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Offline blueskull

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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #7350 on: August 31, 2018, 06:30:17 pm »
I would like to have a friend at Lenovo like you. Why not a P51? With the P52 out the price is even better now.

I live not far from Lenovo US HQ, and in my community, finding someone working at Lenovo is not that hard.
It just happened a friend of mine studying industrial engineering had an intern at Lenovo, though he is no longer working there, he has friends working there that still have employee voucher quota available.

I would like a thin and light with 4 CPU cores. Being spoiled by a 12" Macbook, I will never carry a brick with me.
I prefer battery life and display quality over GPU power, after all, I can buy an eGPU for gaming at home.
If I want an overall best computer, I could go with X1 Extreme in a few weeks when CTO becomes available, but I really don't need a GPU and I don't want to blow $800 for nothing.
 

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« Reply #7351 on: August 31, 2018, 06:44:14 pm »
...[snip]...he has friends working there that still have employee voucher quota available.
Lucky b******.  :o  ;D

I would like a thin and light with 4 CPU cores.
But can your software actually utilize them?

Sadly, I find that most stuff can't, even technical software (more likely to run GPGPU than on multiple CPU cores IME).  :--
 

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« Reply #7352 on: August 31, 2018, 07:33:29 pm »
...[snip]...he has friends working there that still have employee voucher quota available.
Lucky b******.  :o  ;D

I would like a thin and light with 4 CPU cores.
But can your software actually utilize them?

Sadly, I find that most stuff can't, even technical software (more likely to run GPGPU than on multiple CPU cores IME).  :--

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« Reply #7353 on: August 31, 2018, 07:44:52 pm »
make -j6
Please forgive me, but at a cursory look, I'm not seeing that the latest software has the ability to utilize the additional cores.  :-//

Even if you do use the heck out of a 3D printer.  :o ;D  >:D
 

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« Reply #7354 on: August 31, 2018, 10:27:50 pm »
Nanofrog, if you use your workstation to build code (like I do and probably blueskull as well), the multiple cores help a great deal by the -j option of make/gmake. Also, several technical applications use multiple cores (Altium is one of them) and, even if an application does not use this capability, it still helps by having them offloaded to other cores.
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« Reply #7355 on: August 31, 2018, 10:36:24 pm »
Nanofrog, if you use your workstation to build code (like I do and probably blueskull as well), the multiple cores help a great deal by the -j option of make/gmake. Also, several technical applications use multiple cores (Altium is one of them) and, even if an application does not use this capability, it still helps by having them offloaded to other cores.

And let along i7-8650u can boost up to 4.2GHz in single core applications.
 

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« Reply #7356 on: August 31, 2018, 11:09:12 pm »
Been keeping an eye out for a used Cleverscope for quite a while, and picked up a base-model CS320A last week. I ordered the isolated sig gen for it, which should be here next week. It will be used mostly for FRA stuff. I'm especially interested to compare it to the transformer-coupled measurements I've been making.
 

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« Reply #7357 on: September 01, 2018, 12:44:21 am »
Some SMA adaptors and patch cables from china


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« Reply #7358 on: September 01, 2018, 02:26:39 pm »
I bought a HP 4338B millohmmeter from a seller in Great Britain.

Watched it for quiet a while being offered on evilbay without being sold and being re-listed over several months.
A few days ago I negotiated the starting price of the auction with the seller and after all I was the only bidder for the price we agreed on.  :-+

Had to hurry a bit before GB exits the EU to get it without having to pay customs fees..   >:D

BTW: I'd like to see the Brits not leaving the EU, but that's only my point of view. Don't want to discuss politics here.
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« Reply #7359 on: September 02, 2018, 12:46:27 am »
Some SMA adaptors and patch cables from china

I'm guessing your are happy with the quality, or you would have complained.

Who is the supplier? I'll be needing some SMA-BNC adapters soon.
 

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« Reply #7360 on: September 02, 2018, 05:25:36 am »
Some SMA adaptors and patch cables from china

I'm guessing your are happy with the quality, or you would have complained.

Who is the supplier? I'll be needing some SMA-BNC adapters soon.
They're from an ebay shop, areyourshop-003. Electrically the cables and adaptes look OK on the 1502C TDR. Mechanically, the BNC plugs leave some room for enhancement. When plugging or unplugging them, they often don't move easily. SMA connectors are good enough for me, not as nice as the real good ones.

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« Reply #7361 on: September 03, 2018, 07:16:59 am »
I picked a few things up from Banggood.  Another Wiha screwdriver set to put in my toolbag in my company van.  I really like this set and I bought the second set on sale for $17, which was quite nice.  The wire strippers work much better than the cheap crap I had, I haven't yet tried the crimpers--again, better quality than what I had and they are ratcheting.  I haven't yet tried the deburring tool but have wanted one and finally, a cheap stripped screw removal set.  If it works half way decently, I might spring for a better, locally sourced set.
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« Reply #7362 on: September 03, 2018, 01:59:13 pm »
Those screw extractors are good. I use them to good effect to remove stripped server mounting screws in server racks.

