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a multi-thousand dollar (?) video conferencing camera system
Apparently these are the "cheap" $600 home-video-conferencing cameras.  That's not so bad!

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an Intel X3 USB microscope
Those are fun.  We have the "digital blue" version (from when they were commercially available.)  Drivers are still available...

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I've got problems...
Every once in a while I contemplate the relative thinness of the line between the inveterate high-tech junk collector and the street people with their shopping cart full of their favorite junk...
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Those are fun.  We have the "digital blue" version (from when they were commercially available.)  Drivers are still available...

Yeah - I meant "QX3" and it is the "digital blue"; I got it working on my Ubuntu box fairly easily - found a driver that I compiled to allow me to turn off/on the lights, but the resolution is fairly pitiful (CIF? 352 x 288?). Still, I was able to get some interesting close-ups. I'm thinking about marrying the quickcam to the scope, or using the optics from it with a different cam I have that does 640 x 480. Some future weird project, maybe. It would be nice for circuit board inspection (would beat using a jeweler's loupe or handheld microscope, like I do now).

Every once in a while I contemplate the relative thinness of the line between the inveterate high-tech junk collector and the street people with their shopping cart full of their favorite junk...

LOL. My shop's getting crowded, I need to do a major tear-down of stuff, a goodwill donation run for some other stuff, and parting out other things. Ugh.

I opened up the PC I grabbed when I got home; no hard drive, but the inside was fairly clean (I opened it up outside - I've heard of people finding all sorts of ungodly stuff and bugs inside unknown PCs - I wasn't going to do that inside the house). Turns out what it had was a 486 board of some kind, but the CPU was replaced with some kind of "Evergreen" CPU upgrade (586? Fake Pentium? Dunno yet), and the SIMM slots had a tower expander off one slot filled with RAM, and a Promise multi-port IO card (with IDE ports, floppy drive connectors, and serial/parallel ports on a EISA card). There was also an EISA VGA card, plus a modem card. I'll probably keep the parts and ditch the case (it's a weird non-standard case with an older huge PSU on it). I'm actually glad it had the multi-port card; I need one for a 386 I'm building up (that's going to be a weird one - I have the 386 board, I'm going to stuff it to the gills with as much RAM as it will take, and I have a Cyrix 386-to-486 upgrade CPU as well that might go into it - maybe).

I must be crazy... smiley-yell
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Hey "crazy" cr0sh, I'm interested in the evergreen. I could trade with you (Phi-1 shield PCB) if you're interested. PM me with a couple pictures of the chip and the board. Thanks.

As for me, I didn't pay but I did grab a few ribbon cables 40-60 pins from a "dump place". Going to do some projects with the cables.
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