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December 11, 1998

I'm doing a major revamping of our Bargain Sale Pages, since I've gotten
way behind on posting all the incredible new goodies. So, expect some
temporary glitches here in the next few days. For openers, check out
the HP Sweep/Frequency Synthesizers and the Super Shipping Cases.

December 10, 1998

Improved and updated the Synergetics Consultant's Newtwork page.

December 9, 1998

The owner of ITU Technologies is believed to have recently deceased.
The status of the company is unknown. Until formally advised, we will
continue running the ITU banner till the end of their payment month.

December 8, 1998

Updated and improved classic Hardware Hacker #68 on Thermoelectric
Modules
and Pulse Monitors.

December 7, 1998

One of the quirks of the Deja View forum machinery is that it erases
traffic several weeks old. Making low Guru's Lair Forum traffic a self-fulfilling
prophesy. I do check the forum more or less daily and try for fast answers.

December 6, 1998

Just acquired an "adequate" supply of classic Navy quality selector
switches. 12 pole, 20 position plus off, prewired in groups of one to ten.
Please email me if you want to get in ahead of the hoarders on this one.

December 5, 1998

Expanded and improved Bee's Web Links. Added a new Hot Springs
Directory
book list.

December 1, 1998

Latest Resource Bin #84 is on some Medical Electronics topics.

November 29, 1998

Added some Alternate Medicine books to Bee's Library Page.

November 26, 1998

Expanded and improved the Book-on demand library shelf.

November 20, 1998

Please welcome back Banner Advertiser Dennis Shepard of
Shepard Engineering. He has lots of new free PIC project info.
Also check out our PIC Library Page and PIC Book listings.

November 14, 1998

Expanded and improved the PIC and Basic Stamp book lists.

November 12, 1998

Expanded and improved the PIC Microprocessor pages and the
Technical Library pages.

November 11, 1998

Updated classic Blat #18 on Inventor's Associations. For more on
patent avoidance, get my Case Against Patents package.

November 9, 1998

Updated classic Blat #17 on Emerging Technical Opportunities II.

November 6, 1998

Lastest Resource Bin #83 is on having Fun With Some Neat Stuff.

November 5, 1998

Added some Magnetic Recording Books to our Book Access Page.

October 31, 1998

I've started a major redecorating program aimed at improved legibility
and better nav. You can see the first results on the Tech Musings Library
page. For a while, please expect an ongoing mix of the old and new formats.

A reminder that I've got some great buys on Classsic Apple Collectibles, on
a mint Printed Circuit Plate Through Lab, and on a 60 Kilowatt Load Bank.

October 28, 1998

Latest Tech Musings Column #132 is on Catfinding with imploding hydrogen
luminance probes
. Using PostScript, of course.

October 24, 1998

Please welcome Parallax as our newest banner advertiser. Besides being the
home of the Basic Stamp, they have a stunning new line of PIC Growbots.

October 26, 1998

Latest Blatant Opportunist colum is on Adding Website Bells and Whistles.

October 19, 1998

Please welcome back our returning banner advertisers Decade Engineering and
Transtronics. Decade has an improved PIC Video Display, while Transtronics
has a new pocket ERPOM and PIC Programmer and expanded consulting services.

October 13, 1998

Hexapods are "virtual ways" or pushme-pullyou mechanisms that are revolutionizing
machine tools and robotics. Added some links and books to the Flutterwumper Library.

October 11, 1998

Latest Tech Musings is on Optical Rangefinding and Noisy Power Measurements.

October 7, 1998 

Added some Tesla Listings to our Book Access Page. The CIE Luminance Probes
finally arrived. These look brand new and sturdily packaged.

October 6, 1998

Improved and uploaded Blat Classic #16 on Post Justification Editing.

October 3, 1998

Improved our Test Equipment Bargains page and added lots of new items.
Yes, we are working on full pictures and secure e-commerce.

September 22, 1998

Am in the process of uploading all sorts of new items to our Surplus Bargain
Pages
. Laser retroreflectors, timers, temperature transmitters, tachometers,
clamp-around ammeters, 400 Hertz power sources, precision and regular
gauges, hydraulics, and bunches more. Some prices are also newly reduced.

September 17, 1998

Uploaded and updated classic Blat #12 on Why I Like PostScript.

