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  1. Rocker toolposts.... why are they so beloved on...

    Rocker toolposts.... why are they so beloved on american lathes?
    Give me a proper quick change toolpost ANY day.
  2. Yes, and nylon and graphite impregnated material...

    Yes, and nylon and graphite impregnated material as well. Thingiverse is a print-it-yourself site mostly for hobbyists, tinkerers, home shop rather than commercial. Not sure if delrin is available as...
  3. If you have access to a 3D printer, you're in...

    If you have access to a 3D printer, you're in luck! South Bend Lathe Gears https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3172973
    They ought to work fine for occasional use, PET is apparently a good filament...
  4. How much of the U3 do you still have - do you...

    How much of the U3 do you still have - do you have the carriage and leadscrew or just the casting? I have a CAD drawing of the U3 bed cross-section showing the mandrel centre height/offset from the...
  5. How much dust is on the blades? High pressure...

    How much dust is on the blades? High pressure compressed air works wonders on fans and they will be clean in seconds (resist the urge to use it to spin them up).
    If they are already clean, maybe...
  6. Unimat 3: Casting size: 60mm long x 58mm wide...

    Unimat 3:
    Casting size: 60mm long x 58mm wide (at bed rails, it's slightly tapered) x 68.35mm high (from flat rail). Headstock spindle 105mm LOA without pulley on.
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    Sorry, what???????? I didn't know that :( :( ...

    Sorry, what???????? I didn't know that :( :( :( You're not serious are you?
    Australia has already lost a 360/40 (which apparently was damaged and parts mislaid) and who knows what else to them....
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    That photo looks familiar :) This was Max...

    That photo looks familiar :) This was Max Burnet's setup in a private technology museum in Sydney a few years back. The PRS01 portable paper tape reader was interfaced to the Straight 8 and the...
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    That's a pretty good list, I thought it lacked...

    That's a pretty good list, I thought it lacked some I could think of until I saw there was a link to another page listing fictional robots and androids.
    Perhaps it could also include Heinlein's...
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    I agree with krebizfan, check the disk with a...

    I agree with krebizfan, check the disk with a SMART tool to get an indication of whether it's starting to fail. If so, reformatting is probably only going to delay an eventual failure. There is lots...
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    TL;DR Gigabite really doesn't like Microsoft, I...

    TL;DR
    Gigabite really doesn't like Microsoft, I can see that.
    Finding info on installing all versions of the .NET runtime is as simple as searching "install all versions .NET runtime".
    Of the...
  12. That's very nice. If you want switch paddles and...

    That's very nice. If you want switch paddles and LED bezels similar to the DEC originals and have access to a 3D printer, feel free to use my paddle STL at https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2829191
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    I know nothing about MIDI (been meaning to look...

    I know nothing about MIDI (been meaning to look into it someday, as I inherited a CASIO keyboard) and have only had a brief look to see what SysEx is about, but here's someone's API (using pInvoke...
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    I can't address your grievances as you are...

    I can't address your grievances as you are entitled to your opinion, but I will address the points you've made that are not correct.

    Firstly, right from the start .NET supports legacy code by way...
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    Yes, the frameworks take advantage of new OS...

    Yes, the frameworks take advantage of new OS features and do require underlying updates. It goes without saying that the latest will not run on an unpatched out of date OS, would you expect it to?
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    .NET is not the problem here, it's a great...

    .NET is not the problem here, it's a great application framework that has been in continual development for the last twenty years, I've been developing on .NET for that time. What are you installing...
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    Here are - to my knowledge - perhaps the only...

    Here are - to my knowledge - perhaps the only remaining (complete?) set of schematics, ALDs, SLDs and so on for the System 360 Model 40, in the Hursley archive. For all I know, my dad could have...
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    For oddball voltages I just use these things,...

    For oddball voltages I just use these things, dirt cheap, run them off a 12V supply, wire on the plug + lead from the broken wall wart and adjust with a multimeter...
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    Just building the existing solution on 4.7.2 at...

    Just building the existing solution on 4.7.2 at the moment, I will try Core later. Got it to build by dropping the red herring Files11.cs from the project. Then needed to wrap the logical drives...
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    Not necessarily, it can probably build under .NET...

    Not necessarily, it can probably build under .NET Core and then run on Mac and Linux too. Lots of things can and Core is only getting better with each release. I just tried to build it as such,...
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    I do scale military vehicles mostly these days...

    I do scale military vehicles mostly these days (including 3D printing) but have also done unusual aircraft, some of my vac-forms are on this page http://www.unicraft.biz/uniphot3.htm and photos of...
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    A small dual-action airbrush will take a really...

    A small dual-action airbrush will take a really long time to paint a computer case, and you will be more prone to putting streaks on because the jet width is so small. I use one for scale modelling...
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    Good thing neither of us spent too much time on...

    Good thing neither of us spent too much time on building pdp11dasm then :)

    Thanks Don for the simple simh example.
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    Righto. I can recompile in all versions of VS up...

    Righto. I can recompile in all versions of VS up to and including VS2019 if wanted. Modifying the source to take octal ASCII sounds like it would be a useful addition to that program.
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    My dad had the small IBM ProPrinter back in the...

    My dad had the small IBM ProPrinter back in the day and he thought it was the greatest thing since bit-sliced bread. He absolutely loved the front feed slot for easily loading single pages, quite an...
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