- Apr 14, 2021
Did everyone die?
Oh I read up in here about a year before ever joining, I seen a lot of drama and can only imagine what got deleted. I've noticed some very high horse's with people that don't really have a clue what they are doing, on their backs. I stay out of that fishing hole.There's a long history of drama on this forum... and that's putting it lightly
I seen some of that in my reading. Noticed there are some that just come to troll/argue.Many of the best members are driven out...
I like really fat straight beams in the 1000mw-2000mw range and spend way to much money on laser stuff... . Old projection screen tv's have lens that help to make some huge beams. I also like 100% duty cycle stuff that plugs into the wall the best....Only a couple of members / scammers were driven out, but I think most left due to the website format change and / or personal circumstances. To be honest the website used to be a lot more user friendly and intuitive. There was also a rep system which many liked, some for personal status, others for power and some for sales. Admittedly though the rep system, although I miss it as it helped a lot with my build sales, did cause a lot of issues - mates reping mates, groups neg reping others etc. On the positive side though it did encourage members to post a lot more and show their builds.
I ultimately fell off the wagon, because I moved house to another country and had a baby. Life is starting to calm down now, so Ill be checking in from time to time. I also still have a projector and some hosts, so maybe Ill offer a couple of builds for sale when I find some time.
Anyway I hope you are all well and I look forward to meeting everyone again soon!
We have laws here on power and usage as well. My city says no laser usage over 1mw in the sky closer than 5 miles from the airport. Pointing a laser at a cop or plane, etc, is a felony. I don't get the fascination with a burning laser. I have an engraver for that, although I am trying to do stuff by hand. Working out a bench system though, not a tiny handheld. I understand the laws, but never will the idiots. We are allowed to own whatever we want for the most part( no fusion lasers systems, sadly. they call that a WMD), just have to use it responsibly, or ya get nailed to the wall, and for good reason.The rep system was a very double edged sword to say the least.
One other thing that really had a major negative impact on the whole hobby was the restrictions on high powered lasers that many countries have put in place, mostly in the last 5-10 years. In the earlier days of the hobby it was for the most part a free for all.
Many more companies like LaserGlow, CNI, and DragonXasers used to have full lineups of high powered handhelds in many wavelengths. As costs decreased though, more and more people were able to afford high powered lasers and more idiots started pointing them at airplanes causing many governments to crack down hard, ending that sort of golden age of the hobby.
For me this was really the biggest factor that took some of the wind out of my sails. Here in Canada it is now illegals to possess any handheld laser over 1mW in any public space within 10km of an airport.
This, I think is also part of the reason people have dropped off. Its the 'More power, who cares about beam specs' in lasers. Chasing a more powerful laser beam.I like really fat straight beams in the 1000mw-2000mw range and spend way to much money on laser stuff... . Old projection screen tv's have lens that help to make some huge beams. I also like 100% duty cycle stuff that plugs into the wall the best....