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I posted this at NGRM too, I thought it was important to post it here too.
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I finally broke down and bought the Gazette Archive on DVD. I was hesitant due to the fairly large expense and since I couldn't get a straight answer on whether I could use the files on my iPad. I did ask Bob Hayden, who sells the archive, by email, if I could transfer the files to the iPad. The answer was 'you can output pages as PDF files'. Well, that's pretty vague, but I thought I could probably do the deed.
The good news is that the magazine issues can be output as PDF files. I was afraid that I would have to assemble each issue as pages, but the process turned out to be quite simple actually.
The magazines are displayed in an application that will install and run only in a Windoze or Mac environment. So, I installed the software. Be careful, the minimum screen resolution is an odd one, larger than older machines max of 1024x768. I didn't notice this limitation and I see no real reason why it would have been done. I suspect the author of the package didn't care about older machines since that resolution would be just fine for magazines. Anyway, after cleaning off an old XP machine and installing, and then discovering that the software didn't work, I read the specs again. An install on my Win8 machine (I hate Win8) I had a working application. I only use the Windoze machine for backups and running my Silhouette cutter.
Opening the application and selecting an issue for viewing (if in full screen display) allows the issue to be opened in a PDF package. The PDF app I use on the machine allows saving the file, so I'm home free. Given enough remaining life-time, I will be able to save all the issues. So far I have saved about 40 of 239 issues.
I then copied the files to a memory card and put that memory card into my Sandisk Media Drive machine. This little magic box allows saving files from the iPad, to the iPad and reading files on the iPad, all while optionally attaching to the internet. Pretty neat technology.
So, I hope this helps someone else with the decision to purchase the Archive. I'm happy with it overall. It would have been much more simple to put a front end on PDF files to begin with, but oh well... at least Mr. Hayden got the job done and we can read ALL the issues conveniently.

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Some links... The usual disclaimer, I'm just a satisfied customer.

Bob Hayden's site:

http://bobhayden.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=102



The Sandisk Media Drive Wireless Hub:

https://www.sandisk.com/home/mobile-device-storage/connect-wireless-media-drive



Image from the 'net.

I bought the 32 Gig Media Drive because of price and storage. I can carry as many memory cards as I want and have unlimited storage on the iPad. The little machine can stream multiple streams to multiple machines. It has 32 Gigs of internal storage and a standard card slot for memory cards. There is a 64 Gig version too.

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I bought the disks also-- but don't have the brain power to figure what all that other talk is about.

I look at the pictures, and read the words.

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Sorry... I had to learn to live with an iPad so I don't have to carry the laptop on our required medical trips. I was forced into finding larger storage since Apple saw fit to limit the machines for some reason.

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Nothing to be sorry for, Ken.

I have a large stack of the paper magazines, so I dithered a while wether to spend the money--but since I was missing quite a few at the beginning-and also the end, when conditions dictated that the subscription was an expense that had to go, I decided to spend. Now, if someone would come up with an index by subject--that would be extra neat. I find that the search function is a little klunky--but that might be just me.

A worthwhile purchase IMO.

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Herb,
I have found that the search is fast if all the files are loaded on the hard disk.

This index seems to be good.

http://trc.trains.com/Train%20Magazine%20Index.aspx?view=ViewMagazine&magazineId=3

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Ordered mine last night! Can't wait until they get here, another couple of weeks lost to reading...

I collect rare numismatic books, and most lately, narrow gauge and modeling books. One of the coin clubs I belong to in the coin world, has their entire collection of journals archived on a DVD, that you get when you join up. A great resource, as it takes up so much less space and the best part is, it becomes searchable, so looking for an article from 10 years ago is quick and easy. I do prefer to have hard copies when reading, but am having to limit myself on how many books and journals I can have due to space, I have almost a full 10x12 storage unit full of primarily rare books from my libraries of coins, space, music, and F1 racing. Adding train books to the mix isn't helping as a lot of them are huge!

I've been getting the old Railroad Model Craftsman and Model Railroader only if they are in the hardbound year sets now. I already have a lot of the NG&SLG in hard copy this disc should make searching them much faster than trying to remember where a particular article is.