Saved me a couple times now when the derp who installed the equipment didn't know about the torque setting on his battery drill....
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« Reply #7363 on: September 04, 2018, 02:59:56 am »
Those screw extractors are good. I use them to good effect to remove stripped server mounting screws in server racks.

Saved me a couple times now when the derp who installed the equipment didn't know about the torque setting on his battery drill....

I am not too ashamed to admit that I have stripped a screw or 2.   |O  Just saving me from myself. 
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« Reply #7364 on: September 04, 2018, 03:56:08 am »
More junk!  :palm:

The Mrs is correct! "i collect some junk"!  ???

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« Reply #7365 on: September 04, 2018, 04:14:06 am »
More junk!  :palm:

I found that getting some good (real copper, not phosphorus copper or copper cladded aluminum) jumper wires is actually hard these days from the bay or Amazon.
Adafruit is my current choice -- I know they have decent markup, but I don't want to wait for the month long shipping from a genuine Chinese seller, not do I want to pay $$$ for a Western branded cable.
 

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« Reply #7366 on: September 04, 2018, 04:18:47 am »
More junk!  :palm:

I found that getting some good (real copper, not phosphorus copper or copper cladded aluminum) jumper wires is actually hard these days from the bay or Amazon.
Adafruit is my current choice -- I know they have decent markup, but I don't want to wait for the month long shipping from a genuine Chinese seller, not do I want to pay $$$ for a Western branded cable.

I'll give them a look for sure! I agree getting decent stuff like that is becoming more challenging for sure!

Thanks for the tip!  :-+
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« Reply #7367 on: September 04, 2018, 08:00:08 am »
More junk!  :palm:

I found that getting some good (real copper, not phosphorus copper or copper cladded aluminum) jumper wires is actually hard these days from the bay or Amazon.
Adafruit is my current choice -- I know they have decent markup, but I don't want to wait for the month long shipping from a genuine Chinese seller, not do I want to pay $$$ for a Western branded cable.
Its even worse many are magnetic so they have crusty rusty iron in them  :--
 

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« Reply #7368 on: September 04, 2018, 05:28:24 pm »
More junk!  :palm:

I found that getting some good (real copper, not phosphorus copper or copper cladded aluminum) jumper wires is actually hard these days from the bay or Amazon.
Adafruit is my current choice -- I know they have decent markup, but I don't want to wait for the month long shipping from a genuine Chinese seller, not do I want to pay $$$ for a Western branded cable.
Its even worse many are magnetic so they have crusty rusty iron in them  :--

Awe! Rust is never good!  :(
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« Reply #7369 on: September 04, 2018, 05:46:00 pm »
Got the Pressmaster crimper today, thanks @nanofrog I wouldn't have known to search for Pressmaster if you hadn't mentioned it in an old post when giving advice on crimp tools.

I still have trouble crimping AWG 22 wire to a red terminal (AWG22-18), but the specs mention 0.75mm^2 minimum even though it also says AWG22-10, go figure.  :P (it's only for DIY hobby stuff so I just fold over the wire if I have to)

It works BEAUTIFULLY with AWG 18 wire on red terminals though, I'm very happy with it especially because I practically stole the damn thing. For any Aussies out there you can find still it on eBay if you search 'pressmaster' but the price went up to approx 50 dollarydoos shipped.

The bottom corner has a non slip pad so you can press it against the desk and it won't budge, very useful if you have girly hands like me and you can kind of focus on positioning the wire and terminal instead of worrying about squeezing it hard enough.

Now I'll be on the lookout for used crimpers from this day on in case I find an old AMP one for cheap to slowly build the collection.  ^-^
 

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« Reply #7370 on: September 04, 2018, 06:11:38 pm »
Had to hurry a bit before GB exits the EU to get it without having to pay customs fees..   >:D
BTW: I'd like to see the Brits not leaving the EU, but that's only my point of view. Don't want to discuss politics here.

Wow... drollll on the milliohmmeter.

I love the GB gents, I am sad too. Anyway if GB is out I don't have anymore to pay the VAT on TopLoser items. Don't know if the custom fee will be more thow....
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« Reply #7371 on: September 04, 2018, 07:06:32 pm »
Got some Deoxit fader today for the restorations of all the gear I find in Akihabara.
It's a little bit hard to find here and a little expensive, but worth it for how well the stuff works.
I already have the classic, fader and gold in spray cans, but this 100% dropper style will help me not make a complete mess of things all the time. :D
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« Reply #7372 on: September 04, 2018, 07:54:26 pm »
An emergency button



Hopefully it's the last time I will deal unsafely with live 220Vac voltages...  :-X
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« Reply #7373 on: September 04, 2018, 08:01:52 pm »
Another Wiha screwdriver set

Very nice, also with the bastard infamous triangular security bit...
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« Reply #7374 on: September 05, 2018, 02:34:52 am »
My new ThinkPad X1 Carbon has arrived, ... with 2 dead pixels.
I didn't want to create more eWaste, so I decided not to return the entire unit, instead I ordered a service request for a screen swap.
Fingers crossed for the new screen, though I don't expect much on a single swapping.
My luck with LCDs are never great! I swapped 3 Surface Pro 1 units and 3 Surface Go units before, and I know my coming fate :palm:.
 


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