28922Re: OT: Steam power
- Jan 11, 2013--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, joshbensadon wrote:
>stationary steam engines with power take offs (PTO) have been around since long before the American Civil War - too bad there isn't a steam group at info age :-)
> --- In email@example.com, "Jeff Jonas" wrote:
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, joshbensadon wrote:
> > > I think the Vintage Computer Museum needs a nice
> > > steam powered generator.
> > Pine Creek Railroad, so a steam locomotive is POSSIBLE
> > but we'd have to put it on a treadmill to generate electricity.
> A treadmill for a steam locomotive will cost more than a power transformer. Perhaps someone can find an old steam tractor?
> > Check vintage-ads for the clear advantages of
> > clean burning ANTHRICITE coal!
> *vintage* ads rule.
> > Even then, a cluster of new low-power microcontrollers
> > will beat big-iron for MIPS-per-watt :-/
> > *shudders* at the thought of a heap-o-Arduinos
> > powered by 9v batteries.
> LoL, perhaps the group will accept a bunch of COSMAC 1802 Membership cards being ran from batteries?
> PS. The only draw back to steam power is that there will need to be a fireman to keep shoveling the coal. I guess that's what the "new guy" is for? Consider it an initiation rite of passage.
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