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More Tablets!

From my earlier postings on this subject you will know that I have been involved with tablets since before there was any competition for the IPad. Since that time, I have owned many tablets and had both good and bad experiences with them. One of the things I love about tablets is the touch screen. Even the inventor of the mouse has been known to say that said mouse is a terrible interface. The touch screen on the other hand is everything the mouse is without the repetitive motion of the mouse. My only problem with a tablet is that, for the most part, it isn't the same as a desktop computer. First the OS is not general, so you ...
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More 3D Printers!

So, my first attempt at a 3D printer was a printer that the seller could never make work. The second printer worked fine for about 4 months before a stepper motor failed and the seller had no replacement parts. After some time wishing I could fix the machine I decided to try a different style of printer, the Afinibot delta printer uses a triangular arrangement of sliders to position the print head within the print space of the printer. These printers are only available as kits, but my thought was that that building the kit would help me understand how to maintain it, and the parts are all "standard". I ordered the cheapest kit I could find, from a Chinese ...
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Ninety Nine and Forty Four One Hundredths Percent

For those of you who are my age, you may remember the title phrase as the advertising claim of purity for Ivory Soap. This is not my intended use for this number. From recent research I have come to the conclusion that we humans behave according to conditioned response and that we make very few choices in actual practice. I've talked before about the Skinner Box and how it has been used to discover the principles of conditioning. But before their parents ever get started on our social conditioning babies are already taking advantage of their innate ability to condition their own behavior. Babies are born with the natural reach and grasp response, and a natural kick response. In the ...
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