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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36925 on: August 15, 2019, 09:07:41 am »
They’re pretty good still. Polycarb shell over titanium chassis. Very reliable and I’ll take my 22 hour triple battery over the other problems  :-DD

I haven’t left yet but I’m hoping they have some decent stuff. Last time I went was about 1990. They have 10 years of GCHQ on which is of interest at the moment so fingers crossed.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36926 on: August 15, 2019, 09:15:26 am »
Oh hell yeah, a trip there is always worthwhile but it just seems to me at least to impress less each time. They always seemed to have shit loads of smaller displays with push buttons to make them work, nowadays it seems to be full of larger displays cases with multiple exhibits inside them with fewer being automated, but then again, I'm just an old grumpy man these days, looking backwards all the time  :-DD
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36927 on: August 15, 2019, 09:15:28 am »

Hmm....Thinkpads are just a shadow of their former self when IBM used make them, their made by a Chinese company these days and their quality has taken a massive hit.



Not true. Lenovo has really stepped up and kept Thinkpads just as good as when Itty Bitty Morons made them. The IBM mainframe test that I worked in had dozens of latest generation Lenovo Thinkpads as server interfaces and fails were rare. In fact, of the ones that did fail it was mostly the hard drive which Lenovo didn't make anyway. 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36928 on: August 15, 2019, 09:25:25 am »
They had a bit of a problem to content with as well. Much with most things, it is difficult to balance competition with tradition. I think they did pretty good. The new keyboards are much much better than the competition from HP and Apple. I rather like mine.

I missed this though :( https://www.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-25/ThinkPad-25/p/22TP2TTTP25
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36929 on: August 15, 2019, 10:04:29 am »
I like the Dell Precision laptops. I'm currently rockin' a 7520 with Xeon CPU.

They seem well built (Magnesium chassis IIRC) and don't come with firmware rootkits like some of the Lenovo's did.... As far as I know anyway... :P
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36930 on: August 15, 2019, 10:08:16 am »
It seems that Fry's are struggling to keep alive in the USA just the same as many of our hobby stores over here.

 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36931 on: August 15, 2019, 10:37:50 am »
Looks like the ideal place for a remake of this:

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36932 on: August 15, 2019, 11:12:25 am »
Quick one for the time nuts....

On caesium atomic clock from NPL:

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36933 on: August 15, 2019, 11:18:46 am »
It seems that Fry's are struggling to keep alive in the USA just the same as many of our hobby stores over here.




Fry's is mainly in California and a few stores in Texas. And a few stores in the Mid-west. None on the East Coast except Georgia. Never been in one.

They also had a policy of stopping you at the exit and searching your bags AFTER the purchase and verifying the receipt to the contents which used to piss off a lot of people. 

 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36934 on: August 15, 2019, 11:34:15 am »
Quick one for the time nuts....

On caesium atomic clock from NPL:

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That would fit nicely on my bench  :-DD
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36935 on: August 15, 2019, 12:09:16 pm »
Disclaimer: needs new bench.

Another quick picture...  :-+

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Entry to this is free. However a fucking sandwich and coke cost me nearly £9  :--
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36936 on: August 15, 2019, 12:31:56 pm »
As a child I've imagined that one of those would land in our garden so I can play "NASA".  :-DD
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36937 on: August 15, 2019, 12:38:02 pm »
And a Brompton and the Flying Bedstead in shot as well!
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36938 on: August 15, 2019, 01:22:31 pm »
Disclaimer: needs new bench.

Another quick picture...  :-+

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Entry to this is free. However a fucking sandwich and coke cost me nearly £9  :--

So you guys stole a Gemini capsule? Do you realize there's a .gov bureaucrat still looking for it on his inventory list?  :-DD

Sandwich and coke for $10 USD? Reminds me of the $80 USD cheeseburger in Times Square.  :wtf: :-DD 

 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36939 on: August 15, 2019, 01:42:02 pm »
And a Brompton and the Flying Bedstead in shot as well!

