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Re:new acquisition
« on: July 31, 2005, 06:18AM »
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Quote from: Ismenio on July 30, 2005, 06:09PM   

Congratulations Tom! Believe it or not that is one of my favorite computers!


Quote from: Overtom on July 29, 2005, 04:18PM   

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P.S. Within a few days I'm going to take some days off and I won't bother y'all for a while.


Don't even think of saying that! I very much enjoy all of your posts and I hope to see them again very soon!!!
Enjoy your time off.

Hmmm... I wonder which computer you take with you when you're on vacation 

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Ismenio,

Thanks for the compliment & your good wishes!

The family will go to Belgium, one of the few countries where we can speak Dutch, and where the food is reputed to be of Dutch quantity and of French finesse

The question which one to take with me has kept my mind busy too. Shamefacedly, I admit the first machine I was thinking of is a non-dedicated specimen: the Zire Cheapo with the Tiger Chess program. Its screen has a better resolution than any dedicated LCD computer. Besides, it has plenty of special levels, including ones that are weak enough for me to beat it

But you may be wondering if I'm also taking any dedicated machines with me. To be honest, as an arch-doubter (my name being Thomas, after all) I'm not sure which it will be. Several options have crossed my mind, such as:

a) any one of the Kasparov Express, Cavalier, etc family. They have the advantage of tangible chessmen. The disadvantage is that it's as good as impossible to discern whether LEDs are on or off in the sunlight. But just as some people carry an umbrella because of Murphy's theorem stating that it only rains when you forgot your brolly, it might be a good idea to pack one of these computers as an insurance against bad weather.

b) the Saitek Calculator. I'm sure I can beat it (from time to time). It's small enough to be taken anywhere. And ... it has sixty-four spare chessmen, so it won't be a problem if I leave a complete set of them buried under the sand at Oostende.

c) the Mephisto Maestro, weak enough to give me a sporting chance, and the only one with backlight, so that it can even be used it after sundown.

But as I said, I'm not sure, so at a last minute impulse a completely different one might draw my fancy.

Hoping to see you back in a good health in a few weeks, with best regards,

tom
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Re:new acquisition
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2005, 06:09PM »
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Congratulations Tom! Believe it or not that is one of my favorite computers!


Quote from: Overtom on July 29, 2005, 04:18PM   

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P.S. Within a few days I'm going to take some days off and I won't bother y'all for a while.


Don't even think of saying that! I very much enjoy all of your posts and I hope to see them again very soon!!!
Enjoy your time off.

Hmmm... I wonder which computer you take with you when you're on vacation 

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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2005, 04:18PM »
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Today I reaped another benefit of being a member of this priceless board. A German eBay member offered a Saitek Chess Calculator, but this seller obviously suffered from allophobia: only Germans could bid.

Luckily, a fellow member was prepared to serve as a proxy. So today another small computer was delivered to the Overtom Museum, quite a cute little machine, a definite asset to the collection:



With special thanks to Steffen and Ismenio and best regards to all,

tom

P.S. Within a few days I'm going to take some days off and I won't bother y'all for a while.
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