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Re:Reed switch issues + computers without boxes
« on: June 20, 2005, 01:09AM »
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Quote from: Ismenio on June 18, 2005, 08:59PM   

Can I contact those folks in English?
Also, would they have the details for a koffer for the Tasc (computer + board + pieces + A/C adapter + manual) on file or would I need to provide for them?

Great news that you're moving to this side of the pond! You'll be closer to me. Maybe one day we can meetup? How about planning for a "chess computer convention" one day?

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Ismenio,

you can contact them in English of course...everybody over here manages at least a little bit

They do not have the details for the Tasc since they are not specialized on chess computers. I send them the details (you should have received an email by now) via email.

"Closer to you" might be relative...I am moving to Québec...so you can decide whether we will be close or not

But a chess computer convention is a great idea...I am eager to see your collection. My contract in CA is limited so  I will bring only the Tasc and the Ruffian for a start.

We will see.

All the best,

Christian
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Re:Reed switch issues + computers without boxes
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2005, 12:26AM »
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Tom on the Novag Crystal I went through the Selective Searches 1989 to 1992 and found no mention whatsoever. Either the 1990 on the box is misleading or Eric did not deem the Crystal worthy of a mention. Probably the latter in view of your comment on its chess strength.

I have found Novag very helpful when it comes to providing manuals. Twice I have emailed them in Hong Kong and in a week or so they have provided copies of manuals by post for machines of the early/mid 1980s. Constellation, Super Conny that sort of thing. They do not have the early machine manuals (Mark I,II and III). Perhaps they can help with manuals for the Crystal and any others you have?

Like you I have found no other mention of the Novag Crystal on the internet. Perhaps you can claim a "Rarity". 

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Christian,

Thank you so much for your offer! I don't really want to add one more heavy item to your load but if possible I will consider your kind offer. Can I contact those folks in English?
Also, would they have the details for a koffer for the Tasc (computer + board + pieces + A/C adapter + manual) on file or would I need to provide for them?

Great news that you're moving to this side of the pond! You'll be closer to me. Maybe one day we can meetup? How about planning for a "chess computer convention" one day?

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Quote from: Ismenio on June 17, 2005, 02:36PM   

I'm afraid the shipping cost to the US would make a big difference.



Ismenio,

since I will be moving to Canada at September a suitcase more or less is nothing to me...

You should have a look at my Tasc in its fine case

I will email you a picture...

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Quote from: Mike Watters on June 17, 2005, 03:11PM   
I can try to find out something about the Novag Crystal if you know the approximate year it was first sold. Eric Hallsworth gives some information on just about all new machines in "Selective Search" and I have those magazines going back to the mid 1980s. So if anyone wants some background info Eric probably has, at least briefly, covered the machine.
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I don't have a manual, but the box mentions a 1990 copyright. By the way, I tried the computer. And it proved to be another of those weak machines that abounded at a time that not everybody owned his/her own computer.

Thanks in advance. Best regards,

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PS Before I forget, today I received a computer called Novag Crystal, which I can't find even once at Google.



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I can try to find out something about the Novag Crystal if you know the approximate year it was first sold. Eric Hallsworth gives some information on just about all new machines in "Selective Search" and I have those magazines going back to the mid 1980s. So if anyone wants some background info Eric probably has, at least briefly, covered the machine.

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Quote from: Endspielgott on June 17, 2005, 08:02AM   

Well Ismenio,

there is a small enterprise in southern Germany which makes nices suitcases. You just send them a sketch via email, and three weeks you receive a nice functional suitcase which contains boxes for chessmen, power adapter etc.

www.mountain-cases.de

It is not really cheap, but if you have something precious to store (or to transport), this is an alternative.

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Many thanks for the link Christian! I wouldn't mind getting a custom made case (koffer) for my Tasc. I will see if I can find something similar here in the States but if I can't find it I may have to check with Mountain Cases. I'm afraid the shipping cost to the US would make a big difference.

