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If I do a task every day, I'll likely have a tool optimized for that
task.  If I do a task once a year, no, I'll find some other tool in my
toolbox that will also this once-a-year task.
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How many times do would you really use a Leatherman if you had one
with you.  I know I wouldn't at all.  I don't even carry a knife -
very little use for it, compared to the bother of the lump in my
pocket.
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Your wording shows your contempt for "urban assault pickup trucks".
The rest of the words are superfluous.
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Think happy.  It's not always in small "packages" but if that's all
you have...

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On Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 11:46:00 AM UTC-4, Jeff Liebermann wrote:
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I almost always have my original leatherman in my pocket.  
~4 x 1 x 1/2" a little smaller would be OK.. all the  
new ones are bigger. (sigh)

George H.  
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these are smaller, 3.25" and 2.25"  

https://www.leatherman.com/pocket-size-multi-tools
https://www.leatherman.com/keychain-multi-tools





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OK thanks.  (Way too many choices. :^)  

George H.

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On Sat, 18 Aug 2018 17:53:15 -0700 (PDT), George Herold

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Welcome to geek or nerd high fashion.  The original Wave is a heavy
beast at 9 oz (255 g).  When I took it apart for cleaning (it was
filthy when I bought it), I weighed just the frame and other
non-functional hardware at about 140 grams or 55% of the total weight.
In other words, 55% of the tool was useless dead weight.  Newer tools
use a better design but they're still quite heavy.  Leatherman makes
smaller tools, but this one was used, available, and cheap, so I
bought it.

This is what I usually carry around with me (unless I'm doing exercise
or need to wear a suit):
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The idea was to get rid of some of the pocket protector tools, knife,
and channel locks.  It didn't work.

Someone is sure to ask why two sets of keys.  I got tired of locking
myself out of my car, house, office, and having some visitor drive off
with the bathroom key.

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On 08/18/2018 10:36 PM, Jeff Liebermann wrote:
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I have three or four Juice XE6es, which I quite like.

Cheers

Phil Hobbs

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Re: stunningly stupid Electronics Design article
On Sun, 19 Aug 2018 06:58:19 -0400, Phil Hobbs

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The Juice XE6 is lighter, but it's not what I need or want.

All the Leatherman products are great tools but all have the same
fundamental problem.  They all try to satisfy the widest possible
range of users and uses, resulting in quite a bit of useless bulk and
weight.  For example, do I really need to carry a cork screw as found
on the Juice XE6?  I've been doing repairs and using pocket tools long
enough to know what I need.  Basically, the small tools should be
removable and the large tools (knife, pliers, cutter) need to have a
strong handle for maximum leverage.  The pliers should be locking like
vice grips.  The cutter should have inserts for stripping various
diameter wires. None of the multitool designs I've seen do it this
way, although some come close.  

I'm resisting the temptation to build my own multitool by tearing
apart a Leatherman for the blades and tools, and reassembling them on
a different frame in a manner I think might be useful.  There is a
sub-culture appearing on YouTube that "mods" Leatherman tools to
produce more interesting combinations.  Locally, the university has a
limit on the length of pocket knife blades that can be carried on
campus, which has resulted in a lucurative Leatherman blade shortening
service.  There's plenty of opportunity to be creative.

I now have access to a CNC mill and have scribbled some ideas that
might be worth building.  However, the machine is now rather busy
making money and I have a grow list of projects that are not getting
done.  Maybe someone will accidentally do it right so I can buy one.

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On Sun, 19 Aug 2018 11:37:56 -0700, Jeff Liebermann wrote:

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How about adding a zip gun for those tough neighbourhoods? ;-)

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The football hooligans in the UK came up with a short bladed knife that  
would inflict scars that never heal up properly. They used a Stanley  
knife with two blades inserted where there's normally just the one, and  
separated them a few millimeters by jamming a broken off matchstick  
between them. So it's not all about length.




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On 08/19/2018 03:03 PM, Cursitor Doom wrote:
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lol people in the UK pay to watch some guys kick a ball and get stabbed  
while they're at it


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On Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:03:50 -0000 (UTC), Cursitor Doom

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It's a tool, not a weapon.  I guess any tool could be used as a
weapon, but I wouldn't design it that way.

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Was that invented to replace the zombie knives after they were banned
in UK?
<https://www.google.com/search?q=zombie+knife&tbm=isch

I use the same tool to make long narrow cuts in PCB material for
making circuit boards.
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A matchstick is too thick, but a trimmed zip tie works nicely.  
Patent pending.  

I have a number of different Stanley utility knives (don't ask why):
<https://www.google.com/search?q=stanley+utility+knife&tbm=isch
Only a few are wide or sloppy enough to fit more than one blade at a
time.  I know because I've tried them all.



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On Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:06:54 -0700, Jeff Liebermann wrote:

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Nope, the twin blade trick preceded that ban by a good 30+ years.




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On 08/14/2018 07:50 PM, Jeff Liebermann wrote:
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The folks who solicit this kind of content get ticked if you use too  
many words and not enough pictures. They have their read-time targets in  
mind and too many words tends to make short Internet attention-spans  
close the window which is bad for earning Adsense revenue

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"Content" nowadays tends to giant artistic fonts and pictures to fill
up square feet of magazine space.

Speaking of pictures, there ought to be conventions/laws about
identifying edited pictures and artists' conceptions.  

https://bgr.com/2018/08/06/rogue-planet-brown-dwarf-aurora/

Even NASA is bad about this.

I suggest some distinct icon in the lower-right of fake images.


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On 08/15/2018 11:37 AM, John Larkin wrote:
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Some tech dudez I know enjoyed having a laugh at this old Paul Krugman  
piece about how the Internet wouldn't be as big a deal as it was made  
out to be:

<http://web.archive.org/web/20000815202610/http://www.redherring.com:80/mag/issue55/economics.html

"As the rate of technological change in computing slows, the number of  
jobs for IT specialists will decelerate, then actually turn down; ten  
years from now, the phrase information economy will sound silly."

<https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&geo=US&q=information%20economy

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"It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future."

That goes double for idiots like Paul Krugman.


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On 08/16/2018 10:14 AM, John Larkin wrote:
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The phrase "information economy" did peak in popularity in 2004 as the  
graph shows, never to return. If you account for all the employee hours  
that have been wasted on e.g. social media vs. the money the Internet  
has made for tech companies in the social media business it's probably  
about break even. The fax machine by comparison was undoubtedly a net win.

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On Friday, August 17, 2018 at 12:14:16 AM UTC+10, John Larkin wrote:
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Sadly for John Larkin's reputation, Paul Krugman isn't an idiot. Idiots don't get Nobel Prizes for Economics, not that the Nobel Prize for Economics is as impressive as the Nobel Prizes for sciences that have got a bit further.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Krugman

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mandag den 13. august 2018 kl. 23.58.07 UTC+2 skrev Joerg:
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here usual the paper garbage you get in your mailbox has to be 20%  
"editorial content" to be classified as newspaper/magazine and be  
exempt from VAT



Re: stunningly stupid Electronics Design article
On 2018-08-14 08:58, Lasse Langwadt Christensen wrote:
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And then they probably fill it with "bought articles" where, in exchange  
for placing a nice full-page ad someone writes a glowing story with lots  
of sentences like "This is the best bike I've ever ridden!".

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On Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:58:04 -0700 (PDT), Lasse Langwadt Christensen

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Same here, editorial content between the ads gets a cheaper postal
rate.

The EE mags - ED, EDN, ECN, are almost gone.  


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