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It was with great enthusiasm I read your DIY BookScanner Instructable. I've started a new blog on making information available to the public and I've written a post that highlights your scanner and your website. I know you are very busy, but if you get a chance, check it out:
informationsshouldbefree.blogspot.com/2010/01/digitize-your-own-library-genesis-of.html On a different topic: I was especially fond of your emphasis on reusing and recycling and dumpster diving. Of particular interest was step #38 where you found an old camcorder. I too am very fond of acquiring old technolgy and salvaging parts. In fact, I have several camcorders awaiting their "autopsie". The problem I have is, after dissecting my first specimen I found that A.) it was very difficult to break in to and B.) I was dissapointed with the small number of salvageable parts. The back portion was very much like the inside of a VCR and I salvaged pretty much the same parts as such. I also saved the optics and a couple of stepper motors that controlled the zoom feature of the lens. Did I miss something of importance? Is there a "trick" to opening these guys up? After reading the fine details of your book scanner Instructable, I think you would be a highly qualified cadidate to write a few Instructables on dissecting some of the more common disposed electronics including old camcorders.
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