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January 13, 2000

Please welcome Diversified Engineering as our latest Banner
. They offer a variety of superb PIC related development
and educational boards.

January 10, 2000

Expanded the "mauve" search engine listings on the home page.
Added a web discovery of the week feature. This is usually some
exciting new site I have found that eventually will get linked.

January 8, 2000

Here's a secret way to find at least some of the DRMO to Levy-Latham
inventory transfers: Click on the DRMS4 button on my Guru's Lair home
page. Sort on bid number then date. Set output format to **NOT** print
the site name. (!) This seems handy for finding otherwise unavailable
acquisition costs. The transfers are usually sale 99005.

December 24, 1999

Some Electrochemistry Books have been added to our Book Access links.

December 19, 1999

Just added some Thermoelectric Power Generators and highly collectible
Circular Slide Rules to our Live Auction page.

December 12, 1999

Oops. The Contactless Charger components we covered in Muse 142 were
really TDK parts, rather than Toko. More details at www.component.tdk.com.
Panasonic also has a PHS charger system at www.panasonic.com.

December 2, 1999

Latest Tech Musings #145 is on four point Bezier curve fitting, PIC Digimatic
, Magnetorheology demos, and bunches of other goodies. The
print version of this column supposedly is now in Poptronix magazine.

November 28, 1999

Added a list of Carbon Nanotube reference books. Tested, upgraded, and
improved the Hydrogen Resources page.

November 26, 1999

Updated, verified, and improved the Pseudoscience Links library page.

November 23, 1999

Updated and expanded our Web Resources library page. Added The
Nudist on the Late Shift
to our Book Access page. Here at Synergetics,
we don't usually draw all that much a distinction between our casual
dress days and the clothing optional ones.

November 22, 1999

Verified and updated our PIC Book List and our Pic a Peck of Pics page.

November 21, 1999

Just got a whole load of super high speed, super high volume letter opening
machine consoles. These include VacTrac's from Mail Ex and Opex model
100's and 150's. Please email me if you have any interest in these.

November 18, 1999

Rearranged the Home Page DRMO buttons. DRMS1 is the catalog. DRMS2
is the bidding page. DRMS3 gives previous bid results, while DRMS4 is their
master search engine.

November 15, 1999

Please welcome Zabros Robotics as our newest Banner Advertiser. They
offer custom personal attention to lots of interesting robotic solutions.

November 9, 1999

Another two million of your wasted tax dollars was just dumped in my front yard.

Before I strip them for parts to try and get at least some of my shipping charges back,
please let me know if you have any interest in $23,000.00 4x5 aerial camera bodies.
These include an incredibly superb focal plane shutter mechanism with lots of ultra
premium dc governor motors (small quarter hp intermittent!), clutches, brakes, crt's,
and other mind bending robotic parts.

A lens cone and a film cassette have to be added to make a full KS 87/B camera.
Clean used, but may need a shutter repair. Please email me for further details.

November 5, 1999

Just got some really strange 48 (yup - fourty EIGHT) pin premium PLCC
Textool burnin sockets. Also 24 pin SOJ's. Please let me know who would use
these for what. Note that 44 pins is the norm. These apparently see use with
CCD sensor chips and in a few other oddball places.

October 30, 1999

Started an overhaul and upgrade of our 1000 PIC Links page.

October 29, 1999

Began an upgrade and update on the Ask the Guru library page.
25 classic archived columns have been added. More will follow
as Banner Advertisers permit.

October 28, 1999

Added a complete archive of all the early Hardware Hacker files. Many
of these have not yet been colorized, updated, or hot linked. As with all
of our other files, linking is welcome but reposting is expressly forbidden.

October 24, 1999

I've now added a favicon.ico file to the website for any of you who have
been needing this for your IE favorites or bookmarks. More on creating your
own icons (favorite or other) will shortly appear in MUSE144.PDF.

October 22, 1999

Added some recommended Thermometry books to our Book Access pages.

October 19, 1999

Popular Electronics and Electronics Now have merged into Poptronix. My
Tech Musings columns will continue in Poptronix as well as in ezine format.

My Blatant Opportunist and Resouce Bin columns are now exclusively in ezine
format. I have recently greatly expanded the available links and have added
new photo technology, so the latest stuff should be even better than ever.

