Poort Miss Silvia was still laboring with the original brew system gasket that seals the portafilter against the body of the machine. After six years of almost daily use, a replacement was in order as it was prone to leaks.
I knew the old gasket would be difficult to remove but I had a few dental pick style tools ready. This is what it looked like after removing the diffusion screen:
You can seen a channel worn around the diameter of the gasket where it was crushed by the portafilter. The diffusion screen was badly grunged up and there’s a stained pattern of holes on the brass behind where the screen was.
The old gasket was hardened and brittle in spots. I wound up using a chisel at times to cut the material. Here’s the remains of the old gasket next to the new gasket:
The cheap Harbor Freight tools didn’t stand up to the job very well – the dental picks bent easily and the chisel was damaged too:
Once the old gasket was out I ran the machine before reassembly to make sure no old gasket material would be trapped behind the diffusion screen. I didn’t expect it to shoot a stream in a forward direction.
Getting the new gasket in was relatively easy and it was nice and squishy compared to the old one. I won’t wait six years to do the next replacement!
So I carelessly wiped clean my old iPad before copying all the photos from it. A lot of them did not exist elsewhere (transferred from a digital camera and then cleared the memory card), so I wanted to recover them. There was an iTunes backup of the iPad still on my Windows 7 computer, in a folder under c:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
Some paid software offered to make it easy on me, but to try and save about $25 I figured I would try another route. Searching on the net revealed that Apples stores the photos as individual files, but with different file extensions, which makes things easier. I mass renamed all of them in an old school DOS prompt command window with “REN *.* *.JPG”. Thumbnail view in Windows file explorer, sorted by size to try and get the photos generally grouped together, let me pick out what I wanted. Happy day! This ought to work on an iPhone as well.
As a youth I saw this advertisement in an old Dragon magazine and while I forgot the name of the game, the picture of it stuck in my mind for decades, particularly the clever tagline: Excommunication is a harsh sentence. Can you stand up to the Pope’s attack fleets?
Recently I ran into some scans of the magazine and I poked around to find the ad and did some more searching on the name of the game. Unfortunately, it looks like the game, “Imperial Earth,” was never produced.