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Re: EEVblog #697 - Mailbag
« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2014, 06:59:24 pm »
SA/India use a shuttered socket as well. I have some 40 year old ones still in use, and they have a shutter mechanism.

The face recognition in cameras does not work in Africa, for some reason. I tested it out with a few of the demo cameras in a store one day, just looking at the customers.
 

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Re: EEVblog #697 - Mailbag
« Reply #26 on: December 30, 2014, 07:27:51 pm »
I like the longer-per-item mailbag more. Would like to see a 2 minute teardown of the multimeter, or powering up the tiny LED board to see it blinking.
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« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2014, 10:13:23 pm »
those MK sockets are pretty cool. "bog standard" safety shutters are just pushed out the way with the earth pin.thats enough to meet the safety standard but MKs ive seen have either employed both L+N to engage shutter or all three as in this case probrably.

the earth probably unlocks the cams and the L+N going in at the same time swivels them out the way,

have a link https://www.mkelectric.com/en-my/Products/WD/white/logicplus/Pages/default.aspx

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« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2014, 10:18:03 pm »
I like the mini-teardowns frankly. 

The whole concept was totally correct originally.  Some things just require a quick teardown as part of the mailbag and are not worthy of a separate video.

However, there is also nothing wrong with speeding through some of the other stuff faster when you are backed up like you are now.
 

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« Reply #29 on: December 30, 2014, 10:56:07 pm »
I smiled when Dave opened the package with "dream of wires" DVD. I must watch that movie, looks very interesting !

Considering the mailbag format, I think it is fine. Do it as you want to do it Dave, that's what makes the thing fun and entertaining.
 

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« Reply #30 on: December 30, 2014, 11:26:58 pm »
I Dream Of Wires is a great documentary. I'm not sure about the theatrical release but the DVD version, about 2/3 into the video has bits about design and manufacturing stuff in North America which is still possible for modular synths because it's more of a niche/lower volume market and then there's a segment about the DIY stuff.

Jason Amm was also one of the creators of this film and he got to interview Vince Clarke of Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and currently Erasure at his amazing studio. Jason's music is also very good... bleepy synth stuff :)
It's also great the cEvin Key is in this because he's a legend of Canadian music.

By the way, Human Comparator is a kit seller but not your usual little LED binky stuff but full on giant synths with lots of light-up faders.
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Re: EEVblog #697 - Mailbag
« Reply #31 on: December 30, 2014, 11:43:48 pm »
We have those shutter plugs in Portugal too, and its a pain in the ass to plug a regular schuko plug into a shutter plug(even with brand-name wall plugs), having round pins with a small diameter to push two shutters results in the need to apply a lot of force to plug the damn things, last summer I went replacing all the wall plugs in the house and before installing them I removed all the shutters, because we had already broken 2 plugs when trying to use them.
 

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Re: EEVblog #697 - Mailbag
« Reply #32 on: December 31, 2014, 12:32:43 am »
Teardown porn is so way better than mailbag.  Mailbag is filler material compared to your content that teaches us stuff.

Please give that Sony camera to Sagan to add to the rest of his toys.  The quality of your videos has always stood out from the rest of the lot on the tube and it still does when you switch to your close up camera but that face camera is painfully unclear looking and the slow focus makes me want to punch something.

Just adding my two bits, don't take it the wrong way as I have much love for Dave and his family and will continue to view both EEVblog channels through the upcoming year!

 

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Re: EEVblog #697 - Mailbag
« Reply #33 on: December 31, 2014, 01:19:45 am »
Those chip and pin readers are still quite new. They act as a second verification when you want to transfer money to a new account online.

Basically you sign into your online banking, and when you enter the details of a new account you want to transfer money to, you get given four digits and prompted for a password. You get the password from inserting your card into the reader, entering your card's PIN number, then entering the four digits from your online banking. The reader then generates the password which authorises the transaction.

