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    sacc51 is offline Part time brain surgeon. Have own cordless drill.
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    Default A handy thingy for your workshop.

    Here’s a gizmo that arrived in the post from China the other day, thought it might be of interest to others. Using the pen supplied or your nail you can write or draw shapes. It doesn't need to be turned on to draw, just to erase.

    This one was only $18 so was a try and see purchase. This particular one only has a write/draw and erase function but you can get others, costing more of course, that will also store your drawings. I assume there is probably another that will have an erase function so you can erase individual lines.

    They're available in 4, 6, 10 and 12" sizes also.

    Even without the store and erase functions, it is a handy gizmo for the shed, or even to stick on the fridge to remind the wife to get more chocolate!
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    Great for wiring diagrams. Tomorrows job. Probably a waste of time as the stepper's a little small, but it'll give me an idea of how to proceed.
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    Can't you do that with any smart phone these days or am I missing something???

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    Smart phones don't have 12" screens to my knowledge. Still if your happy with your smart phone, you go for it, I'll stick with my 12" drawing tablet. Have you considered that some on here don't have smart phones, or, that this might appeal to someone other than yourself.

    I'd say, you're definitely missing something! Take the post for what it's worth, if it doesn't interest you, then it's not worth anything to you is it?
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    Pretty lame shot. Not unexpected though!
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    I realise it might be useful to some folks but after having a crack at this sort of drawing on my iPad and my iPhone (and bear in mind that the apps for these devices can do a hell of a lot more than just draw and erase), after a few sketches I reverted to paper. After watching my graphic designer nephew do some amazing cartoon style drawings on his iPad, I dunno maybe I didn't persist for long enough with it.

    When I retired I ended up with dozens of thick, lightly used, spiral notebooks and I have these located in a few specific locations around the house that I can easily grab a hold of. Some are dedicated to specific types of projects, eg electronics, electrical motors wiring diagrams and performance, mechanical drawings or methods for doing things. When I need to compare images or notes I still find it's easier to flip between pages in a book or hold pages from two books next to each other.

    If something is critical or needs to be communicated with someone else, I do take photos of the drawing and it gets archived in my comprehensive photo archive system or emailed etc.

    Chocolate purchasing reminders to SWMBO are sent to her via SMS so there's less of an excuse for non-purchase as I know she regularly checks her messages.

    Here's one of those drawing tablets for $7.78
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/12-Inch-...0AAOSwvApaRczF

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    Yep, been there, I have dozens of scrapbooks I draw pics and wiring diagrams in. I must be very disorganised though because they keep disappearing. I only ordered this one for a look see, if it was okay I thought I'd order one with a save function, give the file a meaningful name and thus make files easier to find. Flipping page after page in scrapbooks is very tedious. This is just another option. I have a cheap ereader I bought years ago, as well as an ereader it also has Radio, music, video and all sorts of things. I'd forgotten all about it. It also has a scribble pad but the screen is only 8".
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    I can see a use for one of these on my desk and in the workshop. BUT ONLY if I can find one that allows SAVING my sketches and note - e.g. to a USB stick or by bluetooth or even by cable. Canp;t find one of those....
    Scribbling and then just removing I tend to do in my head - the erase function is on automatic timer
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    almost completely retired - more time to contemplate projects and spend more shed time....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sacc51 View Post
    Flipping page after page in scrapbooks is very tedious..
    It comes down to what you are used to doing.
    Scientific log book training hammered into students over 3 decades must have had an impact even on me.
    First thing is number all pages and set up the first five pages as an index with sufficient space to provide cross referencing.
    Date and if necessary time stamp all entries.
    Take lots of notes.
    Show sample calculations, show all failures with possible explanations etc.

    In 2005 a student at uni asked me about an old isotopic standard standard solution he found in glass flask in a cupboard and could he use it.
    It had a date (1976) and my name on it but the label showing what the specific isotopes were and final concentration had fallen off.
    I found my 1976 log book in between the 1975 and 1977 log book in one of my many filing cabinets.
    The date easily enabled me to find the appropriate entry where the solution had been prepared and the concentration was listed as 1.02 ppm but I said don't take my word for it and you will need to remeasure it because some of the water has probably evaporated since then - he got 1.05 ppm.

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    I did all that in defence: Wrote SOPs, Orders, Instructional Papers, Cyclone Orders, indexes, folios, bibliographies, blah, blah, hated it. Worst part was proof reading and correcting papers from university graduates calling themselves officers. Probably why I'm so grumpy now... I'm only a grade school graduate, spent years educating myself and learning to write, all for nothing. All I ever wanted was to work with dogs. There's a lesson in there: never get too good at your job or you'll get promoted out of it. I've been retired for 17 years now and have no intention of making my hobby a job. Confusion and disorganisation rule my life now! Happily!
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    A modern day slate, how the wheel has turned.

    The dragon bought an ipad with a special pencil to draw patterns for her loom, I prefer pencil and paper to scratch out a mud map then store in a folder in the workshop

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    I often use my phones pen thingo(Samsung Note8) for quick sketching and mud mapping... very handy when you can take a photo and sketch ideas over it or change a colour/size of an object.

    Also great for messing about changing photos of people for laughs on the fly
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    I won't take phones, tablets, computers into my workshop, just too much dust, stuffed up one laptop a while back. Maybe due to the size of my workshop, whatever. The sketch pad at only a few bucks is good value in my book.

    There is one other thing: I have no interest in grabbing the latest piece of tech just so I can say 'look at me, look at me'! No Interest I'm afraid. I use my phone for phone calls and occasional internet use when away from home, if I want a sketchpad inside I use one of three tablets I have or my ereader which does music, videos and sketching or a laptop or desktop. Or, on most occasions, the most tech orientated platform I have, an exercise book! I'll now be using the cheapy sketchpad.

    My wife uses the tablets, phone, desktop for internet use as well; unfortunately she's not tech savvy, neither does she have a very good memory: no matter how many rimes I show her how to disable apps to speed the gizmo up or how to use different apps and features she always forgets, must be a woman thing. Although, her son considers himself to be a tech guru but was amazed at the speed increase on his laptop when I showed him how to disable Windows services and do a few other tweaks to speed things up. Amazing really, all you have to do is google it. But he's still the tech guru and I'm just an old computer illiterate grump.

    The wife's son forgets I've been messing around with computers since I bought my first computer back in the 80s, no hard drives then, but if you were lucky you'd have two floppy drives. As far as he's concerned, computers are a new tech, made specifically to confuse us oldies!
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    Each to their own , whatever works for you and does it how you want , I have absolutely no desire to purchase or ever use an Apple product.

    They are like many American companies are too pushy and full of their own importance.

    I prefer something that as an owner I can tailor it to my requirements , remove features that I dont want like games .

    Functional and fit for purpose as oppose to having some shiny piece of technology that is soon obsolete and needs constant updates .

    Michael

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