Yep. I have more photos of the flying bedstead :)

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36940 on: August 15, 2019, 01:50:05 pm »
So you guys stole a Gemini capsule? Do you realize there's a .gov bureaucrat still looking for it on his inventory list?  :-DD

Sandwich and coke for $10 USD? Reminds me of the $80 USD cheeseburger in Times Square.  :wtf: :-DD
More like $11.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36941 on: August 15, 2019, 01:56:04 pm »
Time to show it the instruments  >:D   

"I have an oscilloscope, and the probes are co-o-o-o-old..."     >:D

I usually start with that warning to cajole my techy things back to some semblance of proper behavior; and normally it is successful.

Not this morning. Not only did it crash, it refused to boot or POST. I woke up to find it totally dark (as it should be) but my mouse glowing faintly green. It gave the usual low "waking" beep, then nothing. Watched it while I ate my entire breakfast and still no signs of life; had to power cycle, whereupon it booted normally.

Hmmmmmm...

SFC & DISM both say file integrity is 100%. So  :wtf: ...   Guess I need to do some memtest abuse and progress from there.

So... what does this machine have in common with my old one that was behaving the same way...?   Video card; migrated to new system. Same AMD Adrenalin video drivers. Same model power supply. Windoze 10. Everything else is different. 

Except, of course, same (l)user. This will, I have no doubt, eventually turn out to be at least partly a PEBKAC error.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36942 on: August 15, 2019, 02:39:29 pm »
Disclaimer: needs new bench.

Another quick picture...  :-+

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Entry to this is free. However a fucking sandwich and coke cost me nearly £9  :--

So you guys stole a Gemini capsule? Do you realize there's a .gov bureaucrat still looking for it on his inventory list?  :-DD

Nah. That's an Apollo capsule, IIRC Apollo 10. Gemini is thinner (only two people!) and looks more like a classic chemistry flask.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36943 on: August 15, 2019, 02:43:11 pm »
Yes. Apollo 10. We stole a Russian one too if that’s any consolation  :-DD. Think it had Tim Peake in it though so we’re excused

Another random image attached. The first web server: Tim Berners-Lee’s NeXTcube:

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36944 on: August 15, 2019, 02:47:36 pm »
Naaahhh, it's good... when I click on it, it comes up vertically aligned. Fuck that fucked-up thumbnail.

It seems that Fry's are struggling to keep alive in the USA just the same as many of our hobby stores over here.

https://www.youtube.com/wzQRwwi6rw8

Yeah, they've been following the same course as CompUSA for at least a decade; relying on closeout sales cash flow to keep the doors open. As long as they keep following the established corporate business model, they're doomed to die by it.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36945 on: August 15, 2019, 02:48:19 pm »
You may have to turn your heads as I’m on a bus and the forum didn’t process the orientation of the image properly.

The funny thing is that when you click it, it's ok.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36946 on: August 15, 2019, 03:19:15 pm »
Disclaimer: needs new bench.

Another quick picture...  :-+

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Entry to this is free. However a fucking sandwich and coke cost me nearly £9  :--

So you guys stole a Gemini capsule? Do you realize there's a .gov bureaucrat still looking for it on his inventory list?  :-DD

Nah. That's an Apollo capsule, IIRC Apollo 10. Gemini is thinner (only two people!) and looks more like a classic chemistry flask.

So you guys stole an Apollo capsule? The black helicopters will hunt down your arse.  :-DD
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36947 on: August 15, 2019, 03:30:10 pm »
We stole them too  :-DD
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36948 on: August 15, 2019, 03:35:41 pm »
Those black helicopters are only dangerous, if Bruce Willis is on board.

I learned that from this nice documentation made by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

IIRC a dead cow on the roof of a car was involved, too.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36949 on: August 15, 2019, 04:54:19 pm »
Disclaimer: needs new bench.

Another quick picture...  :-+

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Entry to this is free. However a fucking sandwich and coke cost me nearly £9  :--
This is true, but on the positive side, I think I'm right in saying that they don't mind if you take your own in but you must consume it in the designated areas. In reality I don't mind the cost so much if the profits actually go towards supporting the museum and not the catering company because if they were to start charging entry, then I fear for its survival. 
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