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CED Digest Vol. 5 No. 42  •  10/21/2000


From: "The Libby's" <fiddy>
To: <>, "Tom Howe" <>
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 5 No. 41
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2000 13:55:32 -0400

I believe I have the Breakfast Club that you are looking for I will look for
it and get back to you if I find it . I have over 3000 disks so it might
take a while . I haven,t  done much with them sense I got out of the
hospital in July
I had my hip joint replaced and I am just getting around a bit . Keep my
e-mail address and if I don,t get back to you in a week or so e-mail me and
remind me again.    Harry Libby    in Maine

From: "john151258" <john151258>
To: <>
Subject: sft100 w video problem
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2000 21:52:22 -0500

I have this problem with my player. When I play my CED's i got this ghost vision 
of the movie no sound and a - - on my display screen. Can anyone out there help 
me with this problem?
Thanks john

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 10:36:51 -0400
From: "James M. Long" <jmlong>
Subject: Styluses (Styli?)

Zach -

Well, it's possible.  Sort of.  Being patient and looking through Ebay
turns up a few (usually 149000 or 154100) but they go up in price pretty
quick.  I found a seller through the CED classifieds on Tom's site that
sold me a few 154216 needles, but she just bulk-sold her remaining stock
through Ebay.  I found a Toshiba stylus at a yard sale, nobody really knew
what it was...

The most tedious method is to go through the very handy list of parts
sellers on CED Magic and enter the part number over and over.  I don't know
about the needle you are looking for, but it did turn up a couple of
sources for the 154216 for me (with widely varying prices - some people
know their worth, some don't).  Tom lists Fox International as being a good
source, but this does not seem to really be the case anymore.  Perhaps I am
just searching their site wrong, but I found nothing. 

One place (MCM) also had one on back order for me and I thought "oh,
sure... as if they'll find one" but then it arrived!  Maybe RCA still has
them, as Tom once mentioned, but dealing with them is like pulling teeth.  

Searching also works for other parts you might need - it is frustrating,
they are hard to find, but you never know - I was able to scrounge up a
reduction gear for my SJT 300 just by hitting the right supplier at the
right time.

Otherwise, the sad truth is: get while the gettin's good.  I am trying to
restrain myself and 'share the wealth' with all of the others that will
needles now and in the future, but I have to admit: every now and then I
put in an order for another needle whether I need it or not.  Just to be

Jim Long

James M. Long
Administrative Assistant
Parsons Laboratory
Cambridge MA 02139
617.258.8850 fax

From: "Guy Krause" <krauseg>
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 5 No. 41
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 17:49:03 MST

I have a service manual for my stereo players purchased from RCA (now a unit of 
GE), and it has been very helpful in troubleshooting the CED player. I would 
highly recommend getting a copy if you plan on doing your own maintenance work 
on these units.

Guy Krause

From: "Robin Allinson" <narziss39>
Subject: CED question
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 14:13:16 EDT

A question about CEDs: did this format ever present extra footage or alternate 
versions of movies (that might have been cut from a VHS release) like laserdiscs 
sometimes do? I have one CED, "nana," that I've seen in an uncut version on 
cable, but the American version on VHS cuts out several scenes.  Is there any 
possibility the CED version might have the missing/cut footage?  If there's any 
chance it does, I might try to make a dub onto VHS from CED (is this possible?).  
Any info you could provide would be most helpful.  Thanks, Robin

Date: 20 Oct 2000 22:29:39 -0700
From: Bill Suszynski <vidgameman2k>
Subject: Problem finally solved!

I would like to personally thank Tom for his help on getting my arm lever to 
work on my CED player. Took 3/4 of a clockwise turn on the screw, but it works 
perfect now!

I also was wanting to know if anyone out there has any extra Friday the 13th 
movies on CED. I have the first one, just need 2, 3, The Final Chapter and A 
New Beginning.

Thanks to all,

Bill Suszynski

Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 15:03:47 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
Subject: Free CueCat Optical Scanner to Catalog CED's

Hello All:

Some of you have used the CED Title Excel Macro available in the software 
downloads section to simplify cataloging your CED titles: One of the limitations of this has been the hassle of typing the bar code number from the back of each caddy into the macro, as few people have had access to a bar code scanner to automate entry. Well that changed a couple months ago when a company called Digital Convergence started giving away its CueCat scanner for free. You can walk into any RadioShack and ask for one along with the RadioShack catalog. Then they ring up a sale of $0.00. The motivation behind this is to use the scanner to swipe the general UPC's on products around your home as well as special bar codes called cues which the RadioShack catalog is full of. This scanner attaches to and is powered by the keyboard port of PC compatible computers, and the swiping action automatically launches the web browser and takes you to the web site for that product. Digital Convergence is making up for the expense of the free giveaway by selling the launch service to RadioShack and print publications like Forbes, Parade, and Wired. They are also using the scanner to gather demographic data, a practice that has generated controversy, as each CueCat scanner has a unique serial number that becomes associated with the email address used to register the CRQ software that comes with the device. You don't have to worry about registering the CRQ software if all you want to do is capture CED UPC's or other standard bar codes. But the output of the scanner is encrypted and has to be decoded before the CED Title Excel Macro will recognize it. A literal cottage industry has sprung up around this CueCat scanner, so decoding the output is easy to do with free third-party software. I've prepared instructions for doing this at the CED Magic CueCat page: --Tom


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