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« Reply #6850 on: June 14, 2018, 04:24:51 am »
Replaced my 'Nicad' generation Hitachi cordless drill with a Makita Drill Driver (and angle grinder coming in a promo). For Aussies - watch the Bunnings version it includes a lower spec driver! $649 btw

Why did I wait so long  :palm: Awesome amount of power now what to screw or drill first.

Think that is about the pre EOFY Tax time $ spent  >:D

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« Reply #6851 on: June 14, 2018, 05:51:34 am »
A new radiator for my car, and an oil change.

the poor thing totally blew up while coming up a hill on the way home on Tuesday night.. radiator had ruptured and the first I saw of it was the engine acting weird, and a few extra noises, then I saw the temperature was way up, and when I looked back in the rear view mirror a whole bunch of white "smoke" following me up the hill... when I stopped the car and opened the bonnet, it was like a cartoon car breakdown. thick steam pouring up into the sky.

Anyway... after arranging to get it towed to my mechanic, the mechanic said he expected the engine was dead, and since this is my crappy little cheap runabout, that would mean goodbye, and back to the 2nd-hand runabout lottery to find a replacement. I was a bit sad about that as this car has actually been a great little reliable machine.

So I'm really happy to hear that somehow the engine survived its cooking, and my daggy little 1999 corolla hatch can keep pottering up and down the hill between my house and office for a while yet.
 

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« Reply #6852 on: June 14, 2018, 05:52:27 am »
Replaced my 'Nicad' generation Hitachi cordless drill with a Makita Drill Driver (and angle grinder coming in a promo). For Aussies - watch the Bunnings version it includes a lower spec driver! $649 btw

Why did I wait so long  :palm: Awesome amount of power now what to screw or drill first.

Think that is about the pre EOFY Tax time $ spent  >:D
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« Reply #6853 on: June 14, 2018, 08:14:46 am »
Well, keep your eyes peeled for companies pulling out the UK because of the forthcoming Brexit, thats how I got this one. Philips are pulling out of UK and moving into Europe and just getting auction houses to clear out their old premises. This came from a working Lab and they had about 6 of these, mixed between 100MHz and 200MHz, the others were 4 channels which I prefered TBH but they rapidly rose to dizzy prices. This little 2 channel chappy started off low in the pre auction bids and I was a little worried if everyone else had been to site and knew something I didn't. I however went for it and it went for a low price + buyers premium and VAT. However, as it turns out I had nothing to worry about, its fine.

Yup, you got a score there for sure!

Any of the things I have had any interest in at the auctions ends up going for too much £££'s. I'll just keep watching like you say though and i'm sure 1 will turn out in my favour sometime.
That's the thing with the actions, you get the item itself for a decent price but when you add auction fees and taxes then shipping it can get to eye watering numbers quite fast!
It's hard to stop when you start bidding up. I always think …. right..... when it gets to X amount i'll give out but always end up going over at least a little bit.


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« Reply #6854 on: June 14, 2018, 08:27:00 am »
Well, keep your eyes peeled for companies pulling out the UK because of the forthcoming Brexit, thats how I got this one. Philips are pulling out of UK and moving into Europe and just getting auction houses to clear out their old premises. This came from a working Lab and they had about 6 of these, mixed between 100MHz and 200MHz, the others were 4 channels which I prefered TBH but they rapidly rose to dizzy prices. This little 2 channel chappy started off low in the pre auction bids and I was a little worried if everyone else had been to site and knew something I didn't. I however went for it and it went for a low price + buyers premium and VAT. However, as it turns out I had nothing to worry about, its fine.

Yup, you got a score there for sure!

Any of the things I have had any interest in at the auctions ends up going for too much £££'s. I'll just keep watching like you say though and i'm sure 1 will turn out in my favour sometime.
That's the thing with the actions, you get the item itself for a decent price but when you add auction fees and taxes then shipping it can get to eye watering numbers quite fast!
It's hard to stop when you start bidding up. I always think …. right..... when it gets to X amount i'll give out but always end up going over at least a little bit.


Enjoy your new toy!  ;D
Thanks I will, I agree, the jumps in price are small in this type of auction and when you reach your limit and a another bid arrives you nearly always go on another couple of bids. Reality is different when add in the fees, they become bigger steps than you thought.

Shipping on this auction wasn't an option, collection was mandatory and by appointment so that I think limits the prices a bit.

Something will turn up in the end, I was just lucky 1st time around and that's unusual for me.

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« Reply #6855 on: June 14, 2018, 08:32:12 am »

I'll refrain from commenting on what you can screw or drill first. Really, I won't say a thing. Not even a peep.

