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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19225 on: November 06, 2018, 08:14:25 am »
Haha I just edited my comment literally after posting to cover that ironically  :-DD
Isn't a totalising counter called a calculator, albeit in your case with a dead keyboard? [emoji1787][emoji1787][emoji1787]
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19226 on: November 06, 2018, 08:16:14 am »
Haha. Sort of basically yes. All it does is count the clock edges.

That calculator was replaced on warranty. Amazon just sent another one out and told me to throw that one away.  :-+
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19227 on: November 06, 2018, 08:20:31 am »
Haha. Sort of basically yes. All it does is count the clock edges.

That calculator was replaced on warranty. Amazon just sent another one out and told me to throw that one away.  :-+
I wonder how many times they will do that before they discover the brick you that you mash the keys with? [emoji6]

Seriously, that was good of them, was it a decent calculator or a generic cheap as chips one?
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19228 on: November 06, 2018, 08:32:09 am »
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0719FWP3X/

Decent quality and not the cheap end.

Starting to regret switching to it from my HP 50g.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19229 on: November 06, 2018, 08:55:56 am »
Does a counter count when it doesn't count?

That's a good philosophical question.

I suggest you don't contemplate giving an accurate answer, since it may lead to (more) mental problems.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19230 on: November 06, 2018, 10:22:50 am »
I look at it this way. If you have to count your counters, DMM's, oscilloscopes, etc it is the first step towards admitting that you have a problem.


I prefer to remain ignorant. Who me? A problem? Nah.... :-DD :-DD :-DD 
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« Reply #19231 on: November 06, 2018, 10:46:53 am »
This is a good deal. A 2445 with a P6046 Differential probe. It does appear that the beam find is stuck on which is no big deal to fix.

Unfortunately it's way down in mid New Jersey and just a little too far.

 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19232 on: November 06, 2018, 12:40:12 pm »
Does a counter count when it doesn't count?

That's a good philosophical question.

I suggest you don't contemplate giving an accurate answer, since it may lead to (more) mental problems.

On another forum a guy was arguing that a capacitor wasn't really a capacitor if it wasn't in a circuit.  :palm:
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19233 on: November 06, 2018, 01:19:06 pm »
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0719FWP3X/

Decent quality and not the cheap end.

Starting to regret switching to it from my HP 50g.
I must admit that I was surprised to discover it was a Casio, I thought you was a HP man, mind you though, you could get 10 of the Casio's for the same money.

The keys on the 50G are more man sized so the keyboard may last longer as a result of fewer wrong keys pressed and then right one pressed in anger?
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19234 on: November 06, 2018, 01:22:08 pm »
Does a counter count when it doesn't count?

That's a good philosophical question.

I suggest you don't contemplate giving an accurate answer, since it may lead to (more) mental problems.

On another forum a guy was arguing that a capacitor wasn't really a capacitor if it wasn't in a circuit.  :palm:
He's a twat, thats like saying a plug is not a plug unless its in a socket? I suppose he'd argue that the world was flat  |O
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19235 on: November 06, 2018, 01:28:24 pm »
Just ordered so 99.9% Isopropyl Alcohol from Amazon because it was available on Prime and also some squeezy bottles to dispense it with, all was in stock and now I have an email telling me that the bottles will be here tomorrow and the Isopropyl on Friday???  :wtf: Thought Prime was free next day delivery  :-//
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19236 on: November 06, 2018, 01:34:54 pm »
Not always next day. Depends on where you are and which warehouse it was from. Some stuff comes from EU and some from UK. Down here most stuff turns up 6-8pm same day which is nice.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0719FWP3X/

Decent quality and not the cheap end.

Starting to regret switching to it from my HP 50g.
I must admit that I was surprised to discover it was a Casio, I thought you was a HP man, mind you though, you could get 10 of the Casio's for the same money.

The keys on the 50G are more man sized so the keyboard may last longer as a result of fewer wrong keys pressed and then right one pressed in anger?