September 12, 1998

Just got some hard-to-find 1 degree CIE precision Tektronix Luminance Probes.

September 6, 1998

Latest Blatant Opportunist column is on 24/7 Publishing.

September 3, 1998

This month's Tech Musings #130 is on Rail Guns and Power Servos.

September 2, 1998

Latest pair of Resource Bin files #81 and #82 are on Secrets of
Buying Military Surplus
. The process is now ridiculously easier.
For a sample of the goodies, check out our Surplus Bargains.

August 28, 1998

Redecorated the home page with some new Power Navigation
Buttons
. Please let me know how you like these and whether
there are any problems. The buttons are virtual; they are faked
using multiple HTML table entries. They should be quite fast.

Apparently IE trashes the effect. PLEASE use Netscape!

August 26, 1998

Just started up a Guru's Lair Forum to help with answers
to tech questions and to provide user-to-user interaction.

August 22, 1998

Entered a new list of Error Correcting Code books to our
extensive Book Access Page. By the way, if you buy ~all~
of your books through this page, you strongly support the
Guru's Lair at no cost to yourself.

August 19, 1998 

Just added a bunch of new ac motors and rotary actuators to
our Surplus Bargain Page. Along with a complete and like-new
complete printed circuit plate thru lab facility! Check these out.

August 15, 1998

Latest Resource Bin #80 is on finding Test Equipment Manuals.

August 12, 1998

For a great buy on a 4WD camping van, please see our bargain page. 

Separately, just went through a maddingly infuriatingly Win 98
upgrade. Does anyone know how to turn Netscapes "you have
mail" flag and "mail just arrived" beeper when IE is still in the
machine? Does anyone know how to shoot Netscape's AOL
messenger?

Auguest 8, 1998

Added bunches of new links to Acrobat Plug-in Sources.

August 6, 1998

Rearranged and improved the Surplus Bargain pages. Added
some load banks, desoldering stations, and power meters.

July 27, 1998

Updated and uploaded classic Resource Bin #7 on Unique
Opportunities in Auto Electronics. Added a brand new Movie
Review
site to Bee's Page.

July 25, 1998

Added info links to Books on Concert and Stage Lighting.

July 24, 1998

Latest Tech Musings #129 is on Overunity Energy Fantasies,
includes DMX512 theater lighting, plus lots of other goodies.

July 21, 1998

Added brief tutorial on Searching PDF on the web.

July 20, 1998

Please welcome Micromint, our newest banner advertiser.
They've got some great low cost Domino BASIC microcontrollers.

July 19, 1998

WE HAVE FULL PDF SEARCH WORKING!!!! Try it above.
Please report any problems. Apparently the key secret that
has been driving ISP's up the wall on this is to use one null
between registry entries, two nulls at end. Plus the IIS itself
only works when you get all your paths right and are certain
not to "include" any file not present.

I will try to improve on the report format after the dust settles.

July 17, 1998

New links to International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, to
the Weird Stuff Warehouse, and American Science & Surplus.
Improved access link for the Solar Hydrogen Chronicles.

July 14, 1998

Added new links to Hot Spring Locations, to Online Technical
Auctions
, and to the Rapid Prototyping Books that you will find
on both our Santa Claus and Book Access libary pages.

July 13, 1998

Uploaded and improved Resbin Classic #5 on the Exploring
Labor-of-love Technical Newsletters.

July 10, 1998

Uploaded and improved Resbin Classic #6 on the Wondrous
World of Electronic Surplus.

July 9, 1998

Greatly improved Blat  Classics #10 and #11 that hold the intro
to my Incredible Secret Money Machine II. Added lots of clean
used test equipment to the Synergetics Bargain Page.

July 8, 1998

Improved Blat Classic #14 on Revisiting Book-on-demand.

July 7, 1998

Updated Blat Classic #15 on Terrific Toner Techniques.

July 6, 1998

Added pre-web Blat Classic #13 on Insider Research Secrets.

July 5, 1998

Latest Resource Bin #79 is on Finding Semiconductor & IC Data.

July 4, 1998

Scott Edwards' new Basic Stamp Books are now in print!
Added a brand new list of Fuel Cell Books as well.

July 3, 1998

Expanded the Electrical Engineering library shelf. Added a lot
of Electric Car and Hybrid Vehicle books.

June 28, 1998

Improved and upgraded the Flutterwumper Library shelf.
Added links to bunches of interesting Robotic Books.

