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+ - University of Chicago receives Mystery Indiana Jones package->

Submitted by VanGarrett
VanGarrett (1269030) writes "Someone at the University of Chicago went through a lot of trouble to baffle a few people, with an old timey package addressed to Indiana Jones. From the article:

The package contained an incredibly detailed replica of “University of Chicago Professor” Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It looks only sort of like this one, but almost exactly like this one, so much so that we thought it might have been the one that was for sale on Ebay had we not seen some telling inconsistencies in cover color and “Ex Libris” page (and distinct lack of sword). The book itself is a bit dusty, and the cover is teal fabric with a red velvet spine, with weathered inserts and many postcards/pictures of Marion Ravenwood (and some cool old replica money) included. It’s clear that it is mostly, but not completely handmade, as although the included paper is weathered all of the “handwriting” and calligraphy lacks the telltale pressure marks of actual handwriting.

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+ - DIY remote control for a 1989 Magnavox television?

Submitted by VanGarrett
VanGarrett (1269030) writes "I've got an old Magnavox television, manufactured in 1989 (model no. RDP422PE01), and I'm in need of a remote control for it. More precisely, I need a power button that I can use without having to get out of bed. While I realize that the obvious solution is to replace the television with something from, perhaps, a decade that we all remember more clearly, I'm not in a position to make that sort of an investment, and far be it from me to pass up a chance to build my own unnecessary convenience. A few Google searches have been less than helpful in finding any technical information that I could conceivably use, so I turn to Slashdot, to seek advice. So, does anyone have any ideas?"

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"

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