Problem with 50g is it eats batteries (ARM CPU) and I can never remember how to use anything but the basic functions. You can fudge through the Casio easily.

Edit: the 50g has three manuals, two of which are 1000+ pages of reference and programming info. It’s a fully blown computing environment really.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19237 on: November 06, 2018, 01:41:49 pm »
Does TEA have Twelve Steps?
I am powerless over spec sheets for low end oscilloscopes of today, as they have capabilities that were simply UNOBTANIUM when I was a kid and Tectronix was King.

My Sad Story is here:

My Oscilloscope Affair: A Love Story

I once had an affair with an Eico and an Identical TWIN PAIR of Tektronix scopes at the same time...
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My Tektronix Twins Stared on in Blank Disbelief. My Girlfriend ran down the steps. I was fairly certain that she wasn't going to be back with a fuse. -- Or ever. When she did came back, I was trying to put the smoke back into the Eico, but the Rescue Mission quickly became a Recovery Operation, and then an Autopsy. And my Girlfriend didn't come back with a fuse, but she DID blow a fuse when I asked her if she had one. We got married.

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Hi Bill! Thanks for sharing, and welcome to TEA! There's a fresh pot of Chock Full O' Nuts brewing, and breakfast tacos in the warmer over there.   ~~~~>

Now I'm gonna ask... the one salient point you omitted; the question EVERYONE HERE wants to know the answer to... WHAT MODEL WERE THE TEKTRONIX TWINS?!?   :-DD

Yes, we have a 12 steps Program; right here. We also have a glossary of terms common to our shared affliction directly above that post.  >:D

And congratulations on the girlfriend... she DID come back, so you found a KEEPER! 

I married an enabler... she has over the years bought me a brand-new 1054Z, several power supplies, several meters, my first Taranis, and countless bits of electronic parts... (yes, she can EVEN READ A BOM!!!  :bullshit: )  and my 3rd (maybe 5th) favorite soldering station of all time, the Aoyue 2702.



Glad you found your way to our little corner of the eevBlog mayhem... We do TEA a little differently here, but all are welcome!


That calculator was replaced on warranty. Amazon just sent another one out and told me to throw that one away.  :-+
Just like my craptacular bedframe... *eyes bd suspiciously, then casts furtive glances around the room*

 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0719FWP3X/

Decent quality and not the cheap end.

Starting to regret switching to it from my HP 50g.


Hummmph. Posh git calculator, that is. When I was a kid, we were lucky to have all 4 arithmetic functions and a scratchpad!!!  :-DD 'ere's a REAL calculator!!!

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19238 on: November 06, 2018, 01:57:35 pm »
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On another forum a guy was arguing that a capacitor wasn't really a capacitor if it wasn't in a circuit.  :palm:

He's a twat, thats like saying a plug is not a plug unless its in a socket? I suppose he'd argue that the world was flat  |O

I don't try to figure 'em out I just report things.  :-DD

And for this week's FAIL:

Found this last night when removing the charger cable from my iPad. I suspect the internal power lines shorted? Device is fine. :palm:

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19239 on: November 06, 2018, 02:01:47 pm »
LOL done that. The strain relief on those cables is shit.

If you take it back to Apple store they'll give you a new one free.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19240 on: November 06, 2018, 02:08:12 pm »

Hummmph. Posh git calculator, that is. When I was a kid, we were lucky to have all 4 arithmetic functions and a scratchpad!!!  :-DD 'ere's a REAL calculator!!!

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Counting all your counters is the first step towards DENIAL.

Calculator?  You had calculators?  We had slide rules in my day.  and my Pa had rocks and chisels and he helped put men on the Moon.

Youngins.  Go figure.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19241 on: November 06, 2018, 02:19:22 pm »
My mother was a calculator for a bit (true story!)

