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  • EEVblog #331 – Mailbag

    Posted on August 10th, 2012 EEVblog 12 comments


    Another Mailbag.
    And it involves, well, Playboy magazine!
    Check out http://zeptobars.ru

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    • Vegard

      Why wouldnt you be able to sell the usb charger in australia without the ground pin? It says on the back it’s double insulated?

    • Worf

      That USB charger looks like it’s for an iPhone or something, except it looks a lot lower quality, oddly (it has the green dot, which is to do with a recall on an earlier model so they all have green dots now). So I’m guessing it’s a cheap ripoff adapter.

      When you do your teardown of it, compare it to the real thing – someone tore the real one down and found it to be of extremely high quality.

      See:

      http://www.arcfn.com/2012/05/apple-iphone-charger-teardown-quality.html

      He also tore down a crappy one for comparison

      http://www.arcfn.com/2012/03/inside-cheap-phone-charger-and-why-you.html

      Would be nice to see what you have with the real thing and how it fits in between the crappy ones and the well designed ones.

    • Bob LeDoux

      Check out the Cypres device carefully. Some parachuting safety devices use a pyrotechnic charge to “cut the cord.”

      • f4eru

        it’s probably the case here.

        The older xilinx spartans may be of use, older FPGAs have the advantage to need less power suplies and to be native 5V.

    • Ray

      What Special Edition of Playboy magazine (month, year, contries) had the mutimedia Martini unit?

      • http://zeptobars.ru/ Michail

        Playboy : June 2011, Russia
        Vogue: December 2010, Russia

        Don’t remember which had which advertisement. There is a chance that this martini one was actually from Vogue. Anyway, Playboy sounds better ;-)

    • Ian.M

      See http://habrahabr.ru/post/108921/
      (use Google Translate)

    • http://blog.mikucki.eu/ Mikuslaw

      I jumped several times with Cypress. I would love to see the teardown. Great!
      Btw. I takes about 100m to open the parashute, so 700feet should easily be enough… if it opens correctly.

    • Ray

      To Michail & Ian.M, thanks.

      The Vouge and Playboy advertisements were the same. It appears that the one for Vouge was exclusive to Russia but I have not found anything yet confirming the same for the one for Playboy.

    • James

      @4:28, notice it’s not a power adapter, it’s “Power A dapeer”.

      It’s also made in China twice!

    • Chris

      The Cisco cards with the edge connector and network sockets are plugin cards for enterprise-class Cisco routers. Neat :)