Thursday, January 04, 2007

Wind Up Hard Drive

Engineering Johnson has applied his engineering skills to solving some of the problems I have been experiencing lately caused by the storm induced power outages. His first product is the Wind Up Hard drive, pictured above.

I understand he's hard at work developing a kerosene powered laptop and a coal-fired steam LCD monitor. I am particularly interested in seeing the cold-fusion wireless router he's working on......


At Thursday, January 04, 2007 1:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol ! :-)
A friend of mine bought a russian camera 10 years ago, we always asked him where to put the coal in it.

Finally it was not so odd :-)

At Thursday, January 04, 2007 11:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've developed a server that runs on HOT AIR.

All you have to do is plug it into a politician.

I'm not saying where!


At Friday, January 05, 2007 9:39:00 AM, Blogger Rivrdog said...

This could lead to a "dampfkomputer", or if a steam supercharger was used, a "dampfkompressorkomputer"


Here's a guy who put together a demonstration unit for a steam-powered generator:

Note the links there to build a wood-gassifier, which takes wood and turns it into charcoal and motor-fuel gas (these were used on a large scale in Europe during WW2 when petroleum products were scarce).

Years ago, in Popular Science, there was an article on a five-hp steam generator about the size of a standard city mailbox, or today's 60-gallon trashcart. It was sold in a kit, and was meant for export to developing nations.

Note that if you use a battery-inverter setup to provide your AC power, almost any source of 13.8 to 14.4 volt DC will do to recharge the batteries.

The cheapo tool places used to sell an inexpensive 55-amp DC generator powered by a little screamer 2-stroke motor. As I recall, these went for just over $100. It would provide a fast bulk charge to depleted storage batteries.


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