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    On the first I am heading down to San Mateo and San Jose for the Maker Faire http://www.makerfaire.com/ . My friend is setting up a booth with some stuff to sell so I am going along to help out.

    Is there anything worth seeing? Any place where I can find goodies?

    My friend runs a place called Surplus Gizmos (http://www.surplusgizmos.com) and we are also looking for goodies for resale so if anyone knows of any good sources...

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    San Jose has the world's best surplus yards -- all the stuff left over from the fabs. I have a couple of favorites I visit that I'll PM you...
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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    • #3
      The Tech Museum in San Jose is neat! I once finagled my way in there to the E-Bay/PayPal corporate Christmas party. There's all sorts of interesting exhibits. Probably not as good as the surplus places but I'm not an expert on the latter.

      --Cameron

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      • #4
        lazlo, would you mind sharing to all? I know of Triangle Machinery & Tool at 1051 Commercial Ct. in San Jose. Are there others?
        Thanks,
        Gene

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        • #5
          lasquad?

          Is there any place to take the place of the long lamented LASQUAD metals?

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          • #6
            Triangle Machinery has shrunk big time from what I understand. I went there last year coming back up from LA when I bought my 10EE. A lot of the stuff there was apparently on consignment with a guy that the friend I am going down there with. Apparently they guy at triangle decided to scale down so the guy pulled all his stuff and my friend is buying it for resale in his store.

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            • #7
              I gotta say I was less than overwhelmed with the tech museum in San Jose. Its mostly videos, and big snazzy graphics, and hardly any actual objects. I guess they figure real computers would be boring to look at. They have a couple of em in the basement, but the vast majority of the place is sort of a photoshop wet dream.
              I prefer actual old junk, made by people, to all that groovy interactive "learning".

              I went by Triangle a few years ago when I was down there working on a job or two- and I wasnt very impressed.

              I am told there is a real museum of computers a few miles away- I think its in Mountain View- that I think is probably a lot better than the tech museum.
              http://www.computerhistory.org/about/

              Good vietnamese food. Good Mexican food. Good japanese food.

              There is a really wacky Egyptian Museum in San Jose- it was put together by the Rosecrucians, whose religion says they are somehow descended from ancient Egyptians, so during the teens and twenties, they funded actual digs in Egypt, and brought back all the stuff they found.
              They built this amazing Egyptian style architecture museum, with lots of papyrus growing on the grounds, and inside there are actual tombs, and all kinds of 4000 year old stuff- wooden toys, cloth, mummies and ceramics- a lot of things you would not think could have survived, but did, somehow.
              http://www.egyptianmuseum.org/visit/index.html

              If you are into blacksmithing, my friends Nick and Jean, some of the best smiths on the planet, did a series of amazing grilles and fences for the light rail in San Jose- Forging on a massive scale.
              http://www.whitesavageandlyle.com/
              then click on VTA Light Rail.

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              • #8
                The Men of Hendy--------------Sunnyvale, mile or two west of SJ on Camino Real. Ol'Josh new how to run a shop, from gold ore stamps to massive engines for WWII Liberty Ships, to Westinghouse electric boats to Northrup- Grumman.

                Company museum at 401 E. Hendy Avenue, Sunnyvale. 408/735-2020 for appointment and museum guide, or [email protected]

                Pull up: www.geocities.com/alkol6/


                G

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                • #9
                  let's not forget the Winchester House in SanJose, worth a look if you've never been. www.winchestermysteryhouse.com
                  Fun to check it out.
                  RV
                  grumpy old fart
                  www.wirewerkes.com

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by macona
                    On the first I am heading down to San Mateo and San Jose for the Maker Faire

                    Is there anything worth seeing? Any place where I can find goodies?
                    I'm sure your friend is aware of:
                    http://www.halted.com/
                    not a bad stop for electronics stuff, most others have gone away.

                    If you need to see a warehouse full of machinery, call Gary at 510 453-0513. He's across the bay, maybe 15 miles. Will talk you deaf, dumb and blind. He has ~50,000+ sq ft of stuff. MIGHT be some deals, don't plan on it, but a lot of stuff.

                    Dave

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                    • #11
                      Jerry, I'm right near GG Park and Ocean Beach. I'm often around if you wanted to call and stop in for a garage visit. If you don't still have my contact info from when I got the Miller parts from you drop me a line and I'll send it to you again.

                      cheers,
                      Michael

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                      • #12
                        Do you know the way to San Jose? I've been away so long ....

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                        • #13
                          Xerox PARC gives tours. They are just across the bay in Palo Alto. The Lawrence hall of Science in Berkeley at the National Lab is a bit of a drive but always interesting. Even better is if you can get a tour of the accelerators. I once visited the Fairchild fab in Mountain View and came out of there with a shoe box full of floor sweepings. More diodes and silicon transistors than I could count, many unlabled.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ries
                            I gotta say I was less than overwhelmed with the tech museum in San Jose. Its mostly videos, and big snazzy graphics, and hardly any actual objects.
                            The San Jose tech museum is OK. They do have a couple of racks from Eniac there, and some old IBM punch card machines.

                            I hear the [cough, cough] Intel Museum is nice Seriously, it's pretty cool if you want to see the dies and wafers from the old 4004's, 8080s, etc.
                            Edit: forgot the address -- it's in the ground floor of RNB (the Robert Noyce Build) on Mission College Blvd. You can see it from 101 -- take the Montague exit.

                            Originally posted by trains4
                            lazlo, would you mind sharing to all? I know of Triangle Machinery & Tool at 1051 Commercial Ct. in San Jose.
                            I'm not sure I should be publically posting my secret stash...

                            Like others have said, Triangle Machinery has been pretty sparse lately.

                            For neat electronic stuff, including an excellent stock of servos, steppers and ballscrews, there's Halted on Ryder Street. Last time I was there (about 3 months ago), I picked up a BlueTooth hardware developers kit with the USB board and all the legitimate developer's software for $20. They also had a really pristine Rockwell hardness gage for $400, but it was way too heavy to bring back on the plane.

                            The WeirdStuff Warehouse on Caribbean Drive is really cool -- they have a lot of cheap (below Fry's), new PC components. They also have a bunch of ex-fab stuff in the back.

                            Sequoia Surplus in Redwood City (a bit of a hike, but definitely worth it) has a fabulous stock of servos and steppers, including a ton of Maxxon (Swiss -- the best) motors in near mint condition. They also have weird stuff -- the last time I was there they had a surplus torpedo
                            Last edited by lazlo; 04-29-2008, 02:47 PM.
                            "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Evan
                              Xerox PARC gives tours. They are just across the bay in Palo Alto.
                              Evan,
                              Is this the same Xerox location that gave us the mouse and GUI? I recall using a Xerox system in the USAF, server based, but very graphical, in the early 80's.

                              I'm pretty much a PC guy, so I sometimes wonder about the Mac guys claiming their invention of the mouse and GUI. I think Xerox was first, though not on a personal computer. Any thoughts here? (Just trying to get better informed. No dog in this hunt.)

                              Doug

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