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Message 1283948 - Posted: 15 Sep 2012, 7:36:28 UTC
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Before this thread (that I wish was a whole forum on these boards...) goes by the wayside...

I have been planning for some time to build myself one of these.



It's known as a "RepRap". It is an Open Source 3-d printer. Basically it "prints" three-dimensional plastic parts with some minor limitations.

As someone who is a seasoned "hacker-maker", this is a natural next step in giving myself the ability to make much needed parts for various projects. This will give me what I need to make precise enough parts for my projects to take on a whole new level of professionalism.

In addition to being a tabletop plastic part maker (both ABS plastic and standard plastic), these things can be modified to print circuit boards among other things.

And most importantly, these self built and setup machines are humanities first "self-replicating" machinery. Currently they are built with metal rods, stepper-motors, some electronics, and plastic parts manufactured on existing repraps.

As the repraps Open Source abilities and parts base are expanded on, these machines will be able to produce a higher and higher percentage of their own parts. Many parts designed by the community fall under the GPL and are shared with everyone, as well as all technologies worked on by the RepRap Team. I am excited to get in on this now. Tonight I ordered my stepper motors. In a few weeks I'll buy all the necessary electronic components and power supply, and then finally purchase the plastic build parts and a bunch of threaded and non-threaded metal rod. This will be my winter project and by spring I plan on having my first reprap up and running, and using it to make parts for a second, better reprap unit.

Self-replicating. I like it. And I'm happy to have finally ordered my first (and most expensive) parts for this build.

To really see one in action check out this YouTube vid.
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Message 1289482 - Posted: 29 Sep 2012, 20:40:01 UTC

Weren't these tested before general release?

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Message 1289502 - Posted: 29 Sep 2012, 21:21:14 UTC - in response to Message 1289482.

Weren't these tested before general release?

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The ones Apple saw no doubt were, however I suspect most of the millions needed for public distribution weren't assembled with the same attention to detail. Also I know from experience that manufactures supplying parts often change the specs without and reference to the customer. Happened to my company twice on extremely important components.
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Message 1290523 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 2:24:02 UTC

Will this happen? If so, when?

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Message 1290798 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 16:10:50 UTC

Just so everyone knows that XP service pack 2 is no longer supported as of July 2012.

I had to replace my hard drive in the P4 and after insatlling the OS I went to update at the MS site. No go. you need sp2 and sp3 to be able to talk with them.

After many frustating attempts I was able to download SP 2 and SP3 and was finally allowed to get the latest updates.

So if you like XP do a backup.

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Message 1290800 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 16:14:06 UTC
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Full support for XP ends on 8th of April 2014

See here http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?ln=en-gb&c2=1173

Expected end of support days for current Windows products

Windows XP April 8, 2014

Windows Vista April 11, 2017

Windows 7 January 14, 2020
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Message 1290803 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 16:18:48 UTC - in response to Message 1290800.

Full support for XP ends on 8th of April 2014

See here http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?ln=en-gb&c2=1173


Id better get another hard drive and do a backup then.
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Message 1290804 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 16:20:24 UTC - in response to Message 1290803.

Full support for XP ends on 8th of April 2014

See here http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?ln=en-gb&c2=1173


Id better get another hard drive and do a backup then.


Remember after that date there will be no more security updates etc.. So XP could become a hackers paradise!!
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Message 1290806 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 16:27:03 UTC - in response to Message 1290804.

Full support for XP ends on 8th of April 2014

See here http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?ln=en-gb&c2=1173


Id better get another hard drive and do a backup then.


Remember after that date there will be no more security updates etc.. So XP could become a hackers paradise!!


Thanks a lot for that news Bernie:) Wait, isnt Windows a hackers paradise anyway?
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Message 1290809 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 16:31:32 UTC - in response to Message 1290803.

Full support for XP ends on 8th of April 2014

See here http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?ln=en-gb&c2=1173


Id better get another hard drive and do a backup then.


Create an XP Update folder, put sp2/3 in it, create an .iso image of your XP installation disk & put that in the folder. Then download this: -

Nlite

Use it to create a slipstreamed XP SP3 disk.
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Message 1290821 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 17:05:47 UTC - in response to Message 1290806.

Full support for XP ends on 8th of April 2014

See here http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?ln=en-gb&c2=1173


Id better get another hard drive and do a backup then.


Remember after that date there will be no more security updates etc.. So XP could become a hackers paradise!!


Thanks a lot for that news Bernie:) Wait, isnt Windows a hackers paradise anyway?

