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Ismenio,

I want to start taking pictures of my chess computers for the purpose of showing them, as you suggest.  Do you have any advice on what size of .jpg files I should use for this?  Any other advice on doing this so that they would be displayed well?

You said something about a "template" that you could provide to send you this information.  I am certainly a ways from getting this done, but is there anything I need to know about it before I start taking the pictures?

Thanks for the great suggestion and I hope Mike and others also will do this,

Dick Schneiders

Dick/Mike and those interested,

I am going to set up a "sample" page for you to look at. That will be just a "suggested” page so we can get something started. As for the pictures, I really like the ones from Tom and Alain’s site because they’re not big and you can see good details from them. I would say if we stay around 50Kb or less it should do it.

I’ll let you known when I have that sample page setup.

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Ismenio



Thanks, Ismenio.

I will get started on the pictures.

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Ismenio,

I want to start taking pictures of my chess computers for the purpose of showing them, as you suggest.  Do you have any advice on what size of .jpg files I should use for this?  Any other advice on doing this so that they would be displayed well?

You said something about a "template" that you could provide to send you this information.  I am certainly a ways from getting this done, but is there anything I need to know about it before I start taking the pictures?

Thanks for the great suggestion and I hope Mike and others also will do this,

Dick Schneiders

Dick/Mike and those interested,

I am going to set up a "sample" page for you to look at. That will be just a "suggested” page so we can get something started. As for the pictures, I really like the ones from Tom and Alain’s site because they’re not big and you can see good details from them. I would say if we stay around 50Kb or less it should do it.

I’ll let you known when I have that sample page setup.

Best,

Ismenio
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Quote from: Mike Watters on July 10, 2005, 04:23PM   




Now let's see.

3 different coloured SC2s, two colours of Excalibur Grandmasters and Mirages, various colours of Novag Magic Castle with either a blue box or a red box, a vivid Poppy coloured Fidelity 6 or plain brown, brown/yellow or green/white/black Phantoms, red/gold or black/silver Portachess, blue or brown Boris Diplomats, silver/black or silver/bronze Escorters, brown and grey MGSs......


Wow, Mike, what a magnificent list!  How did you ever come up with all of those?  I mean, it's not like you ...........

Ohmagod!!  Tell me it isn't so!  You've started your inventory list, haven't you?



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For a while I was also thinking about the “silver” Excalibur GM but again, I’m not doing it! I figured I would go crazy if I tried to get variations based on colors! I’ll leave that to you guys

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OK Ismenio I have the matter in hand.

Now let's see.

3 different coloured SC2s, two colours of Excalibur Grandmasters and Mirages, various colours of Novag Magic Castle with either a blue box or a red box, a vivid Poppy coloured Fidelity 6 or plain brown, brown/yellow or green/white/black Phantoms, red/gold or black/silver Portachess, blue or brown Boris Diplomats, silver/black or silver/bronze Escorters, brown and grey MGSs...... prattle.................................. blather.................................... gibber............................................................. ........................................................ 
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Quote from: Ismenio on July  8, 2005, 07:39AM   

Dick,

I have a different point of view. The way I see it, it would be “your” collection! It doesn’t matter that some already have the same model or models. You would be able to give the link to family and friends and they would see what “you” have
But like I said, that’s just a thought. The space is available to anyone who wants that.

I want to later on change the location of the site. Right now I do have www.chesscomputers.org registered but it redirects to www.ismenio.com/chess_computers.html if we did this, I would like to see something like: www.chesscomputers.org/dick , www.chesscomputers.org/ismenio and so on. I want to take my name out of there.

Also, you’re being humble here. I need to make an inventory of my collection and update the site with pages for the ones I have but are not up there but I think your collection is already impressive! I do praise anyone preserving them regardless of how rare a model is and you have added quantity and quality to your collection in a very short period of time

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Ismenio,

I want to start taking pictures of my chess computers for the purpose of showing them, as you suggest.  Do you have any advice on what size of .jpg files I should use for this?  Any other advice on doing this so that they would be displayed well?

You said something about a "template" that you could provide to send you this information.  I am certainly a ways from getting this done, but is there anything I need to know about it before I start taking the pictures?

Thanks for the great suggestion and I hope Mike and others also will do this,

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You’re right Mike. And I was actually looking (just looking!) at the recent Mephisto Phantoms on eBay that I’m sure you also saw. I think there were two in the past 4 weeks but I gave up on the idea of having every single Phantom model! (Though that was hard with only two models left)

For a while I was also thinking about the “silver” Excalibur GM but again, I’m not doing it! I figured I would go crazy if I tried to get variations based on colors! I’ll leave that to you guys

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By the way, I forgot to mention about that last one which was not working. It took me about 4 weeks but I finally got a refund from the seller and I did ask her to ask the owner about selling only the dust cover but he declined my offer


Ah. The hallmark of an experienced and determined collector Ismenio. Try to salvage something from the wreckage. Shame about the dust cover. Did you tell us what was wrong with the Phantom? I still have dreams of getting my all but dead Phantom back to life. The one that turns just one light on, to tease me.


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But I don’t need any more Phantoms... unless I find a 6124 and it happens to be a great deal


We haven't got a Mephisto Phantom either.

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I think it’s appropriate to revisit this “chess computer poem” by Mike a couple months ago:

.....you are in the mountains gazing up at a high peak, remembering that wonderful day you climbed it. Your friend suddenly asks you "why did you buy another Phantom on Ebay last night, even though you have two already".

You ponder for a while. Evaluate what drives you on. Finally you give the answer......"because it was there".

