Archive for August 2002

2002-08-16 – Energy in a spinning mass

Whilst reading up on ultra-high energy density flywheels for energy storage, I started to wonder about the force on a humble 7.62 Nato round. Being at work, I couldn’t find anything about the length of a 155 grain match bullet, so I printed a shadowgraph and measured it. The forces are quite wild! Knowing that…

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2002-08-14 – Redhat 7.3 installation is a breeze!

Just a quick note to say that if you want to try out a version of Linux, Redhat 7.3 was a very quick and painless installation. This is a good alternative to Mr. Gates’ axis of evil, and I highly recommend it. I had to do (yet another) re-install of Windows 98SE at the same…

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2002-08-08 – Furnace update

Well, I went out and bought a 19Kg Butane gas cylinder to power my furnace! For the princely sum of £15 I have enough gas to melt pretty much anything I could want! Now I need to buy a regulator that can do up to about 3 Bar, and to get a burner, plus, obviously,…

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2002-08-02 – Why you shouldn’t save for your old age

Get a pension, they cry! Governments have repeated this claom so often that people are finally believing it. After all it must make sense to plan for our retirement? Erm, actually, no. Simple calculations, and the UK law, mean that it is simply a waste of a chunk of your money each month. Look at…

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