first but once I picked it up it was so much easier.
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       06 Mar 2015 #70

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    I've used Comodo Dragon and it's not that bad. I just stick with FF because I've used it so long. But, I agree with you I will use Spartan as a secondary when it comes out, I just hope it comes out soon. Next build would be nice but I think we might have to wait until the build after the next one.

    Jeff
    I love Chrome. I use to be a fan of FireFox,but my favorite streaming site ''firstrowsports'' at some point, i couldn't watch my video stream sports without disabling add- block and those damn advertising adds and malware and virus were ready to screw my OPS,but i found my saver Google Chrome +Ad-block plus, with just a couple clicks i was able to disable adds and watch clean video streaming without a single add,making it safe.While in FFox, if there is a way to get rid of adds in this specific site firtrowsports! ,it must be so hard to config,some people say they can do it,but i have yet to see it to believe it.
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