Computers, Cell Phones, & Other Electronic Gadgets

Yeah, 500 is a lot. I’m guessing you could probably fit a few dozen on the bed at once, then either scan the whole bed into one enormous image or scan each one into a file, but either way it’s placing a lot of things on the bed repeatedly.


My dad used his digital camera to take pictures of all his slides, hundreds of them.

If you have a camera with a filter ring (and a good macro mode), you can get an adapter that attaches to the lens and you put a slide into and take a picture of it. You just need an even light source to point the contraption at.


I will look into that, thanks Marty.

What do you guys think is the most foolish but probably effective cure for this simple problem?

So, I have this notebook computer, and the screw near the bottom, by the power input, is out.

Normally, I leave all the screws off the bottom so I can get to the guts, the battery if needed, etc.

On this particular model, though, it needed a firmer “closure” to make the housing secure when flipping open/down the lid.

No big, right? A few months I put in a screw there, where it was designed to go, and it solved the problem.

Hmmm…not so anymore. It seems that the stress on that one screw caused the actual threads of the hole (or whatever the correct terminology is) stripped that hole. It’s like butter in a canyon, I guess.

The other adjacent fasteners work fine, and they’re in place, thanks to a few minutes of screwing them in.

How can I fix this one, though? I have a decent Dremel-style tool, with a bunch of bunch of attachments around…I just know I don’t want to try to “weld” the acetate or whatever plastic housing with various glues, cements, or epoxies.

What would Jesus do if he weren’t a carpenter, but were instead a computer gadget nerd?

I mean, yeah, I could drill it out and try to create a new set of threads, and figure out what sized screw would work (is that “tapping” or something? whatever it’s called). Gotta be something simpler.


For small striped screw holes not under much stress, I’ve had some luck with superglue. A small drop will fill the gap between the striped out hole and the screw, and hold it secure.

You probably think it won’t ever come apart again, but…

Superglue has tremendous holding power against pulling forces. It has considerable less strength against shear. Depending on the screw length, you should be able to unscrew it.

If you do take it apart, you will need to clean out the hole before doing it again. Superglue is basically plastic, and you’d basically be molding threads inside the hole. They won’t stand up to repeated use.

I’d suggest doing a test or two on mockup.


Sounds like no harm, and easy enough.

Yeah, I have no doubt I’d be able to remove the crystalline bond of superglue with just a soft turn of a screwdriver.

I have a few different cynoacrylate types around, so I’ll probably go for one of the more viscous types such as to not make a giant mess and just go like that.

Probably work just fine.

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I scanned a box of racing slides my dad took at Road America and Indy in the 70s in the early days of the pandemic?

Canon makes a few scanners that include holders/adaptors for slides/ film that work well (at least mine did?)

I just sat down and scanned about 30 a day then tweaked the exposure/brightness/contrast a bit for each…


This makes me smile. The most ridiculous and unnecessary addition to something as mundane as thermal paste, yet I would totally buy it.


Why not just hang a car air freshener in front of the cooling fan exhaust?


Because I want my machine to smell like hot bananas forever!


Here is a fascinating article about the first practical consumer vehicle navigation system. Why is it interesting? It was built in 1985! That’s before supercomputers in your pocket, before gigabytes of storage bought from a pharmacy on your keychain… before GPS.

One factoid: the arrowhead in your navigation app that represents your position? It was probably lifted wholesale from Atari’s original Asteroids.

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