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For all of the old timers who remember these: http://www.thinkgeek.com/cubegoodies/toys/791a/ Not only could I use them, I taught classes on how to use them - that's how old I am!...
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Yeah, but you cant play Doom on it...
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- 08-18-2005 #3
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Absolutely they were the badge of an enginner. And I used then in my engineering positions until the advent of electronic calculators (1973 - the famous HP35), which I also carried in a case strapped to my belt.
- 08-18-2005 #7
I'm not proficient with the slide rule but I know some older engineers who can calculate compressor or steam turbine efficency as fast if not faster than a person entering the figures in a calculatorDell Precision T7400 Workstation
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- 08-18-2005 #8
Perhaps this is kind of one of those "sundial vs wristwatch" or "star charts vs GPS modules" kind of things? We give up a some amount of ability or knowledge for the convenience of a newer technology? Or am I just getting way to philosophical about a neat old techie gadget? Haha.Registered Linux user #270181
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- 08-18-2005 #9
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- The memory of Lothlorien
My god! I used those things in college science classes about a million years ago. I think I still have one stuck away in the attic.
Only thinkgeek could have found warehouses full of them.
Jeez, a lot of old memories surrounding slipsticks.
I'm not sure this is a sundial versus watches thing, I think its just that celtic geek found some nostalgia for us old fogies.
- 08-18-2005 #10
Damn straight, rhiannon, just some nostalgia. I had figured that they were extinct, but sure enough, thinkgeek found some.
I must admit that I had not thought about slide rules (or slipsticks, a name which I also had not thought about for a long time) for a long long time.