October 15, 1999

Got a bunch of superb Electric Brakes useful for everything from
robotics to ORV to ag stuff.

October 12, 1999

Added some ultrasonic NDT testers to our new Scientific Bargains page.
And Wavetek 145 Function Generators to the Test Equipment page.

October 9, 1999

Added a new Sensors Bargain Page. Split out the laboratory, medical,
and machine shop items onto their own Laboratory Bargain Page.

October 5, 1999

Bragging rights department: That photo of the Apple I computer in
Wired magazine for November 1999 page 298 has MY keyboard in it.

Did I ever tell you about the time I made the Rolling Stone centerfold?

October 2, 1999

Added some Spectroscopy Books to our Book Access Page.

October 1, 1999

Just got a pair of surplus super premium Prichard luminescence
photometers from the feds. email me if you have any interest in
these superb but pricey gems.

September 30, 1999

Added a Search Engine Group selector to the home page.

September 27, 1999

The feds have newly added Local Bid Results to their surplus

UPDATE: Such buys no longer exist as mil surplus.

September 15, 1999

Added some new PostScript Utilities. BEZ4UTIL.PS is the actual
code you'll need to draw a Bezier Curve through four points. It
is based on the Jim Fitzsimmons derivation in BEZ4PTS.PDF

September 12, 1999

Just picked up a $25,000.00 autocollimator from the feds. Otherwise
known as an extremely precise electronic level. I would rather sell it
in one piece instead of stripping it for parts. It is a Broomer AT/AC4700
mounted on a 3" dual micrometer az-el table. There is a LED source and
a 20X 4728 prism CCD video telescope using a Panasonic WV-CD50. The
main scope has graticules and beam splitters. A Schaevitz LSOC 3 degree
inclinometer is on the side. A precision mini 2-axis stage adjusts the
camera position Please email me if you want to save some big bucks.

September 11, 1999

We have an incredible online auction now going on a Scitech MAP
X-ray fluorescence spectrum analyzer.

September 10, 1999

Added bunches of new links to the Guru's Lair home page. These
are all the links that Bee and I personally use the most.

September 7, 1999

Updated and improved the Don Technical Links page.

September 2, 1999

Latest PostScript Utility uses Gaussian Elimination to solve
n=4 linear algebraic equations.

September 1, 1999

Latest Blatant Opportunist #59 is on Web Imaging Secrets.

August 30, 1999

Latest Tech Musings #142 is on contact-free battery chargers,
Gage interfaces, Gauss-Jordan elimination, and more.

August 28, 1999

Added some still video players and video floppy players to our
video bargain page.

August 26, 1999

A reminder that the Resouce Bin is now a greatly improved ezine.
It no longer appears in whatever the name of that magazine was.

August 24, 1999

Added some linear bearings, bunches of robotic bits & pieces and
some buys in used chassis punches to our bargain pages.

August 20, 1999

Added some Induction Heating Books to our Book Access Page.
New bargains include telephone digital announcers and GagePort
machine tool interfaces. Plus lots of useful shop tools.

August 15, 1999

Expanded the "Other Stuff" bargain page. Added some outstanding
algebra tutorial videos (perfect for charter schools), drills, and drill guides.

August 14, 1999

Took out all of the old bad links on the Acrobat page and replaced them
with new ones.

August 12, 1999

Latest Resource Bin #92 ezine is on Exploring PostScript Possibilities.

August 5, 1999

Latest Tech Musings #141 is on Subpixel resolution tricks, diode
rf switches and attenuators, a new hydrogen storage breakthrough,
antialiasing techniques and grayscaling secrets.

August 2, 1999

Latest Resource Bin #91 ezine is on Antenna Resources.

July 28, 1999

Got a whole load of premium and clean Magnetec 60M Kiosk/receipt/ticket
printers. RFE. These are six inch wide dot matrix style and include a power
paper shear and a Z80 class computer interface. Please let me know immediately
if you have an interest in these at $59 each. They appear fully functional. Because
of their bulk, I'll be stripping them for parts very shortly.

I really hate to tear apart functional premium gear. It pains me deeply.

July 24, 1999

Just added some Ultrasonic Books to our Book Access page. The
listing is found in MUSE141. Also just got another load of Apple II
and Apple II+ computers, so these are back in stock.

