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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #100 on: December 23, 2013, 02:58:15 am »

Because I'm not in the UK. It ain't that easy here.
You forgot about the individual quotes bidder wants. Unless it's the same price everywhere which I doubt.

Over here, we have www.interparcel.com among others. Very easy to get quotes, you just need the package dimensions and weight, select the courier you want and you get the shipping price. (This is actually much easier to quote than trying to decipher Royal Mail's obtuse pricing). Nothing similar in Oz? If not, that looks like a decent gap in the market.

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Not if, as Mike pointed out, you have to be around for the pickup. I can assure you that here in Oz, the PO is much nicer option than a courier for the casual shipper.

Understood. Over here it's a bit different, I prefer to hang around for the courier dude because I'm generally in the office all the time and it's easier for me than driving the 4 miles to the PO. If I'm not there, I leave the package with a neighbour.

You might find you can get some pretty decent pricing with one of the couriers if you're sending lots of packages (uCurrents?) internationally, you also get an API for producing shipping labels. It might work out a bit more expensive than Oz Post, but it's much faster, fully trackable and much more reliable (uRulers?) in my experience. Of course I understand that your mileage may vary.

Back on topic - nice score!
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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #101 on: December 23, 2013, 03:07:02 am »
Over here, we have www.interparcel.com among others. Very easy to get quotes, you just need the package dimensions and weight, select the courier you want and you get the shipping price. (This is actually much easier to quote than trying to decipher Royal Mail's obtuse pricing). Nothing similar in Oz? If not, that looks like a decent gap in the market.

Yes, but it's not cheap, like $50-$60 minimum.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #102 on: December 23, 2013, 03:44:55 am »

nice score dave, any of the stuff you going to keep for yourself  like maybe the scopemeter ?
or was it primarily a business opportunity to shift it all on  ?

lol @ all the people trying to get cheap/free stuff
your like a bunch of vultures.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #103 on: December 23, 2013, 03:59:12 am »
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I agree, it's a bad cathode ray oscilloscope. The cathode ray tube sucks (due to being absent), only the oscilloscope part works. This makes it only a 33% working CRO. A Tek 465 would make a much better CRO.

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So CRO is theoretically an incorrect term, but so is calling your iPhone or Samsung S3 a mobile phone or cell phone, when it is more a portable personal wireless data communications and processing centre.

cheers,
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Yeah, and what about YouTube?
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #104 on: December 23, 2013, 04:04:27 am »
The last scene of the video reminded me of the last scene in Scarface but it would be solder paste instead.  :-DD
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #105 on: December 23, 2013, 11:14:50 am »
So CRO is theoretically an incorrect term, but so is calling your iPhone or Samsung S3 a mobile phone or cell phone, when it is more a portable personal wireless data communications and processing centre.
I know, but calling a recent DSO a CRO always sounds weird to me; it puts so much emphasis on the cathode ray. So I couldn't help pointing that out, sorry ;). A smartphone at least includes a mobile phone, even though that may not be its main purpose.

Yeah, and what about YouTube?
YouTube is a brand name. Wasn't there a Crow brand oscilloscope at some point? Did they ever sell a DSO with an LCD?
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #106 on: December 23, 2013, 12:08:48 pm »
My work colleague who is an electronics engineer is: Mr A Cro.

 - yep that's his actual name...  :)

 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #107 on: December 23, 2013, 01:22:08 pm »
I know, but calling a recent DSO a CRO always sounds weird to me

Australians think nothing of it. For those that have transitioned over to "scope" or "dso", "cro probe" is still a common term. You'll hear me use that a lot.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #108 on: December 23, 2013, 01:24:58 pm »
nice score dave, any of the stuff you going to keep for yourself  like maybe the scopemeter ?
or was it primarily a business opportunity to shift it all on  ?

1) Hobby / compulsion
2) I get a video out or two out of it
3) Shift for some profit.

I might keep one of each type, although hard to justify keeping a TDS3054. But I don't have a lab example of a colour DPO display, so it's useful from that viewpoint.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #109 on: December 23, 2013, 01:25:48 pm »
I am a Test Equipment Addict (TEA) - by virtue of this forum signature, I have now faced my addiction
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #110 on: December 23, 2013, 02:17:32 pm »
Why? Are too many people watching your videos??

Because the blog website is where the majority of my ad revenue comes from, so I need to provide an incentive for people to visit it more regularly. At present I'm not doing that, which is rather foolish.

I am not sure about others but I tend to watch the videos in youtube since it lets you watch in a "large" mode that has a bigger screen but does not take up the full screen. From the embedded clips on the eevblog website it does not have the option for "large viewer".
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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #111 on: December 23, 2013, 02:27:19 pm »
I am not sure about others but I tend to watch the videos in youtube since it lets you watch in a "large" mode that has a bigger screen but does not take up the full screen. From the embedded clips on the eevblog website it does not have the option for "large viewer".

It does. Bottom right corner - full screen [ ], and resolution change if desired.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #112 on: December 23, 2013, 02:35:22 pm »
Full screen (the [] button) is not the same as large (the rectangle button on YT). I agree that YouTube provides a better video viewing experience than the eevblog.com: larger video window, less excess whitespace around the video, easier navigation to previous/next/related videos. If I find an embedded YT video, I usually end up clicking the "YouTube" button bottom left to go view the video on their site. If you delay making them available on YouTube, then I'll just watch the video a few days later.