June 26, 1998

Latest Tech Musings #128 is on Buying Military Surplus Electronics,
Class D audio amplifiers, Tesla turbine lit, a look into used test
equipment and horsing around with Carousels.

June 25, 1998

Just got a fresh load of premium HP, Tek, and Dana mil quality
test gear. See our Surplus Bargain Page for details.

June 24, 1998

Added a bunch of Richard Feynman and other titles to our
Book Access page. Your use of this link for all of your book
buys supports the Guru's Lair at no cost to you.

June 23, 1998

How would you like some FREE ELECTRONICS? Plus reasonable
pay for an occasional hour's work? If so and only IF you live near
Barstow, Las Cruces, Alamagordo, El Paso, Edwards, 29 Palms,
Roswell, or Alburquerque, please email me for details.

Roswell offer limited to humanoids and near-humanoids only.

June 22, 1998

Just completed the main 768 bit Magic Sinewave sequence!
There sure are a ~lot~ of 768 bit binary words! Bunches, even.
More details on our Magic Sinewave library page. Research
Associates are welcome per our Magic Sinewave Proposal.

June 17, 1998

Here's a real classic: Don's original Case Against Patents
updated and improved in the Patent Avoidance library.

June 16, 1998

New Jim Fitzsimons tutorial on using elliptical integrals to
find the real length of a Bezier cubic spline!  Updated and
improved a Blat classic on Direct Toner PC Boards.

June 12, 1998

Started a linked list of Book-on-demand Service Bureaus
on our BOD Library page. Updated and improved a classic
blat column
on Stalking the Wild Paradigm.

June 11, 1998

Updated and improved a classic Blat column on Mastering
the Advetorial
.

June 9, 1998

Corrected some minor math errors in my Vector-to-Step tutorial.

June 8, 1998

Added some digitizers and protocol analyzers and more classic
Apple collectible goodies to our Synergetics Bargain Page.

June 6, 1998

Added titles on HTML, web page design and webmastering
to our Book Access Page.

June 3, 1998

Added Resource Bin #78 on Starting your own Web Page.

June 1, 1998

Added Resource Bin #77 on Accessing Offshore Electronics.

May 24, 1998

The latest Tech Musings #127 is on transformer free (!) DAA
telephone access
, a new wattmeter, a look at solar economics,
direct solar to hydrogen conversion, and capacitor bounceback.

Please welcome Brand Electronics as our latest Guru's Lair
banner advertiser. They've got a great PIC based wattmeter
for home power monitoring.

May 18, 1998

Just got a whole new load of Surplus Bargains, especially
Ethernet cards, DEC repeaters, and more really great Tek
2213 scopes. Plus tons of classic Apple collectibles.

May 12, 1998

Added a new Hyperbolic Spline Curve Fitting tutorial ap note
to the Cubic Spline Library shelf.

The next big thing on the web will be PGML, which is best
described as reader-free Acrobat. Here's the full spec.

May 9, 1998

Please welcome Jameco Electronics as our newest banner
sponsor. They've got great prices on just about every electronic
or computer part imaginable. Small quantity sales welcome.

May 7, 1998

Our web stats should now be back working, thanks to some
major new ISP upgrades. See our Banner Page for links.
The trailing monthly report may take a while to fill completely.

May 6, 1998

Made some major improvements to our Book Access Page.
You can now search nearly any book anywhere by author,
title, subject, or keywords. Your use of this page when book
shopping supports the Guru's Lair at zero cost to you.

May 2, 1998

Updated and improved our PIC Library page. Added new
PIC Microprocessor and Offshore Electronics book listings.
Added some Recreation Sites to Bee's web links page.

May 1, 1998

A preliminary beta of our Guru's Lair Search Engine is now
up and running. You simply would not believe the trials and tribulations
of getting a site search to work.Yes, major improvements (including full
PDF search!) are on the way. Please report any search problems.

April 28, 1998

The latest Tech Musings #126 is on isolated power supplies,
transportation alternatives, hybrid vehicles, and more.

April 24, 1998

Just got a whole new load of electronic surplus test instruments,
especially Tektronix 2213 scopes. See our Bargain Page for info.

