Friday, September 20, 2013
A box, the suspense is killing me.
Nick! Why are you teasing us? Move aside, foam peanuts.
And there’s more…so what did I get?
A PV JR. which is really handy for electronics projects.
A nice weighted base that works with the vise or any of my other PanaVises.
A speeder handle and some non-marring neoprene jaws. Nice.
I stuck the rubber feet on the base…
This will be useful.
Rubber jaws will be good for when I take up quail egg engraving or toothpick carving.
Vee grooves in the jaws so I can hold round things.
Like this screwdriver. Not that I need to hold screwdrivers, it was the only round thing I had to hand besides a pen.
The Speed Control Handle. It works well.
Adjustability! Thanks so much, nice people at PanaVise!
Oh, might as well introduce it to the rest of my PanaVise herd.
I already had a worn PV JR. While it seems redundant, trust me, there are many situations where having two identical vises comes in really handy.
Since nobody has entered the contest this month, and they explicitly told me I could enter again, here’s my engraving vise mount. I used this until I bought a proper engraving vise. I hope I win again. I obviously need more vises.
Made from a cheap import jeweler's hand vise, bolt & nut and a piece of steel rod I drilled out for the bolt. Simple. I see Eurotool makes one that is way flimsier. PanaVise should die cast a head like this. They would probably sell dozens and curse my name for suggesting it.
Anyway, back to PanaVise.
My 309 base says “COLBERT DIE CAST CO.INC”
My 337 head “COLBERT INDUSTRIES”
“Pana Vise” or “PanaVise”?
Notice the old style of low profile vise.
Manufacturing was simplified. While I love the rounded guide rods and screw, there is absolutely no reason to add cost by making the parts that way.
There different bases and logos.
If only my only vice were vises.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
I have ended up rescuing items from the trash far too often this summer. Honestly I’m slightly embarrassed and worried I’m becoming a contemporary high-tech rag-and-bone man. That said if people are going to throw away keyboards that still fetch close to $100 on Ebay, then I shall be upending myself in trashcans forever.
The keyboard. As you can see it has issues in the cord area. I’m not going to go on and on about mechanical keyboards the way some people endlessly do, but they are neat things.
Northgate is no longer with us.
I needed a PS/2 cable and this keyboard was a perfect donor.
The existing cord was the old AT style. It is extremely easy to convert AT to PS/2.
What is interesting is that the cord and buttons for the optional trackpad are in place. This means that the cord that is attached was original but at some point was flayed and separated from the cord for the trackpad, possibly because it didn’t have a trackpad and it was in the way? Or people are crazy.
The place where the wiring attaches to the keyboard. To remove the keyboard PCB from the bottom of the case those screws on the side were removed. Note the missing Atmega IC in the space between the two green LEDs, if it was there then this would have been one of the programmable keyboards. Although people remove them because the programmability was only using software that ran in Windows 98. Or something like that, bored yet?
Yes, that’s an old Gateway 2000 P4D-66 running Windows For Workgroups 3.11, with Word 2.1 open…
So now I have a nice old keyboard. Honestly I hate ergonomic keyboards so I’ll either sell it or hold onto it for the computer museum.
Some helpful Northgate links: