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Comment: Oscilloscopes (Score 1) 215

by Foundling (#45477687) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Hardware Lab Bench?
I was an electronics major in high school, and served four years in the Navy before getting a job as a tech at ColorTyme TV rentals. For most of those four years, I was upset that I didn't have an oscilloscope and thought I was missing a limb. ColorTyme had a 'scope for me on my bench, the same model the school had, so I was right at home. The thing is, for the eighteen months I worked there, I barely ever used it. That was in 1989-1990, so I'd assume that they are less needed now. I have a (free) Knight Kit scope from the 1950's now. I used it very little for loudspeaker building and troubleshooting an amplifier over the past ten years, but other than that it gets fired up once a year as a Halloween decoration; I did the "Mad Scientist" gig in 2011 and 2012. I find it hard to justify $3,000 for a new scope meter knowing that it would sit in the garage unused most of the time.

Comment: I did the math... (Score 4, Interesting) 285

by Foundling (#40796869) Attached to: Is TV Over the 'Net Really Cheaper Than Cable?
...and got a divide by zero error. I kept cable internet and dropped cable TV service for a year. I reconnected last night. 1000 channels including HD service. Searching for "Nova" returned no instances of the PBS show; if I want to watch my favorite show, I still need to buy it from iTunes and download it. Jury is still out on the other reason I dropped cable TV; I want to watch WWE Summer Slam in HD, live when it broadcasts (not three months later on DVD). It's not showing up in the listing yet; I'll try again two weeks prior to the event. Haven't tried to find a 2012 BBC Top Gear; had to 'torrent last winter's shows because they won't even sell those to us yanks. The funny thing is, Comcast never asked why I dropped TV service in the first place.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.