One of the reasons I left. (I used to live in RI).
Biggest complaint: Idiotic handgun policies for law abiding citizens.
Biggest hassle: High taxes and auto insurance rates
Biggest disappointment: Them thar' politicos keep on makin' the same
mistakes and the dumb public keep on electin' 'em!
Oh, and don't forget the copious amount of salt/chemicals used to de-ice
the roads and eat away on our cars. Which brings us to COLD winters
that are far too long.
Other than that, it's beautiful country...
(It might be hot in the summer in TX, but that's why gawd invented A/C)
A 555 circuit is sophisticated???
You can buy time delay relays on the surplus market, but driving a
regular relay directly from a capacitor takes a huge capacitor because
the load resistance is so low, and time delay is proportional to R x
C. I'd use a 555 or quad comparator (339?) for everything, and you
should be able to make it activate automatically when you shut off the
key. In Nogales, USA, vehicle fleet owners favor hidden kill switches
to stop thieves from Nogales, Mexico.
Have you checked www.epanorama.net? Lots of electronics links there.
On Fri, 17 Aug 2007 19:40:19 -0700, larry moe 'n curly wrote:
Yup. I did this after I posted this post:
You know, I worked in Andover MA 27 years ago, in a building shared with
Raytheon. A lot of cars there, and there was a rash of burglaries in the
A guy I worked with who was really smart came up with a circuit very, very
similar to this one. I installed it in my '80 Corolla, took an end
connector from one of the units I was working on, put a key switch in it,
and a plastic cap and mounted it in the fender well. It worked quite well.
That's why I had asked about a 555 CKT.
How about a Doberman? A friend of mine finds no need to even lock his van
when his Doberman is in it. It won't even let me into the van without him
there even though it knows that I'm ok. Nobody gets into the van unless
they have either a bullet or a tranquilizer dart.
But most people don't know that, or won't take a chance.
I have a Boxer. He sounds real tough when someone knocks on the door,
and goes nuts when they ring the doorbell. But let someone in, and
it's, "Give me a biscuit, and I'll show you the safe."
That said, those who don't know him are very intimidated on the other
side of the door. Power perceived is power achieved.
Had it not been for my aversion to sticking ANYTHING on my Corvette, I
always kinda wanted that bumper sticker "The keys to my car are on the
front seat, next to my Rottweiler"
My Rotties always were partial to riding in the car. Last one I had
could get into the back seat of the LeBaron convertible without opening
the door or touching the side. One leap and he was there. Leave him
out in the parking lot sitting in it with the top down. He'd smile at
folks and they wouldn't come near or even park by my car.<g>
He was a lover, not a fighter, but at 110 lbs nobody knew for sure.
On 2007-08-18 13:23:48 -0700, Unquestionably Confused
Or wants to.
We used to own three Mastiffs. The male topped 217 pounds.
They were as gentle as kittens, but were given a wide berth when we
Many dogs were "gentle as kittens",up to the day they attacked small
children or adults and killed them. Even family members.
There's no telling what will set off a dog.
It could be a innocent movement,a smell you have on you,a noise you make.
That's just plain bullshit. Not only have I been around dogs in the
family my whole life, but also volunteered at a local SPCA. In the two
years there, along with the rest of my life, I have never come across a
dog that was "gentle as a kitten" until they "snapped". Attacks come
from one of two conditions: Either a provoked animal (even the tamest
dog will revert to self defense when threatened enough) or an abused
animal (think pit bulls, trained for fighting, or a Golden that is
Owner negligence is often the root cause. If a dog hops a fence and
bites a kid, the owner is negligent. The fence was insufficient to keep
the animal in.
Even the "fighting breeds" are quite capable of being very tame, lovable
animals. Some of the nicest dogs I have been around were Pits and
Rotts. They were from clean stock (not bred from attack or fighting
parents) and brought up in loving homes.
Dogs generally look at people as higher than them in the social order,
and make every effort to please.
Cats, on the other hand, do not like you, and are waiting for you to die
so they can eat your eyeballs... ;-)
Joe - Registered Linux User #449481
"Hate is baggage, life is too short to go around pissed off all the
And come up with a Cheap-Ass alarm. I don't want the
expense of installing a real alarm, but I want something.
"Josh S" wrote:
You need an engine disabler. Alarms just disturb others.
You could install an engine enabler. Insert a normally
open pushbutton switch in the line from the ignition
switch to the starter solenoid. Mount the new switch
in some inconspicuous place such as under the dash.
You will have to press the pushbutton while turning the
key to the start position to start the car. Unless a
car thief knows about the pushbutton, he can't start
the car by breaking the key lock. He can't even start
the car if you leave the keys in the ignition.
Like I said in another post, I don't think they're after cars, they're
after wallets, electronics, etc. They've been into almost 100 cars in the
last three months.
I want to hear it so I can have them meet my Louisville Slugger...
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