Well yes but at least at the moment they attempt to fix things!!
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Message 1290862 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 18:44:22 UTC

I'd like to point out that when a Microsoft OS goes out of support, they do not cut off Windows Update access, nor do they pull updates from their servers.

When a Microsoft OS goes out of support, they simply stop writing fixes for it. I have been able to update Windows 2000 machines that I rebuild using the Windows Update service without issue.

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Message 1290874 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 19:00:41 UTC - in response to Message 1290862.

I'd like to point out that when a Microsoft OS goes out of support, they do not cut off Windows Update access, nor do they pull updates from their servers.

When a Microsoft OS goes out of support, they simply stop writing fixes for it. I have been able to update Windows 2000 machines that I rebuild using the Windows Update service without issue.

I realise that but there are are no NEW updates.
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Message 1290876 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 19:06:28 UTC - in response to Message 1290874.

I'd like to point out that when a Microsoft OS goes out of support, they do not cut off Windows Update access, nor do they pull updates from their servers.

When a Microsoft OS goes out of support, they simply stop writing fixes for it. I have been able to update Windows 2000 machines that I rebuild using the Windows Update service without issue.

I realise that but there are are no NEW updates.


Agreed, that's what I said.

I was merely pointing it out for people suggesting to keep a cache of updates on their computers which isn't necessary.

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Message 1291072 - Posted: 4 Oct 2012, 5:38:25 UTC - in response to Message 1290876.

I'd like to point out that when a Microsoft OS goes out of support, they do not cut off Windows Update access, nor do they pull updates from their servers.

When a Microsoft OS goes out of support, they simply stop writing fixes for it. I have been able to update Windows 2000 machines that I rebuild using the Windows Update service without issue.

I realise that but there are are no NEW updates.


Agreed, that's what I said.

I was merely pointing it out for people suggesting to keep a cache of updates on their computers which isn't necessary.

And, even if the updates were not available at all, at that time you will have worst issues than not being able to update it... Im sure, you will be forced to upgrade the OS due to the lack of drivers, or even lack of compatible apps...

On the other hand, I think that something like Win95 its nowaday more safe than any other MS OS... I doubt there is any hacker out there still looking for security issues on that OS...
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Message 1291137 - Posted: 4 Oct 2012, 12:08:52 UTC - in response to Message 1291072.

And, even if the updates were not available at all, at that time you will have worst issues than not being able to update it... Im sure, you will be forced to upgrade the OS due to the lack of drivers, or even lack of compatible apps...


No one forces you to buy new hardware or software that won't run on an older OS. It is a person's choice to do these things.

On the other hand, I think that something like Win95 its nowaday more safe than any other MS OS... I doubt there is any hacker out there still looking for security issues on that OS...


Gah.... just go back to using MS-DOS! Who needs a GUI? LOL :-D

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Message 1291173 - Posted: 4 Oct 2012, 13:36:02 UTC - in response to Message 1291137.

No one forces you to buy new hardware or software that won't run on an older OS. It is a person's choice to do these things.

Actually, I don't think that is a true statement. I'm thinking the hackers do force you to buy new software when the security patches for the old software run out.

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Message 1291175 - Posted: 4 Oct 2012, 13:41:29 UTC - in response to Message 1291173.

No one forces you to buy new hardware or software that won't run on an older OS. It is a person's choice to do these things.

Actually, I don't think that is a true statement. I'm thinking the hackers do force you to buy new software when the security patches for the old software run out.


You can choose to unplug yourself from the net to be more secure. You can choose to pay a network or security professional to keep you secure, as I did at my former job where they were still running MS Office 2000.

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Message 1291217 - Posted: 4 Oct 2012, 15:37:44 UTC - in response to Message 1291137.

And, even if the updates were not available at all, at that time you will have worst issues than not being able to update it... Im sure, you will be forced to upgrade the OS due to the lack of drivers, or even lack of compatible apps...


No one forces you to buy new hardware or software that won't run on an older OS. It is a person's choice to do these things.

Well, not literally forced, but things broke over time... sooner or later you will need to replace something in your computer and it wont be easy to find compatible replacements at reasonable prices...
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Message 1291226 - Posted: 4 Oct 2012, 15:57:17 UTC

And In my case that was true. Old hard drive versus SATA hard drive. Had to do a lot of adapting but the thing is running. And it was for me, At a reasonable price.

Computers are like airplanes. They can fly as long as you can find or make parts. But eventually comes the day when it just costs to much have them fly.
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