And yet you get the award for the reader whos mind went into the gutter first and then engaged their pinkies  :-DD
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« Reply #6856 on: June 14, 2018, 12:48:01 pm »
That's the thing with the actions, you get the item itself for a decent price but when you add auction fees and taxes then shipping it can get to eye watering numbers quite fast!
It's hard to stop when you start bidding up. I always think …. right..... when it gets to X amount i'll give out but always end up going over at least a little bit.
Enjoy your new toy!  ;D

I do not give in to the temptation of 'just one more bid'  It even surprises SWMBO at my self control.  I buy the occasional diecast car off of evilBay for my collection and I have lost a bid for pennies because I do set a hard limit so I don't get caught up in the 'just one more bid' syndrome and end up paying more than what it is worth.  On TME, I look for stuff with a make offer button.  If my offer is accepted, great.  If the counter offer is acceptable, great.  Otherwise, I walk away to buy another day.
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« Reply #6857 on: June 14, 2018, 01:02:05 pm »
That's the thing with the actions, you get the item itself for a decent price but when you add auction fees and taxes then shipping it can get to eye watering numbers quite fast!
It's hard to stop when you start bidding up. I always think …. right..... when it gets to X amount i'll give out but always end up going over at least a little bit.
Enjoy your new toy!  ;D

I do not give in to the temptation of 'just one more bid'  It even surprises SWMBO at my self control.  I buy the occasional diecast car off of evilBay for my collection and I have lost a bid for pennies because I do set a hard limit so I don't get caught up in the 'just one more bid' syndrome and end up paying more than what it is worth.  On TME, I look for stuff with a make offer button.  If my offer is accepted, great.  If the counter offer is acceptable, great.  Otherwise, I walk away to buy another day.
Thats great and amazing self control, but sometimes I have been waiting for so long to find something and I mean a long time, that I really don't want to wait that long again if there is a slight chance that a small tweak to my bid could win it. In other words, I don't have your self control, I get a bit impatient and just go for it until it gets to a point beyond which I just don't go. Hmm thinking about it, I do have your control then, just that I set myself an ideal figure that I want to pay and a maximum if pushed.
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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #6858 on: June 14, 2018, 04:23:45 pm »
It isn't differential input but the BNC adapter for the Analog Discovery is a useful addition.
For now, I'll start by cobbling together a 2+2 4mm banana jack panel I can connect to the Analog Discovery 2, and use the two differential channels using cheap probes. I really only need sub-MHz bandwidth for now (for investigating power rail noise and glitches in various projects that have stalled due to lack of test and measurement equipment!), but I definitely need the differential probes.

(A 16x2 (8x4) panel with standard separation between each pair would be even nicer; you would then get every pin on a banana jack. At a standard 0.75" grid, it'd be about 7" by 4"; might make a nice cover for the AD2.. Or maybe I could do a fanout from a short 34-pin ribbon cable?)

If I was using a say Rigol DS1054z without true differential probes, just using two separate channels and display math to measure the voltage drop of a 0.01Ohm resistor at 5V, I would not get even one-ampere resolution (because 1A drops 0.01V over a 0.01Ohm resistor, and the scope resolution is at best 5V/256 ≃ 0.02V, 0.04V at ±5V range). What I would like to do, however, is measure and record the voltage drop over that resistor, and the 5V voltage itself, at say 100 kS/s to 1 MS/s continuously at maybe 0.05V and 10mA resolution, to see how each supply copes with different loads, as well as whether there are problematic glitches. And if glitches do occur, whether added bulk capacitance or a pi filter (on SBC input) fixes it.  I can do that with a Teensy 3.2 using my own circuit, but I didn't have anything to compare against and verify my circuit.

If one of my ~$10 DC-DC modules with an inhibit pin can provide max. 6A at 5V continuously without glitches (as the current demand is quite variable, 1A to up to 6A in short spikes), I can finish my Odroid-HC1 microcontroller carrier project: a Teensy 3.2 microcontroller that can be used for serial console, external display controller (either a cheap small TFT or OLED, for status information), external GPIO (the HC1 has none!) for a couple of buttons etc., monitoring the current and voltage supplied, as well as turn the Odroid-HC1 (or C1+ or XU4) off and on at desired intervals, keeping just the microcontroller always powered on.

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« Reply #6859 on: June 14, 2018, 08:15:20 pm »
That's the thing with the actions, you get the item itself for a decent price but when you add auction fees and taxes then shipping it can get to eye watering numbers quite fast!
It's hard to stop when you start bidding up. I always think …. right..... when it gets to X amount i'll give out but always end up going over at least a little bit.
Enjoy your new toy!  ;D

I do not give in to the temptation of 'just one more bid'  It even surprises SWMBO at my self control.  I buy the occasional diecast car off of evilBay for my collection and I have lost a bid for pennies because I do set a hard limit so I don't get caught up in the 'just one more bid' syndrome and end up paying more than what it is worth.  On TME, I look for stuff with a make offer button.  If my offer is accepted, great.  If the counter offer is acceptable, great.  Otherwise, I walk away to buy another day.
Thats great and amazing self control, but sometimes I have been waiting for so long to find something and I mean a long time, that I really don't want to wait that long again if there is a slight chance that a small tweak to my bid could win it. In other words, I don't have your self control, I get a bit impatient and just go for it until it gets to a point beyond which I just don't go. Hmm thinking about it, I do have your control then, just that I set myself an ideal figure that I want to pay and a maximum if pushed.

