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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #9676 on: January 22, 2020, 01:43:09 am »
I 'brought' a free month of Amazon Prime subscription to get 'free' shipping from the US :palm: Must remember to cancel it as Amazon in Oz really does SUCK.

All it cost me was $100+ Aussie pesos for a Glubot that I can't get locally https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B073WPJX2R/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and while I was there I got tempted into a pair of good Japanese Saws (Ryoba and a Flush Cut).



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« Reply #9677 on: January 22, 2020, 03:29:40 am »
Must remember to cancel it as Amazon in Oz really does SUCK.

Not sure about the Oz version of their site, but the US version allows you to schedule automatic termination, so you don't have to worry about remembering.
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« Reply #9678 on: January 22, 2020, 06:35:29 am »
If that amazon thing includes their prime video thing you could be watching The Expanse.
 
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« Reply #9679 on: January 22, 2020, 11:46:04 am »
Sacrificial lambs for the Almighty Thor  ::) , RF DC pass surge arrestor that will be installed at my GPSDO antenna.

"Wishing"  :-[ that when the sacrifice is made, Thor will spare my GPSDO and others T&M equipments too.  :P

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« Reply #9680 on: January 22, 2020, 02:46:52 pm »
If that amazon thing includes their prime video thing you could be watching The Expanse.

Yep, totally worth it! I’ve been watching in glorious HDR 4K and loving it!
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« Reply #9681 on: January 22, 2020, 04:18:05 pm »
Charger adapter from AA cell to C or D cell.
 
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« Reply #9682 on: January 22, 2020, 06:21:44 pm »
That's good to know, BravoV. I hadn't seen an adapter for the charger before.
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« Reply #9683 on: January 22, 2020, 10:15:51 pm »
Don’t chargers monitor the terminal temperature to determine when to shut off? (I know lithium profiles don’t, but the chargers I have with lithium profiles monitor temp and stop charging if it goes over a certain temperature)

Some manuals I’ve read for chargers with adjustable current say not to use too small a current as it doesn’t generate a big enough temperature rise to end charging.

Definitely something new that I haven’t seen before though. Where abouts did you buy them?
 

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« Reply #9684 on: January 23, 2020, 12:16:08 am »
Don’t chargers monitor the terminal temperature to determine when to shut off? (I know lithium profiles don’t, but the chargers I have with lithium profiles monitor temp and stop charging if it goes over a certain temperature)

Some manuals I’ve read for chargers with adjustable current say not to use too small a current as it doesn’t generate a big enough temperature rise to end charging.

Definitely something new that I haven’t seen before though. Where abouts did you buy them?

These adapters is for Nickel based (NiMh or NiCd) cell, as its only fit for C or D cell, don't think its common to see Li-Ion type in these sizes.

Charging process use the usual primary full charge detection algorithm which most good smart desktop charger have, using the usual voltage plateau (Negative Delta V / NDV) detection as full charge sign, of course as long the user doesn't charge it at too low C.

Most smart chargers capable of pushing 2 or 3 Amp current, which is enough for these > 3000mAh cell. Although at the photo I used is the old popular Powerex MH-C9000, as it happened it was within my reach, I used SkyRC MC3000 most of the times, which is much better charger, and it works flawlessly.

Even though most modern Ni-Mh based desktop smart charger does monitor temp, as "part of" the protection mechanism, yes, this adapter simply made thermal sensing (delta temp in Ni-based) useless, time out protection mechanism is a must for the charger in this case for overcharge protection.

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« Reply #9685 on: January 23, 2020, 12:47:19 am »
Even when we were competitively punishing NiMh (Nicads before it) cells at 8-10A charge rates Temperature was always an afterthought and while some chargers had an input for it no one used it. Delta V and generally adjustable was what was and still is used for NiMh. In our case we wanted the packs off the charger hot which lowered the internal resistance for more current out during the flights.
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« Reply #9686 on: January 23, 2020, 12:59:01 am »
If that amazon thing includes their prime video thing you could be watching The Expanse.

It does come with Prime Video. I actually watched a movie last night. Stuttering wasn't great on HD but on the mid setting ran smoothly. It is fairly obvious they push their own exclusive series fairly hard to keep you locked in. Not convinced I need to spend the $ but the selection of dodgy B-D grade horror and sci-fi movies might change my mind .....  :palm:
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« Reply #9687 on: January 23, 2020, 01:44:58 am »
If that amazon thing includes their prime video thing you could be watching The Expanse.

It does come with Prime Video. I actually watched a movie last night. Stuttering wasn't great on HD but on the mid setting ran smoothly. It is fairly obvious they push their own exclusive series fairly hard to keep you locked in. Not convinced I need to spend the $ but the selection of dodgy B-D grade horror and sci-fi movies might change my mind .....  :palm:

Prime in Aus actually has some great exclusive content, the Jack Ryan series is great, as is the man in the high castle. Treadstone looks like it might be decent too.
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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #9688 on: January 23, 2020, 09:57:09 pm »
Today I bought nothing, but in the last days a weller soldering station ( cheap one, WE1010) and siglent´s new scope sds2104x-plus....

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« Reply #9689 on: January 24, 2020, 08:18:31 am »
As this thingy is diminishing and its getting harder to find, spotted at an old brick & mortar shop, guess they must be really old stock, grabbed the complete wattage series with 2 pieces at each value, all just 5 bucks.  ::)

The hoarder's nerve inside me was telling to get more  :palm:, but then I realized these will be definitely stacked, buried and drowned underneath the pile of junks, and get crushed and broken, so only 10 then.

