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(Sly Oyster)   "A computer fit for the Amish"   (slyoyster.com) divider line 7
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7774 clicks; posted to Geek » on 26 Feb 2013 at 11:05 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-02-26 11:27:45 AM  
2 votes:
P-p-p-p-powerbook?
Skr
2013-02-26 11:26:04 AM  
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Nurglitch: This thread is kind of sad when the article makes exactly the point that the Amish aren't opposed to technology: just mindful of its impact on their lives.


Their buggies are already getting hit by cars, I'd wager technology has already made a large impact on their lives.
2013-02-26 04:35:11 PM  
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CheatCommando: Mad_Radhu: Mikey1969: Hey dipshiats, how do you compress the air? Happy thoughts? Yes there are manual air compressors, but I'd bet they aren't enough to power a shop full of tools all day.

They buy compressed air cylinders?

To be honest, I think they use windmills and watermills to drive the compressors. Some use diesel or even steam engines, as they had adopted belt driven tools years ago and it is fairly easy to belt drive a compressor and then feed the air to the tools.


This.  Even a small stream is more than capable of charging up a moderately sized compressed air tank with a good water wheel attached to it.  Larger water wheels, windmills, small engines, even hooking the horse to a wheel.  Lots of ways that are perfectly viable.

And don't kid yourself: compressed air tech has been around for more than 100 years, ever since people saw the power of steam and thought "you know what would be great? If having a burst pipe DIDN'T boil me alive and cut through my flesh like the sharpest blade ever."
2013-02-26 01:43:36 PM  
1 votes:
25.media.tumblr.com

Oh, 'tis a fine barn, but sure 'tis no computer, English.
2013-02-26 12:36:29 PM  
1 votes:

dittybopper: Burr: Mikey1969: Hey dipshiats, how do you compress the air? Happy thoughts? Yes there are manual air compressors, but I'd bet they aren't enough to power a shop full of tools all day.

They are allowed to use hydraulics...

OK, so you could hook a manual compressor up to a water wheel, and just let the thing run.  Tank would have a safety valve that when activated shut down the water source via compressed air piston closing off the sluice.  A separate valve would vent the piston when tank pressure dropped below some minimum number, piston would retract, and the sluice would open, causing the water wheel to turn and thus charging up the tank again.


Rube, is that you?
2013-02-26 12:35:23 PM  
1 votes:
I work in Amish/Mennonite country. It's weird talking to an 18th century dude only to have the conversation interrupted by a call coming in on his iPhone.
2013-02-26 12:17:47 PM  
1 votes:
I'll take eMachines slogans for $200 Alex.
 
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