July 22, 1999

I've found a neighbor who has an incredible ability to get things done
in the way of packing, crating, and shipment brokering at amazingly
reasonable costs. We are now able to offer optional shipping on our
heavier items. Particularly the Printed Circuit Plate-thru Lab, 60 kilowatt
Load Bank, HP Draftmaster II plodder, Apple IIe Storehouse Closeout,
Napco 5300 Germ Warfare Kit, and our superb Kinetron II torture chambers.

July 21, 1999

By now, you should have noticed the spectacular "shadowless" and
"distortionless" superdetailed product "photos" I'm now starting to add
to all of our Bargain Pages. Secrets of these techniques can be found in

We can now offer to do this quality web product photography for you
at a flat rate of $99 per image. Seminars and training on this exciting
new technique that offers HUNDREDS of times the resolution of a
digital camera are also avaiable. email me for full details.

July 20, 1999

Latest Blatant Opportunist #53 includes some Thoughts on ezines.

July 17, 1999

Added photos of the Lab Furnace and the Kinetron II to the bargain pages.
The furnace is somewhat taller than shown in the image, My Scanner Method
sure is an addictive way to create unbeatable web images.

July 13, 1999

A reminder that the free Adobe Acrobat Reader is absolutely essential if you are
to visit my Guru's Lair web site. Netscape Navigator is the recommended browser,
set to twelve point Times text with underlining off. Certain demos may not work
properly when using other browsers. Other browsers also may unacceptably trash
the intended appearance of the site.

July 7, 1999

Latest Resource Bin ezine is on GPS and Navigation.

July 2, 1999

Latest Tech Musings #140 is on low cost printed circuit drills,
energy "laws" as theorems, water soluble swimsuits, PostScript
robotics, scanner "photo" secrets, and lots more.

June 29, 1999

Check out our new designer series of water soluble swimsuits.

June24, 1999

In response to a groundswill of public demand, we have added medieval
torture chambers
to our product line. At an incredibly great price.

June 11, 1999

Just added some GPS Navigation and Radio Astronomy books to our
Book Access library page.

June 10, 1999

If you live anywhere near Portsmouth NH, please email me immediately
at don@tinaja.com I was just awarded two military surplus microprocessor
controlled party dolls and need these gals picked up and forwarded. Your
tax dollars at work. For a reasonable fee, of course.

June 5, 1999

I've started adding product photos to our Bargain Pages. My new  
"scanner method"gives such incredible results that I'm hesitant to add
grubby old digital camera photos. Click on the orange boxes for details.

June1, 1999

Latest Tech Musings #139 is on Hot Tub Economics, the SETI-at-home
project, quality electronic photography secrets, and more.

May 30, 1999

Latest Blatant Opportunist #57 is on Imaginative Images.

May 22, 1999

Just made the amazing discovery that incredible quality color
"photographs" can be done using nothing but a scanner, lots
of work with Paint and a JPEG converter. Check out these
amazing examples...


More details on these items on our actual bargain pages.

May 19, 1999

Do any of you live near Medford Oregon? Please email me if you can
help me take some local digital pictures. For a modest fee, of course.

May 16, 1999

Added some "newbie nav" buttons to give instant access to our
auction, bargain, forum, search, site map, and what's new pages.

May 14, 1999

Made some minor adjustments and added a few files to the Blatant
Opportunist library page. Also discontinued our newslist link page
because robots who ignored the "keep out" signs were giving the
ISP fits. Most ISP's now provide useful newsgroup searching.

May 9, 1999

Latest Resouce Bin #89 is on Boatanchors. Boatanchor enthuasiasts
can usually be spotted by their exceptionally long arms.

May 7, 1999

Added some new Live Auction Links. This gives you instant access to any
and all of our current ebay offerings.

May 5, 1999

Latest Tech Musings #138 is on Miracle Antennas, life as we don't know
it, fractals, PostScript referral and query readers, and more.

May 1, 1999

Latest Blatant Opportunist #56 is on Funding your Web Site.

April 28, 1999

Latest PostScript Utilities are GRABREFS.PSL that extracts offsite
referrals and GRABSRCH.PSL that extracts search engine queries
from your ISP log files. Downoad these files, view them with a wp or
editor, modify them, then send to Acrobat Distiller or GhostScript.