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Re: EEVblog #697 - Mailbag
« Reply #34 on: December 31, 2014, 01:35:56 am »
Too rushed for my taste, I still enjoyed it but I did like your previous format better including the 2 minute teardowns that probably take you at least 30 minutes to film and process.
 

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« Reply #35 on: December 31, 2014, 01:53:13 am »
We have safety outlets that are similar here in the US.  They look just like the regular outlets that mount in the wall boxes.  I have installed them in the Granddaughter's bedroom so she can't stick anything in them.  They work very well.  In fact, it takes a bit of effort to insert a plug into them, I was not able to put anything else into them.  I probably could have with some excessive force but the granddaughter can't.  That made her momma and SWMBO very happy.
They're a bit of a pain when you need to measure the mains voltage. The solution is quite simple - insert a plug halfway and there's the nicely exposed mains terminals that are easily probed.
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Re: EEVblog #697 - Mailbag
« Reply #36 on: December 31, 2014, 02:29:36 am »
Is this compression for 720p ok? I think it used to be quite sharp. Is it a youtube issue?




Alexander.

its not compression, its very very slow autofocus, Dave says in the video he is too laz^^^^doesnt know how to se^^^^^^camera is running in auto mode :)


We have safety outlets that are similar here in the US.  They look just like the regular outlets that mount in the wall boxes.  I have installed them in the Granddaughter's bedroom so she can't stick anything in them.  They work very well.  In fact, it takes a bit of effort to insert a plug into them, I was not able to put anything else into them.  I probably could have with some excessive force but the granddaughter can't.  That made her momma and SWMBO very happy.
They're a bit of a pain when you need to measure the mains voltage. The solution is quite simple - insert a plug halfway and there's the nicely exposed mains terminals that are easily probed.

proper plugs have shrouds preventing you from doing that
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Re: EEVblog #697 - Mailbag
« Reply #37 on: December 31, 2014, 03:45:48 am »
Incidentally, I just bought an Agilent DSO-X 2000 scope based on one of your videos.  I never would have considered it otherwise. It is amazing.  I may have to change my username.

I moved over to Agilent from Tek because of Dave, he's cost me a fortune. Never looked back!

every time i hear agilent, i remember KEYSIGHT ... and i will always remember someone miss pronouncing it as "KEY SAI" ...
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« Reply #38 on: December 31, 2014, 04:22:39 am »
In the US, shuttered mains receptacles (we call them "Tamper Resistant" or "TR") are now mandated for many locations in new installations. The quality of the available units ranges from reasonably good to piss-poor, just like most wiring devices. As not all US plugs incorporate the ground pin, the ground pin cannot be used to unlock the shutter. The units have spring loaded sliders, and are apparently a real PITA for older folks with arthritis to use.  Unintended consequences of making things a bit safer from kids tying to stick stuff into the outlet.  For years a standard part of "babyproofing" has been to install the plastic safety caps over any receptacles at baby height. 

Did anyone notice the font used on that generic "Carcam" label looks a LOT like the Canon label used on their gear? :-DD

Another thumbs up for 2 minute teardowns or powerups within the mailbag for the little stuff that doesn't warrant its own segment.



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Re: EEVblog #697 - Mailbag
« Reply #39 on: December 31, 2014, 05:32:32 am »
I think that this wiil be of interest to some here, about synths too "Synth Britannia"

http://youtu.be/pqq2uMrrl4o
 

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Re: EEVblog #697 - Mailbag
« Reply #40 on: December 31, 2014, 10:07:48 am »
Due to rules in Australia on sales of knives to minors, importation of knives and daggers is restricted, and customs could have confiscated those scalpels.
Same for laser pointers!  They're trying to take away all our fun things one by one...  |O
http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4369.asp

I don't see scalpels listed on the page you linked. It sounds like it only applies to weapons.