In my youth, I was the buzzard in the picture that said, patience my @ss, I'm gonna kill something.  Now that I am a greybeard, I am like the old bull.  When the young bull says lets run down and screw us a cow, the old bull says, let's walk down and screw them all.  :-DD
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« Reply #6860 on: June 14, 2018, 08:30:02 pm »
That's the thing with the actions, you get the item itself for a decent price but when you add auction fees and taxes then shipping it can get to eye watering numbers quite fast!
It's hard to stop when you start bidding up. I always think …. right..... when it gets to X amount i'll give out but always end up going over at least a little bit.
Enjoy your new toy!  ;D

I do not give in to the temptation of 'just one more bid'  It even surprises SWMBO at my self control.  I buy the occasional diecast car off of evilBay for my collection and I have lost a bid for pennies because I do set a hard limit so I don't get caught up in the 'just one more bid' syndrome and end up paying more than what it is worth.  On TME, I look for stuff with a make offer button.  If my offer is accepted, great.  If the counter offer is acceptable, great.  Otherwise, I walk away to buy another day.
Thats great and amazing self control, but sometimes I have been waiting for so long to find something and I mean a long time, that I really don't want to wait that long again if there is a slight chance that a small tweak to my bid could win it. In other words, I don't have your self control, I get a bit impatient and just go for it until it gets to a point beyond which I just don't go. Hmm thinking about it, I do have your control then, just that I set myself an ideal figure that I want to pay and a maximum if pushed.

In my youth, I was the buzzard in the picture that said, patience my @ss, I'm gonna kill something.  Now that I am a greybeard, I am like the old bull.  When the young bull says lets run down and screw us a cow, the old bull says, let's walk down and screw them all.  :-DD
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« Reply #6861 on: June 14, 2018, 09:11:28 pm »
This NAD 310 arrived yesterday. It is intended to be a back up for the amplifier in my living room computer/TV setup, but here it is in my small bedroom system to test it out. I had a Sherwood receiver in this system before, so I had to take the Denon tuner out of storage for testing. I may leave it this way for now.

 

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« Reply #6862 on: June 14, 2018, 09:14:04 pm »
This NAD 310 arrived yesterday. It is intended to be a back up for the amplifier in my living room computer/TV setup, but here it is in my small bedroom system to test it out. I had a Sherwood receiver in this system before, so I had to take the Denon tuner out of storage for testing. I may leave it this way for now.


Curious, where did you get that handwoven rag mat that's underneath that stack ?
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« Reply #6863 on: June 14, 2018, 09:24:09 pm »
Curious, where did you get that handwoven rag mat that's underneath that stack ?

I don't really remember. I know I got it around 1994-95, so it was probably Target. That was where I usually shopped back then.
 

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« Reply #6864 on: June 14, 2018, 09:34:07 pm »
Curious, where did you get that handwoven rag mat that's underneath that stack ?

I don't really remember. I know I got it around 1994-95, so it was probably Target. That was where I usually shopped back then.
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« Reply #6865 on: June 14, 2018, 10:16:33 pm »
My last package arrived yesterday.  :)

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« Reply #6866 on: June 14, 2018, 10:53:02 pm »
Replaced my 'Nicad' generation Hitachi cordless drill with a Makita Drill Driver (and angle grinder coming in a promo). For Aussies - watch the Bunnings version it includes a lower spec driver! $649 btw

Why did I wait so long  :palm: Awesome amount of power now what to screw or drill first.

Think that is about the pre EOFY Tax time $ spent  >:D

5Ah pack is huge capacity, surprised it came with that.
 

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« Reply #6867 on: June 14, 2018, 11:46:01 pm »
This NAD 310 arrived yesterday. It is intended to be a back up for the amplifier in my living room computer/TV setup, but here it is in my small bedroom system to test it out. I had a Sherwood receiver in this system before, so I had to take the Denon tuner out of storage for testing. I may leave it this way for now.



