[chbot] More - Contemplating the purchase of a (cheap) inspection microscope

Hadley Rich hads at nice.net.nz
Sun Sep 28 08:40:01 BST 2014

On 28/09/14 10:49, Mark Atherton wrote:
> USB implies proprietary driver rubbish from the manufacturer (Ever heard
> of a generic USB microscope device? Like a USB storage device?), so you
> won't be plugging the tool into any on-the-road computer just like that,
> and certainly not into anything but a 'doze job. Your microscope's
> lifetime will be defined by its driver, not its hardware. Your by now
> irreplacable (noone sells such small capacities any more may be your
> only hope of getting images out of it, if you're lucky enough to own a
> card reader still handling those historic esoteric flash cards.

The USB microscopes I've seen present as a fairly standard USB webcam so 
just work when plugged into a recent Ubuntu computer (I assume other 
distributions also but that's all I had at hand to test).



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