Quote from: AustralianCustoms
Knives and daggers (restricted import)
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Daggers, automatic knives, single handed opening knives, butterfly knives, trench knives, ballistic knives, concealed knives/blades, throwing knives/blades/axes, star knives, push knives, sheath knives, non-metallic knives
 

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Re: EEVblog #697 - Mailbag
« Reply #41 on: December 31, 2014, 10:47:48 am »
You know that none of your German listeners will be able to pronounce "squiz", right...?

 

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« Reply #42 on: December 31, 2014, 01:47:12 pm »
I like mailbags with 2-minute tear-downs.
I like mailbags without the tear-downs.
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« Reply #43 on: December 31, 2014, 03:04:15 pm »


33:52 (EEVblog time). GRiD laptops are used in film Aliens from 1986.
I wondered how come I am seeing a laptop in a such an old movie?
Now I know. Thanks EEVblog!
1:29:59 and 1:37:38 (movie time) Aliens (1986) Extended Cut.

Look at that slick and sexy design, and it had a solid state drive too (bubble memory).
I grew up looking at pixels and for me they spell awesome computer stuff.
Nowadays you look at your monitor and it's all perfect.
Not that I'm complaining, but it's a different feeling.
 
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« Reply #44 on: December 31, 2014, 04:19:07 pm »
I like how the mailbags have been done in the past.  The mini teardowns keeps the mailbags interesting, which is then why I watch them.  Just opening the mail isn't as exciting.  If you break things apart, are people going to tend to just watch the mini-teardowns instead, figuring that's where all the truly interesting stuff is happening?  Also you'd be introducing the small items twice, which seems a little wasteful if your time is limited.
 

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Re: EEVblog #697 - Mailbag
« Reply #45 on: December 31, 2014, 05:14:24 pm »
I like the new mailbag approach.   I really appreciated the comments about the cameras.   I was thinking about getting a better camera and the G30 looked good,  but then you got a Sony. 

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« Reply #46 on: December 31, 2014, 06:58:34 pm »
An interesting note about the crappy calculator is that its case design is that of an old Casio fx-82LB calculator.
http://www.casio-calculator.com/Museum/Pages/FFF/FX-82LB/Casio%20FX-82LB.html
http://www.calculator.org/pages/calculator.aspx?model=fx-82LB&make=Casio

I guess they either re-purposed the original molds or used a Casio fx-82LB calculator as a model for them. They removed the two centre keys on the top row, and the key layout and actual operation is different than the original, so the electronics are different. Also, I think they improved it by adding a removable cover for the batteries (2 x AA as with the original). With the original you had to remove screws and the entire back to change the batteries.

The reason I know about the case is because I bought one, also from a dollar store in Ontario, Canada. However, the label above the display, that reads "Scientific Calculator" on Dave's, on mine reads "fx-82LB FRACTION", in the same fonts as the original, but with the word "CASIO" removed and the word "FRACTION" in white instead of blue. Mine came with a hinged hard plastic cover attached, which flips around to the back for use, as the original Casio fx-82LB had. I suspect the one Dave received also originally had the same cover (They tend to break off easily).

What I found funny about mine is that it doesn't actually have the capability to work with fractions. ::)

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« Reply #47 on: December 31, 2014, 07:23:32 pm »
I'd also like to add that I like the 2 minute (few minute) teardowns as longs as they don't turn into full reviews like the EMI probe segment which really could have been their own video.
You can't just frantically open boxes all the time. Maybe you should cut them all open first before recording then you won't have to spend so much time on camera cutting tape and envelopes.
It's the stuff inside the boxes that counts.
 

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Re: EEVblog #697 - Mailbag
« Reply #48 on: December 31, 2014, 07:25:29 pm »
That looks so close to my Sharp EL-512, which is in some box somewhere but I found a picture in the interwebs. As a programmer I did need a programmer's calculator and to me that was the best I could afford at the time.


 

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« Reply #49 on: December 31, 2014, 07:48:52 pm »
 :clap: I like the teardown the way you doing it. And hey HAPPY NEW YEAR DAVE
 


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