April 24, 1999

Starting with column #89, the June 1999 and higher Resource Bin
columns will be published in ezine format only. Banner advertisers
and on-page sponsors are welcomed to ease this transition. Hard
copy reprints and new CD ROM content will be available, and all
back columns should eventually get updated and uploaded.

There are a number of other unique editorial opportunities opening
up. Please Email me if you wish to work with me on any of these.

April 20, 1999

Added some Antenna Books to our Book Access page.

April 16, 1999

Latest Tech Musings #137 is on EIS Spectroscopy, current transducers and
sensors, spectrum analysis, radiation detectors, and gun cameras.

April 15, 1999

Revised and uploaded classic Blat #22 on Picojustification Techniques.

April 14, 1999

The print version of Nuts & Volts apparently chose to edit out the key
purpose of my current column on used test equipment. Be sure to pick
up the "correct" version in our Resource Bin library as RESBN87.PDF.

April 13, 1999

Be sure to check out Jameco's latest Animated Banner. To support the
Guru's Lair at no cost to yourself, please click through on at least one
banner each time you visit. And please buy ~all~ of your books through
our Book Access page.

April 12, 1999

Latest Blatant Opportunist #55 is on Eminently Effective Email Etiquette.

April 11, 1999

Upgraded, expanded, and improved the Incredible Secret Money
library page.

April 9, 1999

Be the first on your block to start World War III with this neat-o germ
warfare kit
. Also known as a Napco CO2 incubator model #5300.

Lots of similar great buys appear on our bargain pages.

April 8, 1999

Revised and uploaded classic Blat #27 on Emerging Opportunities III.

April 7, 1999

Upgraded and improved the Patent Avoidance library page.

April 6, 1999

Revised and uploaded classic Blat #31 on Helpline Hints.

April 4, 1999

Revised and uploaded classic Blat #22 on Patent Horror Stories.

April 2, 1999

Latest Resouce Bin #88 is on The Hydrogen Scene: It's a Gas.

Chemists like hydrogen so much that for years it has been number
one on their charts.

March 28, 1999

Upgraded, expanded,and improved our Hydrogen Library page.

March 22, 1999

Revised and uploaded classic Blat #28 on Catalog Musings.

March 20, 1999

Added some Edward Abbey books to the Tinaja Questing page and to our
Book Access page. A reminder that buying ~all~ your books through the
Book Access page supports the Guru's Lair at no cost to you.

March 19, 1999

Repaired the Acrobat Library page. Improved the Tinaja Questing page.

March 18, 1999

Please welcome Brad Mock's Technical Works as our newest banner advertiser.
Brad offers some superbly useful PIC Breadboarding products.

March 17, 1999

Revised and uploaded classic Blat #32 on Engineering Ratholes.

March 16, 1999

Added a PostScript "Web Friendly" Color utility and demo.

March 15, 1999

Added some new titles to our Book Access page. Improved the Home Page.

March 14, 1999

Latest Blatant Opportunist #54 is on the Surplus and Auction Scene.

March 11, 1999

Latest Blatant Opportunist #53 is on Emerging Technical Opportunities VI.

March 8, 1999

Repaired and expanded the Tech Musings library page.

March 5, 1999

Latest Blatant Opportunist #52 is on PDF Links and Link Checking.

March 2, 1999

Latest Tech Musings #136 is on Tachometer Design, "knotty neon" ligthing
rope, twinkle lights, and PIC Breadboards.

March 2, 1999

Latest Resouce Bin #87 is on Exploring Used Test Equipment Options.

March `1, 1999

I was about to part out a premium piece of telephone gear that Maricopa
Community College obviously paid a zillion bucks for, and thought you might
like to bid on it as is.

Assembled by Harris, circa 1987. In very clean condition, nearly like new.
Consists of a nice beige stand-alone open relay rack holding...

Three Ratelco 48 volt, 24 amp premium power supplies
One Reliance 48 volt to 80 volt DC-DC converter, 5 amp
One four-station heavy duty disconnect switch and failure alarm panel
One three diode Ratelco combiner/isolator panel
One master switching/control box
Two linked "DA" Digital Annunciator message recording/playback boxes
Interconnect wiring harness plus heavy duty line cords.

