A useful continuum

Chances product will work efficiently, safely, and properly, as designed and advertised <--------------> Number of superfluous high brightness blue LEDs integrated into product

I have yet to find an exception to this rule.

Robots Experiment

I’m collecting a blacklist of BAD ROBOTS!!!

DO NOT CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK OR YOU’LL BREAK THE SCIENCE!!

Seriously, this link is only for robots that do not respect robots.txt directives. Don’t click it or your user info will pollute the database. The actual link is the period at the end of this sentence. Tiny, so it doesn’t get mistakenly clicked.

And now the links you CAN click:
The data will be visible here – .htaccess format / more info but not suitable for pasting into an .htaccess

Flaky play/pause or cue buttons on a Denon CD player?

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Solution :
A) disassemble the player and resolder these cracked solder joints below the affected buttons
B) instruct DJ(s) to not pound the buttons
C) if B is ineffective, pound on DJ until it is

Shown here : dn-s1000, play button is in the far corner. I’ve seen the same problem on most Denons and a couple of Stantons.

 

When I originally posted this, my phone autocorrected “Denon” to “Demon”. Boy, when these solder joints go bad… you’ll think there IS a demon in your CD player, bent on ruining your DJ sets… 😀

Spork and Speef

Click to view the horror

Say what you will about the American diet as it stands today — at least we don’t have this around anymore. See, food was disturbing as hell in the 70s.
Just ask Betty Crocker.

Onwards to the disturbing gelatinous “Meat” In A Can:

 

Thanks to x-ray delta one on flickr, who has this beautiful set of Regrettable Food pics…..!!

 

The Water Cooled IC-V8000

I’ve always had a soft spot for the way Icom designs their mobile ham rigs. See, someone at Icom realized that hams are ridiculously longwinded and will overheat many commercial grade radios made for the typical 5/5/90 duty cycle (5% TX, 5% RX, 90% standby) easily… so they designed most of their radios with giant passive heatsinks integral with the exterior chassis of the radio. On some of their radios there is a small cooling fan at the back that pushes a little more airflow over the chassis if needed. I used to have an old IC-229H which just had a huge passive heatsink at the back, and there’s an IC-2100H in my parents’ car that just does the whole case/heatsink thing for cooling.

Unfortunately someone, in the process of building an Echolink node around an IC-V8000, thought they needed a bit more cooling and then this happened…

 I don’t entirely understand WHY this was done — the radio has a very large heatsink of its own… or HAD a very large heatsink of its own, as it may be. It’s a 75W radio and could easily be turned down to mid or low power to further reduce heating problems without doing… that.
The images were found on Facebook and I’m presenting them anonymously to protect the guilty party XD
Shown below is an unmolested reference model:
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