Looking forward to the mail going fast this week!

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Hi Chriss

Space, music, F1 racing & TRAINS !

A great way to fill shelves, If you ask me.

:moose:

Si.

Do you think Rosberg can pip Hamilton to the World Championship this year ?

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Well great news, Bob Hayden package showed up today, just under 3 days from when I ordered it! Thanks Bob! Copying all the files onto the PC drive as I type. Looking forward to going back to the beginning and catching up on these. I have only a few sporadic issues I've picked up in mixed magazine deals off eBay. Loved the writing style and contents enough to order the complete archive and subscribe to NG&SLG, plus pick up the few back issues to get a complete set of them to present.

So far the quality looks great, recommended to anyone thinking of ordering one of their own. :2t:

Chriss

Last edited on Thu Aug 18th, 2016 01:48 am by Chriss H

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Si. wrote:
Hi Chriss

Space, music, F1 racing & TRAINS !

A great way to fill shelves, If you ask me.

:moose:

Si.

Do you think Rosberg can pip Hamilton to the World Championship this year ?


I'd like to see that, but I don't think it's likely. My favorite drivers are Jenson Button, and Kimi Räikkönen in todays F1 world. In the past I was a big fan of Heinz-Harold Frentzen, Mika Häkkinen, and of course Michael Schumacher. I photographed F1 at most every year they were at Indianapolis, haven't been to the Austin race, and I live just up the road (about 2 hours) from the track. Cost is just gone through the roof to attend, plus the sound isn't the same and I can see more on TV anyways.

My other hobby is astrophotography, I run two local observatories in Texas and one remote in Australia. This hobby is really a black hole of funds, but I enjoy it never the less. The three telescopes I use could easily have purchased a Lamborghini or modern Ferrari. :shocked:

Chriss

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Hi Chriss.

Good to hear the Gazette DVDs have arrived & are good.

My start in U.S N-scale as a kid, was based on very little actual info.

20 years latter, my fav. train-store in London (now closed) got the Gazette in for me for a few years.
This was during what some would say was the 'golden-era' of the magazine.
I was hooked on U.S N.G for LIFE !

Now of course we are all totaly spoilt with the MASSIVE resource of the W.W.W.
Freerails ROCKS !
& I haven't bought a magazine in 10 years.

:moose:

Si.

I was greatly entertained by both Jenson & Kimis championship years !
I am still a big Kimi fan & was not surprised to hear he got the 'fans vote' of fav. driver by some margin; although a very media-shy, unglamorous character !
I liked watching the races at Indy.

Got a great shot of the moon the other night...
...Lumix u4/3rds with Tamron 200mm f2.8 + TWO 2x teleconverters.
Not bad for an amateur !

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I had a tiny Graham Hill driving my F1 slot car in the '60s, and Jimmy Clark was a hero of mine. I haven't watched much F1 since he was killed.

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Love to have the Archive but the postage charge to Europe...killer....

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Golly gee, I sold all my old Gazettes years ago. Got a very nice chunk of change for them and promptly spent it all on train stuff, groceries, and utilities. Now I wish I had more to sell!

Woodie

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Woodie,

I did the same, back about 2000, sold all my issues from the 70's & 80's, for decent money.

With the archive DVDs available now, I doubt one would get as high a price, per issue, now.

I just bought my copy, arrived 3 days after ordering (even though my order, on Bob's website still shows "Awaiting Shipping" :)

NOTE!! After installing the initial executable program, I opted to load all issues onto my hard drive. Got disk 1 done, but upon inserting disk 2, was told it was wrong disk. I checked the contents of disk 1 and disk 2, they were identical. My disk 2 was mislabeled. A email to Bob brought s response the next day, stating a replacement disk 2 was on it's way. Should be in mail box when we get home tomorrow.

In the meantime, I connected my Android tablet to my comp, and copied the earliest 12 issues to it, to take along to daughters for the Christmas visit.

So, all in all, except for mislabeled disk, ti=totally painless transaction and setup. Well worth the price.

Jim F 


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