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Discussion in 'General Computing' started by DIY sailor, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. DIY sailor
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    Guy's Some time ago i found a download section where several very usefull excell files could be downloaded. Now i am looking for it i however can not find it anymore. Can anybody point me to the files or has this section been removed for some reason (this would realy be very regrettable!).

    Hope to get some assistance on this soon.
     
  2. PAR
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    Well, you could search "excel" and see what happens. When I did I got 432 threads with the word in it some where. It's likely you'll find the threads you're referring to, remember "excel" is one "L" not two.
     
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    I think you have misunderstood my question or maybe I have been insufficiently clear; I am looking for an excell download area similar to the one there is for CAD blocks. Some months ago I found it and today I coun's find it anymore.

    Searching fore excell gave me many threads as a result but no link to the above mentioned area. There several usefull templates listed at that time wich could potentialy save me some time.
     
  4. Jeff
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    Under the Software forum you should be seeing "Spreadsheet Library" showing up now. This is a small grouping of excel files posted to the forum over the years, but only a small collection that have been posted there; many more are only in individual threads in response to specific requests and discussions.

    Did you by chance have a different username before with more posts? Or maybe you saw it a good while ago? To keep spammers away, certain features have been restricted until you have a few posts, such as Private Messages, the Spreadsheet Library, the ability to post active links, and the ability to post to the gallery immediately without having to wait for images to be moderated, etc.
     
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  6. DIY sailor
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    Yes, thanks a lot.

    Seeing this it looks so simple.....And no I have not been spamming this forum using an other username..... Could IE 6 (my company is still using this old browser unfortunately) play a trick on me?
     
  7. Jeff
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    Sometimes when people lose their password and don't have a current email on their forum account, it's impossible to reset their password so they have to create a new username, so I thought maybe that's what happened.
    When we started, things could be really simple -- at the beginning we didn't even require people to signup to post - you simply entered your name next to the post... unfortunately, spammers and bots make things a bit more annoying for everyone at times. So now once you've established yourself on the forum with a few posts, a scheduled task gives you more advanced permissions. This gives time to weed out spammers or bots from member-only features.

    -- Not that I would go back to dialup and CRT monitors for the 'simplicity' of early years.
     
  8. PAR
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    Come on Jeff, the good old days, when men were men and women free if you had powder. My first machine was a 286-16, which clearly sucked and 6 months later I had a 383-20 with 2 MGs on board. I though I was God and the 20 MG hard drive made me wonder how many years it would take to fill it up!

    I have a 37" CRT (a friggen 150 pound RCA) the the other half just loves. She doesn't know it yet, but this is going to be my next monitor. It went down last year with a bad zener on the outbound side of the board. I suspect it'll happen again and give me reason to "reward" her with a new 45" LCD, cause she's getting old and needs the bigger picture. Then I'll get the 37" CRT. Of course I don't have a desk that can take a CRT this big, but I'm big on making stuff.

    Hey, I got some 3.5's and one left of a 5.25 floppy drives if you're interested . . .
     
  9. daiquiri
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    Hey I'm beating you in this field, you lazy latestarter! :D
    My first one was a Commodore 64. Talking about early 80's. Floppy drives were for rich guys, the rest of us had to live with the cassette tape recorder for data storage, which implied that a screwdriver always had to be at hands reach. Actually, you could recognize a Commodore 64 owner by a tiny screwdriver popping out from his pocket. Eeeeh, those times... :rolleyes:

    I was able to program my own database software, games and music for that little machine back then - and it was a heck of a fun. Actually, EVERYONE had to program their own stuff back then, or to ask a local teenage computer geek to create a one-off software for them. There was nearly nothing commercialy available... I had made and sold several programs, too. It was a real golden age for DIY programmers and electronic technicians. :)

    That's a characteristic of our present times. We don't really need many of things we have, but we buy them because we can, and then there's that special discount offer you cannot refuse... ;)

    Cheers!
     
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  10. PAR
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    Actually, I played with a Tandy Z-80 for a while. Remember the audio cassette storage! It also accepted the Atari game cartridge. I never took this thing very seriously and considered it more of a game, though later versions actually had DOS based software.
     
  11. DMacPherson
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    Had to jump in here. I painted houses one summer while at school (so this must have been '78 or '79) to buy a TRS-80. It had a three digit serial number. Cassette tape drive, 4K RAM. A year later I upgraded to the Math Level 2, with 16K RAM. Quite reasonable for the time. I used it at school to program speed/power prediction, and some really simple righting-heeling moment calcs as I recall. It really didn't suck.

    Don MacPherson
    HydroComp
     
  12. daiquiri
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    Ahahahah, fantastic... :D :eek:

    My first, beloved and unforgettable, computer program (I still remember the thrill before hitting the RETURN button after "run"... :D ):

    10 print "hello"
    20 goto 10
    run


    After which I had to open the manual to find out how to stop the damned thing... :D :D
     
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    atari's 8-track like cassettes also fitted my first computer, a real texas instrument
    wrote my basic too still without linenumbers for goto and if-than, and rather forget the syntax errors i made
    bookkeeping -before the tax got me- AND drafting programs on those tapes before trowing them out the window
    later around 95 acad and max came with 3dcad and i went wow but face it, we are getting old frends
     
  14. DMacPherson
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    We are getting old, but to me that is not a liability. We remember the days of hand calculations, where we had to understand the physics before doing the calcs. I fear that is no longer the case, with fancy computer programs and seriously impressive number crunching hardware. I cringe when I see my daughter (a Mech Eng univ student) being taught the math before the physics.

    This might sound odd coming from someone who makes their living with computer software. However, that underscores a balance that I personally struggle with as we develop new tools - how to provide the utility and convenience of software, without taking the engineer out of the loop. I may be the most anti-computer person in a computer profession that you will ever meet - again, which I do not think is a liability. My intro to nav arch students are required to provide hand calculations of everything they do. It is eye opening for them.

    Agree or disagree, you might find this story interesting. Something that only us "finely aged" ones can appreciate from first hand experience.

    http://hydrocompmusings.wordpress.com/2009/09/30/blind-faith-engineers-cannot-afford-it/

    Any of you pre-computer "old guys" going to METS? If so, look me up at booth 04.406. You'll find me with the computers and software...

    Don MacPherson
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  15. daiquiri
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    Don, I couldn't agree more. Too bad you haven't been here a year ago, when we've almost had a kind of cyber-war broke out (I'm kidding, of course - let's call it a "vivid discussion") about the issues of software data validation... ;)

    Cheers!
     
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