Monday, March 14, 2016

The Prodigal Hermes


Post-Script: Here's a close-up of the left front corner, adjacent to the space bar, where the two body halves had once been glued together. A small c-clamp will served to hold both halves together tightly, but it gets in the way of my left hand while typing. Yes, I could just wedge a piece of craft foam in the gap between the two halves, while typing, to keep it from rattling; and use a belt or strap while lugging the machine by its clam shell's handle for transport. But I'm really intrigued by the idea of removing the chassis and mounting it, naked, to a nicely finished base of plywood. What do you think?


And what do you make of the font style? I love it; another reason to keep the machine and try to make it more usable.

Photo via Lumix G5.

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Blogger Ted said...

Dooo Eeeet! Wooden naked H3000 will be awesome!

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful typeface! My vote would be to preserve the machine's blue boxy style - which I sort of love. Perhaps some strategically-applied Sugru could help diminish the rattle:

9:13 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Have you ever used hot glue gun for repairs like this? If the surfaces were flat, I would suggest industrial double-stick tape, A lot of it is used in auto assembly. I like the type font. It is somewhat informal, yet very readable.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Scott K said...

Keep that blue machine! I am itching to get hold of one. That blue is iconic of the 70's, and was a hint at the 'high tech' computers of the time. The most expensive of which came with that blue on its shielding.

The front part is lose as the clip that held that side down has broken off. This happens a lot on these, so don't feel too bad. The plastic just degrades, and when you try to remove it, it breaks - no matter how careful you are.

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea, especially since you have the woodworking skills. :)

7:08 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow. look at the carriage return lever. It looks like someone strapped a 9 iron to the carriage. This machine looks like it should have been on the movie 2001, a space odyssey.

8:49 PM  
Blogger DonN said...

Joe, I go for using it naked. You said it, not me.

6:53 PM  

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