View-Master Model D Part 2

Received the View-Master D today and the only negative I can say about it is that the old batteries were still in it and were on the verge of leaking. No actual damage though and everything else is in great condition. The box itself is worn but I already knew that and wasn’t as interested…

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View-Master Model D

Well, “accidentally” purchased a Model D View-Master from eBay yesterday. These seem to be the most sought-after units yet it didn’t cost nearly as much as some of the sites on the ‘Net are selling them for. It was not exactly obvious that it was a Model D at first, although after purchase I noticed…

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View-Master Model C

So, a mistake on my part. The model E and later apparently come apart reasonably easily and can be cleaned that way. However, the earlier models are riveted and require more finesse. Assuming everything is intact and just in need of cleaning, a plastic pry tool can be used to remove the metal “keepers” from…

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View-Master Model E

Over the last couple of years I’ve been buying a few View-Master items as time permits. I have one of the old Bakelite types from the 50’s to 60’s and another of the red, white, and blue from the 60’s. The older model E was somewhat grimy so I finally summoned enough courage to disassemble…

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Mac X High Sierra and exfat

So, Mac OS X has exfat file system support built in. I spent about an hour trying to repair and otherwise fix my nearly full 2TB external drives before I decided to simply wait. Turns out if you have lots of files, it takes Mac OS X a long time to parse through them all….

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Ubuntu and Steam

Steam was giving several errors when attempting to install relating to c++ / gcc. Try this from Steam’s forums… http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/0/350542683198244989/

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LinApple and Xubuntu 17.10

bzip2 -d to Working folder, followed by tar xvf switch to Working folder and src folder make should first return sdl error sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2-dev (may also need libsdl2-dev) sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev sudo apt-get install libzip-dev Other libraries may be necessary but these seem to fulfill the needs on my system (I allow…

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VLC Audio okay but no Video in Xubuntu 17.10 amd64

(this probably applies to various other distros as well) Reinstalled Xubuntu 17.10 and found that VLC (VideoLAN) playback for at least 1 MKV file was resulting in audio only with no video. One possible resolution: Go to Tools -> Preferences and enable Advanced. In the resulting tree, go to Video -> Output Modules then select…

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CentOS 7 and WebTrees 1.7x

So I finally started getting the new web server up and running with CentOS 7. First step once running was to install a LAMP configuration (php7.1) and to get WebTrees running. Rather than hang WebTrees directly off /var/www/html/webtrees or similar, I chose to place it at /var/www/wt. I basically unzipped it into a working directory…

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