Eugene ‘thirtytwoteeth’ Andruszczenko (of Game Boy Zero – Handheld Edition fame) posted a neat idea to help your Raspberry Pi Zero take jumper wires without soldering. He threaded fishing line through the 40 hole header, making an interference fit for male header pins. I tried it with 0.38 mm Trilene, which worked rather well.
A few seconds from a 12- hour print job
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… which of course failed 95% through:
You gotta brim all the time.
a brave wee one
It seems that Princess telephones — like the one I have — were notorious for having their connectors break. The connectors are made of brittle thermoset resin, and sit just where they’d hit the ground if you dropped the phone. This is definitely what happened here:
For the handset, you want a 616P connector. If your wall connector has gone too, you’ll need the 623P connector for that. These are fairly readily available on eBay.
These instructions really only apply to the 2702BMG model of the Princess phone. There are many variants, and the 2702BMG was one of the last Princess models made.
- Remove the upper body by unscrewing the two screws at each end of the base
- Remove the body, and remove the keypad. This is held in by two screws, one on each side of the keypad
- If your phone’s anything like mine, untwist the wires inside to get the line and handset connectors separated
- Unhook the old connectors from the terminals, and attach the new connectors as shown:
- Slot the handset modular connector into its space in the phone chassis
- Replace the keypad
- Re-route the wires so they don’t get pinched or block the handset hook, then re-attach the plastic body with the two screws.
I love it when people discover this book. It’s been a minor obsession of mine for nearly 30 years. I first put it on the web in March 2000 and updated it to then-current web standards in 2003: What a Life!: an autobiography. Over the years I’ve received a bunch of interesting notes from fans and even a couple from relatives of the authors. I marked it up the old, hard way: by scanning pages then re-keying the text. OCR wasn’t that great back in the day.
So I get kind of irked that this cakeordeath fella lifts my pictures and markup wholesale. Shame he didn’t understand how to copy CSS, ‘cos his formatting comes out worse than mine:
Crack open View Source on his https://cakeordeathsite.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/what-a-life/ and f’rinstance my Chapter 1, http://scruss.com/wal/chapter1.html:
<div> <p><span class="smallcaps">I</span> was born very near the end of the year. <img src="Images/wal009a.jpg" width="112" height="104" alt="calendar showing 29 December" class="right" /></p> </div> <p>The grange where I was born was situated in a secluded corner of the Chiltern Hills. Rumour had it that Queen Elizabeth had slept there.</p> <div class="centre"><img src="Images/wal009b.jpg" width="160" height="232" alt="doll's house" /></div>
<div> <p><span class="smallcaps">I</span> was born very near the end of the year.<img class="right" src="https://i1.wp.com/scruss.com/wal/Images/wal009a.jpg" alt="calendar showing 29 December" width="112" height="104"></p> </div> <p>The grange where I was born was situated in a secluded corner of the Chiltern Hills. Rumour had it that Queen Elizabeth had slept there.</p> <div class="centre"><img src="https://i2.wp.com/scruss.com/wal/Images/wal009b.jpg" alt="doll's house" width="160" height="232"></div>
I mean, come on … including my domain and image path scruss.com/wal in his image urls? Otherwise, it’s whitespace difference. I dunno, these kids today: lift anything without credit, so they would. Seems this dude is a semi-popular blogger, and I’d be vastly annoyed if he were getting ad revenue for this, while I did this for fun and it’s cost me to host it all these years.
There’s a further uncredited lift from Chris Mullen’s oldweb classic, Visual Telling of Stories. cakeordeath’s banner page scan is straight out of Chris’s Collage Pioneers: E.V.Lucas and George Morrow, What a Life! 1911 with the same file name. Was there credit? Was there shite …
‘cos even Cthulhu can use some assistance sometimes
I got this phone at a junk swap event. It had a broken handset jack, but I got a replacement from OldPhoneWorks.
It has a distinctive, loud ring:
That’s a lot of noise from a small phone!
If you want the ringtone for your phone, here it is as an Ogg file for Android: WesternElectric-Princess_Ring-mobile.zip
Western Electric “Princess” Telephone Ringing Recording © 2018, Stewart C. Russell — scruss.com provided under the Creative Commons — Attribution 2.5 Canada — CC BY 2.5 CA licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ca/
source by Dan Anderson: https://www.openprocessing.org/sketch/519299
Enlarged and plotted on a Roland DXY pen plotter: 0.7 mm black pen on design vellum.
Unfortunately, an earlier attempt to print this figure using a fresh-out-the-box 20+-year-old HP SurePlot ¼ mm pen on glossy drafting paper resulted in holes in the paper and an irreparably gummed-up pen. If anyone knows how to unblock these pens, I’m all ears …
In an otherwise blank concrete wall …
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Photo taken at: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
CRAIG makes the grade …
Parametric pen-grips – OpenSCAD ftw
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This is one of those toys that you whirl around on a piece of string and it makes a chirping sound like a flock of sparrows. I have no idea what they’re called, so I called it birb_chirper.
Printer: Reach 3D
Rafts: Doesn’t Matter
Supports: Doesn’t Matter
Resolution: 0.3 mm
Notes: This is a thin-walled model, so use at least two shells and no infill for smooth walls.
Take a piece of thin string about 1 metre long (I used micro-cord, very fine paracord), pass it through the hole in the tip, then tie off a jam knot that’s big enough to stop in the hole in the top but still pass back through the slot in the side. Now whirl the thing around fast by the string, and it should start to chirp.
This is intended for the amusement of small children and the annoyance of adults.
How I Designed This
// ogive-ogee example // scruss, 2018 use <ogive_and_ogee.scad>; ogive(20, 35); translate([0, -5])text("ogive(20,35)", size=3); translate([30, 0])ogee(20, 35); translate([30, -5])text("ogee(20,35)", size=3);
More lines and curves
accidental marbling found in injection-moulded recycled plastic microphone cup in a 1984 Western Electric 2702 (Princess) telephone handset
When you fix a thing and it just works …
When both clips broke within a week on my Timbuk2 messenger bag, I knew I had to do something. This coincided with me fixing my 3d printer (it was the extruder feed: it was too loose all along!), so I was able to prototype a new clip.
Bet you can’t get the film, though