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Clean the engine
Distilled water works wonders. I got this tip from Eagle
research. My 10 year old car has 70,000 km and the engine sounds like
new after internal "steam cleaning" .
In 1997, I wrote: The Force
works. My car has 23,000 km and in the past 3 months I have run through
two Formula 1 cleaning packs. Now more than a month on the Formula 2. I
noticed better engine response and 400km of highway at 120 km/h now compare
to the best values ever at 100-110 km/h: 14.3 km/liter, more than
33 mpg. Like most fuel-injected engines, the 2 liter Toyota used to have
a little soot in the tailpipe - it is almost gone now! I keep all gas receipts
and consumption in a 1-2-3 spreadsheet. If I find how to easily import
the data and graph, I'll post my data here.
PDA, personal digital assistant
HP200LX. Did you notice how the price of this little marvel did
not drop for years when prices of all the other PCs regularly went
down? Even now that newer handhelds are out, the HP200 is still a great
machine. My mentor in this field bought the newer HP320LX which runs Diet
Windows (Win CE). Disappointed, he sold it again within a month or two.
Despite a 44MHz 32-bit processor, the unit is too slow. He prefers the
HP200 and gets a RAM and speed upgrade
instead. I may do the same to my own unit. I dropped it 4 times,
twice out of the shirt pocket when picking up something else. No damage.
Only the latch of the cover gave up from fatigue of the plastic spring.
A rather cosmetic flaw.
Musical Surround Sound
from only 2 Speakers
Did you notice even excellent HiFi equipment usually fails to render
the depth (space) in the music that is present when you hear music
live? Just a little bit closer to the original than flat stereo,
I enjoy the astounding rendering of space by SRS
3D with only 2 speakers. The Nureality
demo CD sounds excellent, just a bit overdone in the treble. The large
SRS home theater unit I bought from them works as promised, it renders
a kind of space that is normally lost when recording with microphones.
The sound gets closer to what artificial head microphones reproduce. However,
the Nureality unit adds a little roughness to the sound and reduces the
low bass. Manufacturer skimped on the components.
Print to fax without
paying a phone company
A $5 adapter for printing by modem to any fax without paying for a phone
line. It effectively simulates the public exchange circuit. Briefing
for the techie: take a 9V battery, a 1.5 kOhm resistor (1.1 kOhm and
2.2 kOhm won’t work, I tried it) and wire these two in series across the
center two terminals of a female-female phone jack connector. Connect your
computer and fax modem with this power plug. Set PC to send direct and
then the fax to receive direct.