Currently broken down into UPS-shippable pieces.
Submit your bids to don@tinaja.com

February 28, 1998

Also have four sets of two banks of nine each Siemon 86MI-50 50 pair punchdown
blocks and snap holders. Plus support brackets, three "moose antler" wire trays
and a few bridging clips. Clean used condition.

Before I offer it as bits and pieces, submit your bids to don@tinaja.com

February 19, 1999

A whole new load of surplus lab goodies is supposedly on the way. Its
got everything from party dolls to germ warfare kits. Email me if you
want to get in ahead of the hoarders on any of these gems...

Gilson FC-80K Micro fractionator
Precision Science 5300-120 C02 bacterialogical incubator
Applied Electrochem CD-3A C02 analyzer
Applied Electrochem S-3A O2 analyzer (2)
Paar DMA-46 Calculating digital densitometer
Extex (or maybe Xetek) 308 radiation detectors (4)
Applied Electrochem R-2 flow control
Datum 9550-827 video time inserter
Datum 9150-3006 time code generator
Fischer 348 Platelet mixer
Honeywell 605 flatbed recorder
Armstrong Anatomic Annie

February 18, 1999

Added even some more web link buttons to the Guru's Lair home page.
Verified most others. Let me know if I missed any of your favorites.

February 13, 1999

Added another dozen web link buttons to the Guru's Lair home page.
These are the sites that Bee and I personally use the most often.

February 7, 1999

Improved and expanded the Web Resources library shelf.

February 6, 1999

Added a new PostScript utility that lets you extract url's from Acrobat
PDF files
. This one is highly useful for proofing and link checking.

February 5, 1999

Improved and upgraded the Pseudoscience Links page.

February 4, 1999

Added some links to books on Pseudoscience Bashing. Also the great new
Crystal Fire book on semiconductor history. Strangely, this latter one does
not mention transcapacitors or Roswell.

February 3, 1999

Latest Resource Bin #86 is on Supraluminally Dowsing for Brown's Gas
in Roswell.
The insider secret is to be sure to use an overunity water fueled
black helicopter.

January 28, 1999

Ultra wideband Impulse Radio will be the next big thing in measurement
and communications. Just added a Tech Musings tutorial and book access.

January 26, 1999

Latest Tech Musings #135 is on impulse radio, a "new" bookbinding
method, Richard Feynman, MEMS nanotechnolgy, and brain pairty.

January 23, 1999

Added some Nutritional Supplement links to Bee's web page. Started adding
photos to the surplus items, beginning with the Mystery Beer Coolers and some
great Alarm Annunciator Panels. Watch for lots more "PIX" orange boxes.

January 21, 1999

Just picked up some super rugged motors, still in their original factory poly wraps.
Reliance 1 HP 3 phase 440 volts 182T frame. Fully enclosed. The feds paid $1390
each for these gems. Have eighteen in stock at $89 each. FOB Thatcher. Email me
for details. More motors are found on our bargain pages.

January 19, 1999

Expanded and improved the Acrobat Library shelf.

January 18, 1999

Expanded and improved the Webmaster Library shelf.

January 16, 1999

February Resource Bin #85 is another look at Favorite Web Sites.

January 14, 1999

Latest Tech Musings #134 column is on PIC video overlays, new aerial
photo sources, SETI books, and underwater arc absurdities. Added some
SETI titles to our Book Access page.

January 12, 1999

Latest Tech Musings #133 column is on lamp dimmers and much more.

January 9, 1999

Added some Medical Electronics titles to our Book Access page.

January 8, 1999

The feds are experimenting with privatizing mil surplus sales and a great
new free aerial & satellite photo site is up. You can find them both on the
Non-technical Links library page.

January 7, 1999

Improved and expanded the Book Access page. Please wait till after this
page completely loads before using the power nav buttons.

January 6, 1999

Split out the 1998 What's New Archive as a separate file.

January 3, 1999

Added some weaving and crafts links to Bee's page.

December 27, 1998

Please note that some of our internal navigation hot buttons will not
work properly until your page completly downloads. Because of our
"banners load last" policy, full nav activation may take a while.

December 22, 1998

No, I don't have the foggiest idea what is wrong with the Guru's Lair Forum.
Repeated requests to Deja News to fix the problem have gone ignored.

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
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
book list.

December 1, 1998

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

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