RE: If user manuals were written in steampunk

Subject: RE: If user manuals were written in steampunk
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com" <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 16:37:38 -0400

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> Michael Morton
> Subject: OT: If user manuals were written in steampunk
> *The illumination of my brass lamp faltering at times, your humble
> servant
> had a lovely encounter with this fascinating descriptoid in the
> noontime of
> the day past...*
> If you visit the Google library in these days, the librarian will find
> plenty of articles and depictions of so called "Steampunk Monitors". In
> my
> imagination though, I envisioned the creation of a device that could
> show
> static but also moving pictures generated by means of computation and
> modulation of waves generated by my ingenious new invention.... (Any
> resemblance to devices used in "City of Lost Children" is purely
> coincidental).
> I also wanted to add "loudspeakers" (E. Siemens, et al.) to the device
> to
> present an even more pleasurable experience.
> The device will be able to reproduce sound and static/moving pictures
> and
> will be powered by another invention of mine, based on the works of my
> fellow researchers Nikola Tesla, using hyper-condensed steam applied to
> a
> turbine by the same name, Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio
> Volta
> and Michail Osipovich Dolivo-Dobrovolsky, able to produce alternating
> current in the amount of 110 volts.
> The glass storing containers and part of this generator will be visible
> atop
> the base cabinet. Due to an yet undiscovered effect, these jars light
> up in
> the rhythm of the reproduced sound. (Not depicted in this
> Instructable.)
> Please bear with me, your humble servant will keep you updated on the
> progress of this Instructable, for you to enjoy and, if you feel
> inclined,
> to reproduce.
> *Excerpted from
> > Chris

I own nothing that's steampunk, but I rather enjoy the
esthetic, when well done.
Here at the office, as they labored to come up with the
front-dressing for our most recent server-room appliance,
I kept advocating a lovely Steampunk look, with rosewood,
leather and brass. So WHAT if we added a couple of
hundred bucks to an item that sells for 30 grand?

But no.

I was imagining the direction my docs could take,
and the sort of decoration and illustrations I
could make. Oh well.

The OTHER unfortunate happenstance that your missive
brought to mind was related to Google. Some of you
might have been aware that a few years ago a company
had developed tech for efficiently digitizing microfilm
and other such off-line records, and then Google bought
them and began a massive project to digitize and make
searchable all the newspaper archives of the world.

This week, they announced that the project is stopping.
The archives of several major papers are online, and
will remain so, but no others will be processed. The
original developer and owner of the technology expressed
sadness. As he noted, Google could toss a paltry hundred
million bucks at the project, out of petty cash, and
have a marvelous resource for all kinds of sociological,
historical, anthropological, geneological, and other
research, for virtually every country of the world.

But no.

So, um, what new takeover target might be sucking up
all of Google's discretionary funds?

Never mind. [OT]

- k
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