In my opinion the best way to drive more traffic to eevblog.com would be to post original content. Ideas for original content would be high-resolution photos of teardowns, as you sometimes post on Flickr, or text blogs to accompany the videos (like Gerry Sweeney).
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #113 on: December 23, 2013, 02:42:03 pm »
I am not sure about others but I tend to watch the videos in youtube since it lets you watch in a "large" mode that has a bigger screen but does not take up the full screen. From the embedded clips on the eevblog website it does not have the option for "large viewer".

It does. Bottom right corner - full screen [ ], and resolution change if desired.

In youtube there is an option for large player (a box, between the gear and full screen) next to the full screen (corner tabs). That option is not in the embedded version.

Edit: Just saw alm's post. I agree about adding the content to the eevblog site. Are there any metrics for the amphour's text that appears under the playback buttons?
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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #114 on: December 23, 2013, 02:48:36 pm »
In youtube there is an option for large player (a box, between the gear and full screen) next to the full screen (corner tabs). That option is not in the embedded version.

Then just click on the "Watch on Youtube" button and it takes you there.

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Edit: Just saw alm's post. I agree about adding the content to the eevblog site. Are there any metrics for the amphour's text that appears under the playback buttons?

Only a small percentage visit the amphour website. But that's the nature of the podcast beast.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #115 on: December 23, 2013, 03:02:59 pm »
Then just click on the "Watch on Youtube" button and it takes you there.
Why go to eevblog.com if you end up watching on YouTube anyway? It's not like it offers more information, better navigation/search or anything else youtube.com/eevblog/videos does not offer. Even the eevblog.com episode list has become quite useless since it only displays your most recent 500 videos. Visiting YouTube also gives access to new videos from other subscribed channels and whatever else the Google Pigeons think I should watch.

Only a small percentage visit the amphour website. But that's the nature of the podcast beast.
For the Amp Hour I occasionally visit the website to find a link to an item referred to in the podcast. Can't think of a compelling reason to visit eevblog.com outside of the forum.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #116 on: December 23, 2013, 03:17:18 pm »
Another thing which brings me to youtube is usually the way I find out that a new video was released is from an email that youtube sends out with a link to the video.

If there was an eevblog mailing list for new videos with a link that was sent out it might help steer people to the website. Especially if it is not published by youtube yet.

I know that there in the icon of a letter in the ways to "follow the eevblog" that opens a window to send you an email.
If you had a textbox that asked for an email so you can send out alerts for new videos people might sign up.

I know it is easy for me to say ideas since you are doing the work...
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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #117 on: December 23, 2013, 04:07:58 pm »
I might keep one of each type, although hard to justify keeping a TDS3054. But I don't have a lab example of a colour DPO display, so it's useful from that viewpoint.

DPO was novel and worthwhile at the time, but since world+dog now has intensity grading on all but their most toy-like scopes, I don't see it's anything special. Your Agilent 3000X is better, of course.

I'd flog it if I were you Dave. I used a TDS3034 every day for years, and it's a nice scope and very capable. As solid and as bug-free as any piece of kit I've ever used.

Just make sure you're prepared for the inevitable half-wit who claims it's not a good scope because it doesn't have "enough" memory...

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #118 on: December 23, 2013, 09:15:48 pm »
Only a small percentage visit the amphour website. But that's the nature of the podcast beast.

I visit weekly to check out the podcast-associated links. Maybe that will give you ideas
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #119 on: December 24, 2013, 03:41:14 am »
1) Hobby / compulsion
2) I get a video out or two out of it
3) Shift for some profit.

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4) Be a Santa Claus for end of year 2013 with a giveaway contest on one of those gadget ?  >:D

PS : If you do, please do it with stricter rule say like min 3 months forum membership period with > 10 posts ?  :-//

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #120 on: December 24, 2013, 05:57:35 am »
TDS220 obsolete?

Obsolete yes, but still very useful.  I still use my TDS210 all the time over my Rigol 4000 series.  Like Dave said, no fan, completely silent, a pleasure to use when appropriate!


I bought a TDS210 new in 1998 or so - at least its original cal cert is April 1998.  I sent it in (to a Tektronix lab) for its first ever re-cal April this year. 

As found: IN TOLERANCE
As left: LEFT AS FOUND

Unless actually broken, with those recent compared to mine cal stickers, I suspect Dave's TDS220s are well within spec.  Nice as some of the new Rigols are, I don't see myself replacing my '210 in the near future.

 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #121 on: December 24, 2013, 07:42:44 am »
but I think anyone reading the Eevblog can find something of themselves in a Dilbert cartoon somewhere.
I think that is the primary appeal of dilbert to me.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #122 on: December 24, 2013, 08:52:47 am »
damn id love some of that stuff :D awesome score Dave  :-+
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #123 on: December 24, 2013, 01:17:15 pm »
So... when you do giveaway?
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #124 on: December 24, 2013, 01:52:57 pm »
So... when you do giveaway?
Please read. He is selling them inside Australia, keeping the occasional item for himself. Score as it was, those items weren't cheap. So no giveaway.
 


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