April 18, 1998

Banner Advertiser UltraLink has a brand new and always accurate
RS232 Clock and Calendar for only $99. Please visit and support
them. Your click-throughs count. As always, new banner advertisers
are certainly welcome. See ADVT01.HTML for details and
BANNYEAR.PDF for my insider secrets tutorial.

April 17, 1998

Just have conclusively proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that
there are A LOT of 768-bit binary words! See our latest high
efficiency and "super green" Magic Sinewave sampler.

April 8, 1998

Colorized and improved The Quest for Magic Sinewaves. Added
new ultra-efficient 384-bit delta friendly Magic Sinewaves.

April 5, 1998

Latest Resource Bin column #76 is on Home Automation.

April 3, 1998

Please welcome ITU Technologies, our newest banner advertiser.
They've got lots of emulators, programmers, and other PIC Stuff.

March 28, 1998

Our ISP is upgrading, so some of the site stats are a wee mite
out of date. Email me for current info. Added a bunch of new
hot links. See our brand new Site Map to explore these.

March 24, 1998

Latest Tech Musings #125 is on Temperature Measurement,
a new battery trade journal, info on crest factors, and more.

March 20, 1998

Our Precision Navigation banner advertiser has a new special
deal on their Outback Digital Compass.

March 16, 1998

Improved the PostScript Web Colorizer Utilities. Added some
Wind Energy
books, Hydrogen books, and Home Automation books.

March 14, 1998

I think I've gotten nearly all of the problem PDF files redistilled
and reoptimized. Please report any problems to don@tinaja.com

-->IF <-- you are -still- having problems getting past the first page
of a PDF file, first make sure your Acrobat 3.x Reader or Exchange
is installed as a Netscape 4.x plug in and not as a helper ap. Set the
preferences to background loading ON. And do NOT go off the
first PDF page until FULL loading is complete.

March 12, 1998

Just added a Guru's Lair Site Map and Master Directory.

March 10, 1998

Analog Devices has a new real-time $15 Wavelet Chip! Links
on our newly expanded and corrected Wavelets Library page.
Also added several new Pseudoscience site links.

March 8, 1998

Updated and improved classic Resbin #26 that's all about
Pseudoscience Industry Happenings.

March 5, 1998

Added a bunch of new books to the Wavelets Library Shelf

March 3, 1998

Added a new combination tutorial and plea for help on
Linking Newsgroups from Inside a PDF File. Your help
is very much needed on this one.

March 1, 1998

Latest Resbin #75 is on Virtual Reality. Also added new links
on Electric Vehicles and a Backwards Phone Book that finds
every number on your street!

Our new server seems to be gagging on newsgroup links from
inside Acrobat .PDF files. We are working on the problem,
but it may take a while.

February 26, 1998

Added an "It's a Gas" library shelf on hydrogen resources.
Includes alternate energy tutorials, links, books, and newsgroups.

February 24, 1998

The latest Tech Musings #124 is on new LED Cave Lamps,
ExtraOrdinary Science papers, Wind Energy Resources, and
Reading Web Site Referral Logs.

February 21, 1998

Added bunches of Free Web Clip Art sites. Also please
welcome Steve Ciarcia of Circuit Cellar as our newest
banner advertiser.

Some reminders: Be sure you have Acrobat Reader 3.0 or
higher. We are still debugging our newer and faster server,
so please report any hangups or other PDF problems.

As usual, a free Incredible Secret Money Machine II for
eight broken links, bad typos, or other site problems. Any
promised but not yet uploaded links do not count.

February 19, 1998

Created a new Captain Video's Secret Mountain Laboratory
library page on video and NTSC. Added new access links to
Bookbinding Titles.

February 18, 1998

Added another PostScript-as-language tool. This one makes
filtered and sorted Referral Log Summaries for you.

February 15, 1998

Improved and uploaded an Auto-Adressing Duplex Catalog
Printer
tutorial and utility. It also auto-collates, auto-tumbles,
and saddle stitches. Great for BOD brochures as well.

Our new log stats are now online.

February 13, 1998

Started uploading a few classics from the Ask the Guru columns,
namely Guru #60 and Guru #68. Sponsors and Banner Hosts are
needed to update, colorize, and complete the series.

Added several new Auction and Surplus links.

February 12, 1998

Uploaded classic PS Bezier Curve From Fuzzy Data advanced
curvefitting tutorial and demo. Also added a bunch of new files
to the Cubic Spline Library page.