NICE!!!  :-+ :-+
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« Reply #6868 on: June 14, 2018, 11:47:36 pm »
That's the thing with the actions, you get the item itself for a decent price but when you add auction fees and taxes then shipping it can get to eye watering numbers quite fast!
It's hard to stop when you start bidding up. I always think …. right..... when it gets to X amount i'll give out but always end up going over at least a little bit.
Enjoy your new toy!  ;D

I do not give in to the temptation of 'just one more bid'  It even surprises SWMBO at my self control.  I buy the occasional diecast car off of evilBay for my collection and I have lost a bid for pennies because I do set a hard limit so I don't get caught up in the 'just one more bid' syndrome and end up paying more than what it is worth.  On TME, I look for stuff with a make offer button.  If my offer is accepted, great.  If the counter offer is acceptable, great.  Otherwise, I walk away to buy another day.
Thats great and amazing self control, but sometimes I have been waiting for so long to find something and I mean a long time, that I really don't want to wait that long again if there is a slight chance that a small tweak to my bid could win it. In other words, I don't have your self control, I get a bit impatient and just go for it until it gets to a point beyond which I just don't go. Hmm thinking about it, I do have your control then, just that I set myself an ideal figure that I want to pay and a maximum if pushed.

In my youth, I was the buzzard in the picture that said, patience my @ss, I'm gonna kill something.  Now that I am a greybeard, I am like the old bull.  When the young bull says lets run down and screw us a cow, the old bull says, let's walk down and screw them all.  :-DD
:-+
And take your good time while doing it too !  >:D

Because if it is worth doing, it is worth taking your time and doing it right, as Mrs GreyWoolfe will attest to. >:D
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« Reply #6869 on: June 15, 2018, 12:05:48 am »

5Ah pack is huge capacity, surprised it came with that.

It is sort of above the home user range more in their lower end Tradie one. They do run 6Ah as well but based on some internerd ramblings they have less punch.
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« Reply #6870 on: June 15, 2018, 06:39:13 am »
This NAD 310 arrived yesterday. It is intended to be a back up for the amplifier in my living room computer/TV setup, but here it is in my small bedroom system to test it out. I had a Sherwood receiver in this system before, so I had to take the Denon tuner out of storage for testing. I may leave it this way for now.



I used to have one of those Rat Shack equalizers back in the 80s.  Eventually it lost a channel, and while I poked and prodded at it a bit, I never really dug into it, and it eventually got tossed during a cleaning binge.  Shame I didn't keep it; I'd certainly be able to fix it these days.

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« Reply #6871 on: June 15, 2018, 06:48:15 am »
I know the feeling, Pat. I occasionally think back to past things that I no longer have and probably could've fixed since. Ah, well.
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« Reply #6872 on: June 15, 2018, 09:23:56 am »
That's the thing with the actions, you get the item itself for a decent price but when you add auction fees and taxes then shipping it can get to eye watering numbers quite fast!
It's hard to stop when you start bidding up. I always think …. right..... when it gets to X amount i'll give out but always end up going over at least a little bit.
Enjoy your new toy!  ;D

I do not give in to the temptation of 'just one more bid'  It even surprises SWMBO at my self control.  I buy the occasional diecast car off of evilBay for my collection and I have lost a bid for pennies because I do set a hard limit so I don't get caught up in the 'just one more bid' syndrome and end up paying more than what it is worth.  On TME, I look for stuff with a make offer button.  If my offer is accepted, great.  If the counter offer is acceptable, great.  Otherwise, I walk away to buy another day.
Thats great and amazing self control, but sometimes I have been waiting for so long to find something and I mean a long time, that I really don't want to wait that long again if there is a slight chance that a small tweak to my bid could win it. In other words, I don't have your self control, I get a bit impatient and just go for it until it gets to a point beyond which I just don't go. Hmm thinking about it, I do have your control then, just that I set myself an ideal figure that I want to pay and a maximum if pushed.

In my youth, I was the buzzard in the picture that said, patience my @ss, I'm gonna kill something.  Now that I am a greybeard, I am like the old bull.  When the young bull says lets run down and screw us a cow, the old bull says, let's walk down and screw them all.  :-DD
:-+
And take your good time while doing it too !  >:D

Because if it is worth doing, it is worth taking your time and doing it right, as Mrs GreyWoolfe will attest to. >:D

Where on earth did you see that picture with the buzzard GreyWoolfe? Kinda spooky!
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« Reply #6873 on: June 15, 2018, 11:59:13 am »
Where on earth did you see that picture with the buzzard GreyWoolfe? Kinda spooky!

Must be an American thing. I'm sure I remember seeing it since high school age back in the 70s.

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« Reply #6874 on: June 15, 2018, 12:15:38 pm »
Where on earth did you see that picture with the buzzard GreyWoolfe? Kinda spooky!

Many moons ago.  As rdl said, back in high school in the early 70's.  That makes me an official graybeard.  I even get old folks discounts at restaurants. ;D  Maybe it is time for a graybeard emoji.
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