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Quote from: Dick Schneiders on June 16, 2005, 07:55AM   
I just realized that I never thanked you for your sending me the Novag printer cable.  It arrived just prior to our leaving on a two week vacation, and I misplaced my brain.
Thanks so much for your kindness.  I hope to be able to return the favor someday.
By the way, what does "Siepie" mean?  Our cats have mundane names like Nicole, Casper, and Zena. 
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Don't mention it, Dick! I don't often get the chance to help a fellow-collector with so little trouble.

By the way, Siepie is as no less mundane than Nicole or Casper, not to speak of exoting names like Zena!!

But if you insist, Siepie is the cat in a classical Dutch children's book called "Jip en janneke", written by Annie Schmidt.

It seems to have been translated into some twenty or so languages.

OK, so far about what little there's left of a scarce commodity called Dutch culture.

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tom

PS Before I forget, today I received a computer called Novag Crystal, which I can't find even once at Google.

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Quote from: Ismenio on June 16, 2005, 04:33AM   

Also, while we’re at it, what’s your solution for when you don’t get a computer with the box?



Well Ismenio,

there is a small enterprise in southern Germany which makes nices suitcases. You just send them a sketch via email, and three weeks you receive a nice functional suitcase which contains boxes for chessmen, power adapter etc.

www.mountain-cases.de

It is not really cheap, but if you have something precious to store (or to transport), this is an alternative.

Christian
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By the way, I sympathize with Dick. Our feline domestic friend "Siepie" sometimes also uses the chessmen as ersatz mice. But since they are only rather cheap chessmen, it doesn't worry me excessively.

Best regards,

Tom


Tom,

I just realized that I never thanked you for your sending me the Novag printer cable.  It arrived just prior to our leaving on a two week vacation, and I misplaced my brain.

Thanks so much for your kindness.  I hope to be able to return the favor someday.

By the way, what does "Siepie" mean?  Our cats have mundane names like Nicole, Casper, and Zena. 

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Quote from: Ismenio on June 16, 2005, 04:33AM   

I think it was Tom who made a comment a few weeks ago regarding problems with reed switches and not leaving the pieces on the board (auto-sensory ones) for a long period of time. Maybe some of us have one computer “on display” somewhere in our homes and I would like to know if you usually rotate them or what special care you are taking to preserve them. Also, while we’re at it, what’s your solution for when you don’t get a computer with the box?
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Yes, Imenio I'm the guilty one here.

After I'd had my CC Elegance on display for more than a year, I noticed the reed contacts responded poorly. I assumed the contacts had "taken over" some of the magnetism from the magnets in the chessmen - or had otherwise acquired a tendency to "stick".

These days, I still display computers. But if they're equipped with reed switches, I place "plain" chessmen on them (without magnets). I only use the dedicated chessmen when I really use them.

By the way, I sympathize with Dick. Our feline domestic friend "Siepie" sometimes also uses the chessmen as ersatz mice. But since they are only rather cheap chessmen, it doesn't worry me excessively.

Best regards,

Tom
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Quote from: Ismenio on June 16, 2005, 04:33AM   

Also, while we’re at it, what’s your solution for when you don’t get a computer with the box?

Thanks,

Ismenio


Well the solution is obvious - buy another one later *with* a box!! 

Since I also have some nice traditional chess sets, and a couple of chess tables, I have them on display and not any of my chess computers.  I do have to be a bit careful with which ones I display, though.  One of our cats has taken a real liking to my 1940's French Lardy Olivewood/Rosewood set.  The pieces have a scent that he likes, and he will sometimes, in the cover of darkness, take a couple of the pieces and hide them from me.

Storage for the chess computers without boxes is a bit of a problem.  Our old house has a series of wooden seats underneath the windows in our dining room.  The tops of the seats are hinged and underneath them is a lot of nice storage space.  I have been putting the non-boxed chess computers in there.  They are out of the way and I have easy access to them.  The pieces I put in plastic baggies and store them separately (with labels).

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I think it was Tom who made a comment a few weeks ago regarding problems with reed switches and not leaving the pieces on the board (auto-sensory ones) for a long period of time. Maybe some of us have one computer “on display” somewhere in our homes and I would like to know if you usually rotate them or what special care you are taking to preserve them. Also, while we’re at it, what’s your solution for when you don’t get a computer with the box?

Thanks,

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