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Harrumph. My first smartphone was a Samsung Galaxy S5, my current work phone is an S5, and my personal phone is an S9+. All of them have been robust workhorse devices. They've survived traveling in my gym bag, my cycling jersey, and my belt pack while marathon training, all without the zip-lock bag that everyone else seems to think is required.
They've given me plenty of bang for my paltry few bucks.
I'm making the box to house mine, and I cut out the recess and mounting holes for the extraction hose / fan / DC / switch housing - but fitting it on, I realised I didn't have the six M4 washers I needed. Ten minutes later, I had a bunch of 'em.
Couple of minutes CAD, 2 minutes preheat, 1 minute printing, 2 minutes cooldown. That's quicker than I could have driven to a shop that sells 'em, cheaper than I would have paid, quicker and cheaper than Fleabay or Amazon. Renewable energy instead of Diesel too.
Kind of like my sons justification for bow hunting.
$1600 for bow
$60 for 6 arrows with razor heads
$150 Deer Stand
$1200/yr hunt club membership
$6000 camper to keep in the woods. He bought a (very expensive) Chevy truck with intent to haul 5th wheel camper and they told him if he put 5th wheel in back of truck it would void warranty. WTF?
$?? Gas food, time off work, etc.
Sounds familiar. Last year I got drawn for an elk tag. Since it was my first time hunting, I had no gear, and had to go shopping. I got cold weather clothing and accessories ($1000), tuned up my Browning BAR (muzzle break @ $80, scope calibrated for .30-06 @ $400). I can't carry 800 lbs of meat out of the mountains, so I needed a trailer ($800) to haul my Yamaha Kodiak (with winch, just in case). I rented a cheap motel for the week - the heater didn't work right, and the carpet was soaking wet from condensation on the interior walls - for about $400. I was up before dawn, walking in the woods at 15 - 20F, squatting for hours near known watering holes, for a solid week. Several trophy-grade white tail deer walked up to me in perfect safety - they knew it was bow season for deer, and I was carrying a rifle. I never saw a single elk.
It would be more economical for me to give up on elk, and just order 800 lbs of lobster shipped from Maine.
Pretty minimal: the machine was a "given"; my Christmas Present from Herself (I just kinda opened it early under orders)
I still have the project I wanted it for (and a couple of others that are creeping out of the woodwork now I can see what it does) but that'll wait for after the "official" present day.
With that discounted, the washers work out about ariount 2.4 pence per gram, and the five I have left don't even weigh enough to register on my kitchen 1g scales. (I don't buy / sell narcotics, so I don;t need more accurate scales than that)
The cheapest that a quick look on Fleabay gives me is around £1.70 for 10, or 2.99 for 100 - and I'd have them Tuesday or Wednesday.
To go and buy them? £0.99 for five, and a 30 mile round trip meaning 1/2 gallon of diesel and an hour of my life.
TPU Flexible when printed.
PLA Rigid when printed
ABS Rigid when printed
HIPS Dissolvable, used for melted supports (but I have no idea how)
WOOD Not actually wood, it contains wood and looks like the real thing when printed.
Basically PLA with wood dust.
I'm using PLA at the moment - it comes with 1KG of it as standard - but the main project will be ABS for it's higher glass temperature.
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I have to write a letter.
I practiced that in school, but I've never actually had to send one in real life.
As some might've guessed, I have some trouble with the government and apparently they don't have email or any other form of digital contact
Perhaps they just try to make it as difficult as possible to file a complaint?
Lots of stress for me though.
First, there's the writing, which I'd have to do in an email anyway (probably just slightly less formal).
Then there's the printing.
I have to provide some "evidence" so it's more printing and some copying (instead of just scanning).
Luckily, I just bought ink and paper for my printer/scanner because I needed to print some piano sheet music.
Then I actually have to leave the house and go to the post office which is open on Saturday morning (today it closed before I was even out of bed) or in the afternoon on weekdays.
Buy a stamp and envelope, write some address on it and then wait.
Probably until I get a piece of paper back telling me they've received my complaint and are processing it.
Then wait some more until I get another piece of paper telling me my complaint was justified or not.
If I want history I'll go to a museum
They worry about the elderly not being able to fill out online forms, but what about the younger generation who don't know how to write a letter?
On a more serious note, I'm only 31 and I've never sent a letter before (I wonder if they still practice writing them in school?).
I have some younger cousins who have never seen a floppy before.
Technology sure has come far, fast!
they're notorious for loosing mail (sending it to the wrong person/dept) but will never admit, rather they claim it hasn't been received ... with the suggestion you didn't send it [yet] or "what address did you send it to?" (implying you're an idiot) ...
for the extra few $ it's worth it, and reg mail tracking is on-line.
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