Casio CFX-200 Calculator Watch – A Super Tool – Mine Still Works Perfectly

Here is a picture of the Casio CFX-200 Calculator Watch. Though it is no longer in production, it is (or was) a phenomenal piece of equipment. I once used mine to calculate the volume of the pressurizer at the Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Plant.

The calculator is a full function math calculator. Here’s a partial list of what it can do:

  • Trig functions
  • Natural and base 10 logs; eX ; 10X
  • XY
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Metric to American conversions and vice versa
  • Ability to use constants
  • Six levels of parenthesis
  • And more

Want more?

  • It’s got an alarm with hourly chime
  • A stop with with lap timer. The watch records to one-hundredth of a second

All this for about $35, in 1986. As I recall. Might have been 1987. Not bad. Not bad at all. Well worth the cost, if it saved me from even one trip around a nuclear plant looking for a calculator. And it did.

Oh, the pressurizer at Conn Yankee; it was a right circular cylinder with hemispherical ends. Can’t remember the dimensions. Volume = (Pi * r2 h ) + 4/3 pi * r3. An easy calculation with this beast on my wrist.

While I had my Texas Instruments TI-59 with me (more of a hand held computer). I used the Casio.

The TI-59? That’s a subject for a future post. I used that for dosimetry and lots of other nuclear calculations.

Danger: When People Want To Talk

Everyone has problems. And when they do, many people seek out someone to talk to; someone who they can unburden themselves. The person who is asked to listen might be you. Should that happen, here is one way to handle it and protect yourself from being sued or arrested. That got your attention, didn’t it? Who me? Arrested for just listening. Yes.

These conversations will likely open something like this, “I’ve got a problem that I want to talk to you about, but you’ve got to promise that you won’t tell anyone. Won’t say anything.”

This is a danger signal. And a dangerous one. Don’t ever agree to it. What should you to do? Respond by saying, “Okay, I’ll listen and help if I can, but you must understand that if this involves danger to your person, sexual harassment, or illegal activity I will not remain silent. If you are in fear for your personal safety I will make it known to whatever authorities I think can best protect you. I will not remain silent in the face of illegal activity.”

You repeated yourself there at the end. Good for you. What you did was make your stance very clear. Now, there is no doubt as to where you stand and what action you will take if the situation warrants it.

You’ve told this person that you care, will listen, and help if you can, but you will take action if you are informed of illegal activity – or a physical threat. You have protected yourself because to be made aware of illegal activity – of a crime – and say nothing may very well be a crime.

Worse, your silence protects the criminal, not the victim. Do not confuse protecting the victim’s identity from public knowledge with protecting the victim from being preyed upon. Don’t worry about what your family will say, what the people at work will say, or what anyone will say.

You’re involved.

And you need to take steps to protect the victim. And yourself.

Consider what can happen to you should you conceal knowledge of a crime. Make no mistake, saying nothing means that you are concealing that knowledge.

This makes you complicate in the commission of the crime. You are now a part of the crime because your silence aids and abets the criminal; and further victimizes the victim.
Let’s say that you are told by the person involved that he or she is being sexually harassed. She, or he, thanks you for listening and for promising not to say anything.
So far so good, right?

Wrong. You are so very wrong. Keep reading for your nightmare scenario.

In a couple weeks who knocks on your door? The local police. That’s who. Why are the police visiting? Well your lady friend, or man friend, made a formal complaint and you’re named in it because you knew the harassment was going on and said nothing. The police want to why you kept silent. Why you did not tell them that a crime was being committed. Further, they want to know if you are involved in any way.
Now, you are being specifically asked, or should we say questioned? “Were you aware that so-and-so was being sexually harassed? Did you take any part in this? Why did you protect the criminal?”

And, “Are you aware that to conceal knowledge of a crime is illegal?”

You say, “I was asked not to say anything. I promised not to say anything.”

You go on and relate the conversation where you agreed to remain silent, and were informed that a crime was being committed. And in the process – admit your guilt.

What do you do now? Get a lawyer. When you do, bring your check book because they don’t work for free. This is the cost of silence. You will pay in dollars, reputation, maybe lose your job, may go to court, maybe jail. Not pretty is it?

These situations are serious; treat them as such. Always seek and to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Doing so protects them and protects you. Your silence is not golden, it’s cowardice.

Part Two Reputation Management Writing Your Response

Part One Reputation Management 11 Steps to Success

This Is Not Legal Advise.
It is your responsibility to obtain competent legal council.

Okay, it finally happened. Someone has published something that’s an attack on your reputation, that of your company, charity, or nonprofit.

  1. You must respond. Silence grants the point. When family and friends tell you not to lower yourself to “that level” or “not to roll in the mud with pigs” they are wrong. Your continued silence will be seen negatively. Even is situations as horrible as the school shooting in Connecticut. You must respond. After your response is published you can be quiet and stay quiet.
  2. Do not publish anything when you’re mad, angry, hurt, or otherwise upset. Rarely in life can absolutes like “never” be used accurately. This is one of those rare times. Do not respond when you’re upset. You must not start a “flame war.” That will become an unmitigated disaster.
  3. Make sure that your response comes from a kind, person who cares deeply about clients, customers, doing the right thing; from a professional. Having a lawyer do the writing is fine, but make sure it does not sound like a corporate speak.
  4. Should you need to apologize Scalesdo so without qualification.
  5. You are writing for the uninformed third person. The person who knows nothing about the situation, or only what was read or rumored about. Explain what you did to try to correct the situation. Do not use profanity, vulgar language, or be insulting.
  6. It is not required that you quote damaging material in your response. To publish again the material you are working hard to overcome may not be in your best interest.
  7. When multiple points are made against you, address them point by point. Do not ignore any of them, or people will wonder why. You do not want people supplying their interpretation, opinion, or rumor to unanswered points.
  8. Remember this copywriters trick: do not allow readers to draw their own conclusions. You tell the reader the conclusion that you want them to arrive at, believe, embrace.
  9. Proof read your response. This is absolutely critical. You must not publish misspelled words or typographical errors.
  10. Publish your response. Once published your response will live forever. You will not be able to change it in any way. So, be sure that its language is perfectly clear and understandable. Your response must be written so that it needs no explanation.
  11. If you use Twitter, or another site that only allows a limited amount of characters, you can upload your response to your website and link to it there.
  12. Be careful who you discuss this with. Only talk to people who you trust completely. There must be no media leaks from this conversation.

See Part Two Writing Your Response to be published on Day, Date, Time of Day.

Windows 10 December 2017 Scrolling Repair

The latest (December 2017) Windows 10 update inverted the scrolling on my trackpad.

Here’s a fix that works on my Lenovo Yoga 14

Open Settings -> Devices -> Touchpad -> Additional Settings -> Thinkpad -> Advanced Settings -> Scrolling -> Uncheck Invert Direction under 1 – Finger Scrolling and under 2 – Finger Scrolling. At bottom be sure to click Apply and OK.

Note: on a laptop with a small screen you may not see the Apply and OK buttens. If you don’t turn the display to see it in portrait and they will appear. Without clicking Apply and OK your efforts will not be saved.