When it comes to AC dummy load with pure power factor at 1 (pure one), and can shine too, compared to dumb power resistor, now I'm ready.  :-DD
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« Reply #9690 on: January 25, 2020, 10:07:29 am »
Just another wild Saturday night  ;D Already had my $10 pesos worth of fun and nostalgia. Quake II is running great on my modern system. I really should be at the Pub or some such thing but my town is full of Truck show 'visitors'  :palm: Yes visitors I have a Gun so go to bed before 3am or else  :horse:

Quake bundle I, II ,III and extras https://store.steampowered.com/sub/434/

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« Reply #9691 on: January 25, 2020, 10:17:46 am »
Must figure out how to do a screen cap.
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« Reply #9692 on: January 25, 2020, 12:20:48 pm »
For Quake and Quake 2 there are source ports that work far better with modern hardware than the originals. Many bugs are fixed also.

FitzQuake and Quakespasm are the only two I use because they stay most true to the original as far as appearance. For Quake 2, Yamagi is my choice.

 
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« Reply #9693 on: January 25, 2020, 12:32:21 pm »
Quake II was running 1600x1200 on my Ryzen 3700X / 5700X in full screen without modding so I didn't  :-+

I had a minor issue with running RTCW on full screen so I ran that in a window again without mods which is my preference ;)

Also brought the Hexen bundle just to complete the Retro set for another $5.

Must remember to ration the 'workflow' now......
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« Reply #9694 on: January 25, 2020, 12:50:19 pm »
Quake 2 engine was much improved over Quake, but there are some bad bugs ("Function Pointers Have Moved", which causes save loading to fail). I can't imagine even trying to play Quake with the original executable.

Also, F12 is screenshot. It will be .tga format.

 

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« Reply #9695 on: January 25, 2020, 04:17:13 pm »
I just had to buy a box of "food" for my "babies".



Though I have a few "babies", it's actually my daughter that seems to "devour" graphite. She must be eating the leads with cereals for breakfast or something.  :popcorn:
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« Reply #9696 on: January 25, 2020, 11:20:37 pm »
As this thingy is diminishing and its getting harder to find, spotted at an old brick & mortar shop, guess they must be really old stock, grabbed the complete wattage series with 2 pieces at each value, all just 5 bucks.  ::)

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When it comes to AC dummy load with pure power factor at 1 (pure one), and can shine too, compared to dumb power resistor, now I'm ready.  :-DD

and AC current limiter, too. :-+
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« Reply #9697 on: January 26, 2020, 11:08:31 am »
As this thingy is diminishing and its getting harder to find, spotted at an old brick & mortar shop, guess they must be really old stock, grabbed the complete wattage series with 2 pieces at each value, all just 5 bucks.  ::)

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When it comes to AC dummy load with pure power factor at 1 (pure one), and can shine too, compared to dumb power resistor, now I'm ready.  :-DD

and AC current limiter, too. :-+

Careful with those, they do have a short life, and tend to fail short circuit briefly when they fail. I also have a lifetime supply, though in my case I chose ones made in the EU, so have a collection of Polish, Hungarian and even French and Netherlands made lamps, plus a good number of pre war German made Siemens lamps, in both frosted and clear forms, with tungsten and tantalum filaments.

With incandescent lamps recent ones are pretty much junk, never meeting the rated lifetime, and often failing within 100 hours. You cannot blame the manufacturers though, as often the machinery they are using is the old EU equipment, shipped over complete to the cheaper labour regions, and the lamp quality is as good, just that to compete on a cost basis they cut cost by reducing the most expensive item in the lamp, the actual tungsten filament length, so that the lamp runs hotter and brighter, but with a shorter life.
 

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« Reply #9698 on: January 26, 2020, 03:23:16 pm »
As this thingy is diminishing and its getting harder to find, spotted at an old brick & mortar shop, guess they must be really old stock, grabbed the complete wattage series with 2 pieces at each value, all just 5 bucks.  ::)

Nice catch.

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When it comes to AC dummy load with pure power factor at 1 (pure one), and can shine too, compared to dumb power resistor, now I'm ready.  :-DD

and AC current limiter, too. :-+

Careful with those, they do have a short life, and tend to fail short circuit briefly when they fail. I also have a lifetime supply, though in my case I chose ones made in the EU, so have a collection of Polish, Hungarian and even French and Netherlands made lamps, plus a good number of pre war German made Siemens lamps, in both frosted and clear forms, with tungsten and tantalum filaments.

With incandescent lamps recent ones are pretty much junk, never meeting the rated lifetime, and often failing within 100 hours. You cannot blame the manufacturers though, as often the machinery they are using is the old EU equipment, shipped over complete to the cheaper labour regions, and the lamp quality is as good, just that to compete on a cost basis they cut cost by reducing the most expensive item in the lamp, the actual tungsten filament length, so that the lamp runs hotter and brighter, but with a shorter life.

Noted, also these will be used just in short run as dummy load or current limiter, don't think I will be using them for days.

Not even single incandescence lamps in my house used as lighting, an exception, only the one in the microwave oven.

Agree, I noticed the filament looks really flimsy and weak even cold/off, and when turned on, its gets softened, dangling and looks like the swinging weak hot filament will break at any time.  ::)

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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #9699 on: January 26, 2020, 09:20:38 pm »
Levoit 133 air purifier.

I have a smoke extractor that sits on the bench and takes in the main smoke but since I'm soldering in an apartment, and can't open the windows in winter here in Sweden, I'm thinking a general sir filter will help me avoid poisoning my family with gradually accumulating flux particles etc.
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