(Mike Watters – May 2005)


By the way, I forgot to mention about that last one which was not working. It took me about 4 weeks but I finally got a refund from the seller and I did ask her to ask the owner about selling only the dust cover but he declined my offer

But I don’t need any more Phantoms... unless I find a 6124 and it happens to be a great deal


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Quote from: Mike Watters on July  8, 2005, 04:42PM   

Ismenio

You know you can count me in on your idea as long as Dick joins in too.

Bad news Dick I think having an inventory at all makes you a "serious" collector. For me making a list was a moment of awakening with questions such as "Why on earth did I buy one of those?" and "Do I really need 4 Boris's?"

Mike


Mike,

With as many as you have, I would imagine that there would have been a few surprises.  I have only been at this crazy activity for 6 months, and even I was taken aback a couple of times. 

For instance, weird as it might seem, I had forgotten I had bought 3 Fidelity Phantoms - one Eyeball and two common 6100's.  The "extra" 6100 had been stored away and when I saw it, I was surprised.  I wondered, as you said, why in the world I had bought two of them.  Of course, I then remembered that the extra one was bought without pieces and without knowing if it worked or not.  The price was very low, but it still seems superfluous now. 

Are we loco?

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Ismenio

You know you can count me in on your idea as long as Dick joins in too.

Bad news Dick I think having an inventory at all makes you a "serious" collector. For me making a list was a moment of awakening with questions such as "Why on earth did I buy one of those?" and "Do I really need 4 Boris's?"

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Quote from: Ismenio on July  8, 2005, 07:39AM   

Dick,

I have a different point of view. The way I see it, it would be “your” collection! It doesn’t matter that some already have the same model or models. You would be able to give the link to family and friends and they would see what “you” have
But like I said, that’s just a thought. The space is available to anyone who wants that.

I want to later on change the location of the site. Right now I do have www.chesscomputers.org registered but it redirects to www.ismenio.com/chess_computers.html if we did this, I would like to see something like: www.chesscomputers.org/dick , www.chesscomputers.org/ismenio and so on. I want to take my name out of there.

Also, you’re being humble here. I need to make an inventory of my collection and update the site with pages for the ones I have but are not up there but I think your collection is already impressive! I do praise anyone preserving them regardless of how rare a model is and you have added quantity and quality to your collection in a very short period of time

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Ok, Ismenio, you have convinced me.

That wasn't difficult at all, was it? 

Perhaps you should start a new discussion with a proper title to see if others might be interested in doing the same.  If we can get others that want to do this, I would like to take pictures of my chess computers and have them displayed somewhere, with a short bio and wants.

I do think it is a good idea,

Thanks,

Dick Schneiders

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Dick,

I have a different point of view. The way I see it, it would be “your” collection! It doesn’t matter that some already have the same model or models. You would be able to give the link to family and friends and they would see what “you” have
But like I said, that’s just a thought. The space is available to anyone who wants that.

I want to later on change the location of the site. Right now I do have www.chesscomputers.org registered but it redirects to www.ismenio.com/chess_computers.html if we did this, I would like to see something like: www.chesscomputers.org/dick , www.chesscomputers.org/ismenio and so on. I want to take my name out of there.

Also, you’re being humble here. I need to make an inventory of my collection and update the site with pages for the ones I have but are not up there but I think your collection is already impressive! I do praise anyone preserving them regardless of how rare a model is and you have added quantity and quality to your collection in a very short period of time

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Quote from: Ismenio on July  7, 2005, 06:36PM   

You rock Dick! Congratulations!

This is just an idea but how about sharing your collection with others in your own web page?

I was thinking that Alain, Tom and others have their own site but some don’t have a presence on the web so how about having something like a “collector’s profile” on the site where anyone who wanted to could have their own page displaying their computers, something about them, the favorites, etc. You could also have a “wish list” with your email for visitors to contact you directly.

If there’s any interest on that just let me know and I can provide a template where anyone could send me pictures and information via email and I would put them on “your” page.

Best,

Ismenio




Ismenio,

When I first read this, my reaction was "yes, what a wonderful idea!".  However, as I thought about it, my feelings cooled a bit.  I don't have any chess computer, as of yet, that is rare or even unusual.  All of the ones I have, perhaps with a couple of exceptions, are in your collection and certainly are in one of the other collections you mention.  They all are already well represented in the various web sites dedicated to chess computers, and so there really isn't anything additional that my modest collection can add. 

Also, I still know far less about the details of these things, compared to you and the others that already have web sites describing their collections.

While it would be pleasing to see pictures of my collecton listed under my name, I can't see how that would add anything to what is already readily available on the Internet.

I wouldn't want this to get into a "mine is bigger than yours" comparison, as we male collectors are quite competitive, you know. 

What do you, and the others here, think about this? 

Dick Schneiders

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You rock Dick! Congratulations!

This is just an idea but how about sharing your collection with others in your own web page?

I was thinking that Alain, Tom and others have their own site but some don’t have a presence on the web so how about having something like a “collector’s profile” on the site where anyone who wanted to could have their own page displaying their computers, something about them, the favorites, etc. You could also have a “wish list” with your email for visitors to contact you directly.

If there’s any interest on that just let me know and I can provide a template where anyone could send me pictures and information via email and I would put them on “your” page.

Best,

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I think I found them all - they are scattered all around the house. 

I was surprised to discover that I have 42 of them already.  In late January I only had one, the Fidelity SC9 I bought new in 1982.

My wife was even more surprised than I was at how many there are! 

It was interesting to me that 25 of the 42 were made by Fidelity.  I am not actively trying to get every model made by Fidelity, as that would be a near impossibility with the rarity of a few of them.  However, it is my favorite company, so whenever I see one I don't have my mouth starts to salivate.

My favorite computer, though, is still the Novag Super Expert C with the thermal printer. 

Someone once told me that I would be a "serious" collector when I reached the number 50, so I am getting very close.

Maybe by next week......... 

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