A Conversation for Wind force twelve abaft the Beam

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Post 81

Alec Trician. (is keeping perfectly still)

smiley - blush...well er yes, i think it is, these must have been expensive...i wonder who they belong to ?????
...i mean, who would wear these under a pirates uniform?...they certainly wouldn't keep anything warm!

alec.smiley - smiley


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Post 82

Kes

*Looks across*
Not big enough to polish anything with, really ....


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Post 83

Alec Trician. (is keeping perfectly still)

...er ...no, not really are they kes,
though you might be able to floss er something with them.
smiley - fullmoon
alec.smiley - smiley


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Post 84

Kes

*Decides not to anser, because the only comment he can think of would be instantly moderated*


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Post 85

Lighthousegirl - back on board

smiley - blush * wishes she had never mentioned the fabric *


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Post 86

Alec Trician. (is keeping perfectly still)

*alec continues to floss...sorry, polish the chrome cylinder head covers.*
smiley - whistlesmiley - whistlesmiley - whistle

alec.smiley - ok


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Post 87

Kes

*Kes reckons it will take Alex a long time to complete the job unless he reverts to using his usual cotton cloth .....*


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Post 88

Alec Trician. (is keeping perfectly still)

*alec looks up from work on his bench,where microprocessor cards, solid-state relays,disk drives, ethernet hubs and heating coils are disassembled in front of him...alec adjusts the flashlight mounted on his forehead, and peers over at kes...*smiley - doctor

'actually, i'm justworking on "talkie-toaster" here,...in any case, my w**k motto is :
"I may be slow, but I am EXPENSIVE."

*the conglomeration of bits on the bench suddenly emits sparks and smoke, and a disembodied electronic voice says :"I Toast, therefore I am, if you would like to make some toast, please hang up and try again later."*

...erm, would you care to roll out the old 'slap-on rollaway steel punch cabinet there kes,it's been windy today, i'm getting a little thirsty,and it's friday,...p'raps you could serve us both with a little refreshment.

alec.smiley - ok


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Post 89

Kes

Yes, certainly ... your reliable secret supply ...
*Mixes a couple of fairly stiff smiley - stiffdrinksmiley - stiffdrink *
Cheers!
About that toaster ...maybe if you added a 10x5 Ethernet port, we could ping it for fresh toast from anywhere on the ship ....


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Post 90

Alec Trician. (is keeping perfectly still)

smiley - wow kes...what a great idea...do you suppose we could get it to actually OUTPUT the toast anywhere on the ship too ?
smiley - geek
Praps if i modified some of these old printers i've got lying around, made the paper guides a bit wider to accomodate different thicknesses of bread, we could have completely networked toast...certainly worth thinking about.

alecsmiley - smiley


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Post 91

Kes

Yes! And if any of them are bubblejets, maybe we could convert them to spray on the butter and the jam\marmalade of your choice! We're on to something here!


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Post 92

Lighthousegirl - back on board

* comes down to the generator room *

Hi guys, how are you?

Wow is that a talking toaster? Do you think you will be able to make it output everywhere? Could I get one in the bar?


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Post 93

Kes

The bar could be our alpha-test site. Alec would know if there's an Ethernet port in there ....


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Post 94

Alec Trician. (is keeping perfectly still)

Ill have to check the drawingssmiley - geek, but easy enough to put one in...don't know if it will handle toast though...hmmm...i'm sure it could be adapted, modified to cope with even a dreikorn brot,

i like the idea of using the bubble-jet for the marj...could it handle marmite? multiple spreads?...pb&j for example...

ok luz, we'll have a prototype installed in the next few days,
leave it to us.

alec.smiley - biggrin


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Post 95

Kes

I'll run some tests on what spreads will go through the bubblejet nozzles ...might have to modify them for things like chunky marmalade ...


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Post 96

Alec Trician. (is keeping perfectly still)

...crunchy peanut butter...

do you think the mess people will be terribly traumatised if we take the toast trade into the twenty-first with talkie toaster here??

alec.smiley - smiley


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Post 97

Kes

We can always offer them a hub, with ten parallel outlets ... to cope with peak-time loading ....


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Post 98

Lighthousegirl - back on board

Guys this sounds fantastic, hot toast complete with butter and a choice of topping smiley - smiley How soon can you install the prototype?


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Post 99

Kes

The hardware might take a day or so ...but we can start on the cabling.
*Pushes piece of blue cable with RJ connector on end up through a duct*
Let's go see if that came out in the bar somewhere ......


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Post 100

Kes

*Returns from bar*
OK - cable is through! Now let's specify the changes we have to make in order to turn this bubble-jet printer into an internet toaster .....
1) Convert paper feed to bread feed capable of accepting the standard Euro-loaf and a US-letter loaf
2) Increase spacing between internal rollers so bread doesn't get squashed
3) Add heating elements
3a) Add butter spreading mechanism just downstream of heaters
4) Modify ink cartridge holder to accept a range of marmalades, jams, conserves and spreads
5) Enlarge nozzles on cartridge holder
6) Fit topping sensor, so that toast will always land butter-side up.
7) Add network card and connect to bread feed rollers & heaters
8) Add 16MB RAM, and load with Telnet, TCP & IP

*Grabs screwdriver*
To work!


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