February 9, 1998

Added new PostScript-as-language routine to read referral
logs!
We'll start offering PostScript-as-language in two pieces:
as an "instant read" HTML file and as the actual sourcecode.

Continuing to add lots of files to the Cubic Spline Library.

February 6, 1998

Please welcome John Morrow from Embedded Engineering
as our newest banner advertiser.

My latest Blatant Opportunist #49 column is on How to Bash
Pseudoscience
. Also has more on Brown's gas and magic lamps.

February 3, 1998

You have just been moved over to a new server, which eventually
should give you all sorts of new Guru's Lair benefits. For now,
your PDF files should download three to five times faster.

Please report any broken links, access problems, and most
especially any PDF hangups to don@tinaja.com.

January 29, 1998

Latest Resbin #74 shakes up Seismometers and Earthquakes.

January 27, 1998

Steve Ciarcia has now made Free Subscriptions to Circuit Cellar
available to qualifying technical instructors and their students.

Have added Irvin Glassman's Combustion text to the Book
Access
library page. This one is essential reading for hydrogen
researchers. Also lots of seismology and earthquake titles.

January 25, 1998

The latest Muse #123 is on AC Power Measurement, a new
$49 source for Adobe Acrobat, simultaneous A/D converters,
solid state power meters and home energy monitoring.

January 22, 1998

Please welcome Precision Navigation, our newest banner advertiser
who have a great buy on solid state digital compass modules.

Added short note on Preventing -exp- blowups on older PostScript
Interpreters
. Lots more PostScript on the Acrobat and PostScript
library shelves.

January 15, 1998

Uploaded a COPYRITE.HTML tutorial that shows how to print
Copyright, and all the other "secret" PostScript font characters.

January 13, 1998

Added a new Virtual Reality book list. Started adding a great
heaping bunch of new files to the Cubic Spline Library.

Uh, we're in the process of changing to a more powerful and more
flexible server. Which should give us all sorts of new Guru's Lair
features in the near future. Please report any access problems or
whatever that you may run across in the next few days.

January 9, 1998

Added link to a great web page analyzer that finds bad links!
Continuing to improve page navigation and add catalog hot links.

A reminder on our ongoing contest: For a free ISMM II, find
seven Guru's Lair web site bad links, spelling errors, or cosmetic
glitches. Links to older files not yet uploaded do not count, nor do
errors on files less than five days old.

January 3, 1998

A brief note on .PSL or "PostScritpt-Lancaster" files. These
are written in Gonzo Guru PostScript, my combination layout and
illustration package that is exceptionally flexible and offers
outstanding text picojustification but is purposely not WYSIWYG.

You need these ~only~ if you want to learn how I did something.
They look jumbled in Netscape but pretty print properly when
downloaded into Wordpad or whatever. For the convenience of
certain magazines, the entire Gonzo utilities may be prepended to
some Guru's Lair PSL files. To use them yourself, it is far easier
and shorter to download GONZO20.PS and then run them from
a properly renamed...

(C:\\windows\\desktop\\gonzo\\gonzo.ps) run
gonzo begin
ps.util.1 begin
nuisance begin

Note the double backslashes inside PostScript strings whenever
you want a single backslash. More examples on this whenever.

January 2, 1998

This file was getting kinda long, so I split most of it into
a 1997 What's New Archive.

December 31, 1997

The latest Resource Bin #73 is on Surplus and Auctions.

December 29, 1997

Added link to the Backwards Phone Number Looker-Upper
at Infospace. Use with Oxbridge for full periodical addresses.

December 27, 1997

Newest Blatant Opportunist #48 is on my InfoPack "Cash
and Carry Consulting"
. Added new links on Electronic Surplus,
the great Northern Lights search engine, school Public Sales,
and a great site giving you access to Auctions.

December 25, 1997

Latest Tech Musings #122 is on quadrature phase networks,
Hilbert transforms, HP ScanJets, hydraulic rams, and low
cost satellite imagery
. Plus a few other goodies.

December 20, 1997

Revised WHICHUP.HTML on forced Acrobat Distiller
orientation. Removed some obsolete files and links. Slowly
improving the green on followed links.

December 16, 1997

Added an Electronic Industry Telephone Directory link, an
Free Online Magazine Reprints Directory and a few others
to the Web Related Resource Links page.

 
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