I am seriously tempted by one of these bad boys from Swiss Micros:

 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19242 on: November 06, 2018, 02:48:34 pm »
Hummmph. Posh git calculator, that is. When I was a kid, we were lucky to have all 4 arithmetic functions and a scratchpad!!!  :-DD 'ere's a REAL calculator!!!

Harumph. All I had was a slipstick. Still got it.

Never could get over finding out that pi2=G=10 wasn't true. Never had any problem thinking 1+2*3=9.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19243 on: November 06, 2018, 03:16:11 pm »
Here are my 2 main scientific calculators, of which I have a fair number, also financial and just straightforward 4 bangers, but the Commodore is the default goto for everything. I brought in new many years ago when I was at college and it still works flawlessly today. I also broughty its big brother PR100 (programmable) but the battery is rechargeable and needs replacing, only lasts for approx 30 mins.

The TI-92 was purchased on eBay a few years ago and it also has about 3 manuals and can get very complicated and its let down by its poor screen contrast but it can also be programmed to play games on it like space invaders etc.



 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19244 on: November 06, 2018, 03:22:56 pm »
Here are my 2 main scientific calculators, of which I have a fair number, also financial and just straightforward 4 bangers, but the Commodore is the default goto for everything. I brought in new many years ago when I was at college and it still works flawlessly today. I also broughty its big brother PR100 (programmable) but the battery is rechargeable and needs replacing, only lasts for approx 30 mins.

The TI-92 was purchased on eBay a few years ago and it also has about 3 manuals and can get very complicated and its let down by its poor screen contrast but it can also be programmed to play games on it like space invaders etc.

I have a Sinclair Scientific that almost works as designed. I also have an HP35 in a mahogany case, and a couple of special edition HP32Ss. But most frequently I use an HP15 emulation running under Wine :)

For anything more, I use spreadsheets and Python/Java/whatever as appropriate.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19245 on: November 06, 2018, 03:33:50 pm »
Well that was painful but it's done and it works. About 6 months ago my ISP started charging $10/month for rental of their cable modem. Well, screw that. I bought my own modem and they can shove theirs. But they certainly don't make it easy to register the MAC address even on line but you bastards I figured it out.  :rant:  It works fine and my speed is same as before. 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19246 on: November 06, 2018, 03:36:34 pm »
@Specmaster: I had a TI92 for about 5 years. Seriously powerful bit of kit that. CAS on it is same as the TI89 which is pretty good.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19247 on: November 06, 2018, 04:26:56 pm »
@Specmaster: I had a TI92 for about 5 years. Seriously powerful bit of kit that. CAS on it is same as the TI89 which is pretty good.
Yep, I like TI calcs, I have somewhere around a 55 III, 58C, 30, 81, 85, Business Analyst, and I think maybe a 84 along with a few others from Sharp, Sinclair, Casio etc. Its an early form of GAS and TEA for me  :-DD :-DD :-DD
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19248 on: November 06, 2018, 04:44:59 pm »
85 was another damn good one :)

I had the same thing for a few years as well. I actually a little niche business going buying lots of TI83's at the start of summer when all the students were getting rid of them and the market was saturated for between £6-10 a pop, tidying them up and selling for £40 buy it now at the end of summer. I think I sold nearly 80 one year  :-DD
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #19249 on: November 06, 2018, 05:06:29 pm »

Hummmph. Posh git calculator, that is. When I was a kid, we were lucky to have all 4 arithmetic functions and a scratchpad!!!  :-DD 'ere's a REAL calculator!!!

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Counting all your counters is the first step towards DENIAL.

Calculator?  You had calculators?  We had slide rules in my day.  and my Pa had rocks and chisels and he helped put men on the Moon.

Youngins.  Go figure.



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Here's the only one I have left... I inherited this with a bunch of mics and calipers from my grandfather. Rebranded Relay 150; Celluloid over bamboo, '50s collegiate grade.

Nothing special about it except memories, I'm afraid. *sigh*

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