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10-04-2010, 11:34 PM   #16
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Coal fired, gas fired and dung fired all run on smoke once you let the smoke out of them they are all Buggared.
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obsolete? I'll have you know my steam radio still works very well thank you, even if it is mono.
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You should have paid extra for the model with double expansion cylinders; then you could have had stereo.
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I have a Foldex. What type of film do those things take?....Nut?!

Ironic that we with all the coal fired stuff have the smallest carbon footprint.
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Ironic that we with all the coal fired stuff have the smallest carbon footprint.
carbon footprint?? when I walk I only leave a normal foot print, mind you I never was that hot.

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Early digital SLRs did not have batteries. Instead they were powered by coal fired steam generators.
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Coal fired, gas fired and dung fired all run on smoke once you let the smoke out of them they are all Buggared.
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Don't forget that when you let the smoke out, they actually gain weight. That's because the smoke contains phlogiston, which has a negative mass. Fair dinkum.

Phlogiston theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Early digital SLRs did not have batteries. Instead they were powered by coal fired steam generators.
it's too far back in distant memory but I'm sure my first digital had a generator driven by a steam traction engine so it was portable.
where am I? what day is it? what was the question again?
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I'm sure my first digital had a generator driven by a steam traction engine so it was portable.
Actual fact: Early 'computers' were groups of humans, sometimes with mechanical numerating devices like adding machines or abacus's, sometimes with just pencil and paper. When Prof Petzval designed the first modern lens, only the military used 'advanced' math regularly (for calculating artillery ballistics), so the local Archduke loaned him a team of gunners to crunch the numbers. This is considered the first example of parallel computing. Actual truth -- see Wikipedia.

Thus we can conclude that early computer networks were beer-powered. (I can think of more recent systems shops that were/are driven by rather more illegal substances, but that's another story.)

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Thus we can conclude that early computer networks were beer-powered. (I can think of more recent systems shops that were/are driven by rather more illegal substances, but that's another story.)
The Heritage Foundation?
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The Heritage Foundation?
Opiates, no doubt.

And they probably don't shoot USA-made cameras.

Tsk tsk.

But now we're getting into politics. Hey, how about that Argus C3, eh?
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I should start looking for an old steam shovel!



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This thread has provided a good deal of amusement. I grew up with stereo sound, so maybe I'm missing out here, but I appreciate the old technology. My steampowered Spotmatic runs far better than my friend's hydro-electric d300, and there is something to be said for that.

Long live coal power, I guess?
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I guess my Pentax K, SV, Asahiflex, Contax D and early Miranda bodies are all B.C. . . . "before coal" since they require no power, just light.

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Hmm....Passive solar?
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Hmm....Passive solar?
No solar, just light waves through the lens. The only energy required is mechanical. There are no meters to power on those models.
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