but in the end a rehash of what is now old tech. Good price point, though.
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Working in a building that's an annex to a hospital, our mains supply gets interrupted as rudely as possible one a month whilst they test the emergency supply. The off part isn't the problem. When they throw the breakers at the substation to turn it all back on, there appears to be a massive spike that travels along the neutral wire attempting to reach ground wherever it can. That appears to be very often through the PSUs of PCs whose owners have decided that switching it off at the mains socket is just as good as unplugging it, like they are repeatedly told to do. The switch mode controller gets stressed by this and gives up the ghost at some point in the next few days. The usual symptom is that it starts with my PSU tester connected and sometimes if you disconnect the HDDs etc. A swap out to a known good usually settles the matter.
Without fail I have two or three bad PSUs a month. Oddly enough, I've only once had an Apple go down to this, and that was one of the blue and grey G3s that used modified generic PC PSUs. Maybe Apple owners have just learnt that it takes forever to repair one and costs a bomb?
Anyway, so I keep a stock of three OCZ 600Ws on the shelf. I can get a PC up and going again within 15 minutes. Or so I thought.
Whip off the case of someone's 6 month old Fujitsu... f***ing 12V only PSU. I don't have a tester for it, and I haven't got a spare 12V. Three weeks later, the replacement part arrives, costing around £60 + delivery. And can you get a pre-built PC with an ATX supply nowadays? Unlikely. No matter how much I rant at the suppliers they are determined to go down this route where you cannot replace a PSU without going to them, and you cannot uprate the PSU (say to match a GPU board) at all.
My daughter bought a replacement laptop PSU from Leeds market for £5. She complained the laptop's charging socket must be broken (I bought her a new HP business laptop to go to uni with) as the thing would charge for 10 minutes then shut out and she had to wiggle it about to get it to start charging again. Annoyingly, none of the official HP PSUs I had shipped to her fitted the laptop physically. For some reason the listed part number was wrong, as was the part number stencilled onto the side of the original PSU.
When she eventually brought it home with her, I put it on my test bench and, sure enough, it charged for 10 minutes then cut out. I went to unplug the cord and burnt my fingers quite badly on the plug. After letting it cool and dissecting the wire, I found the actual copper core was so thin I wouldn't even use it for a doorbell, and the soldering in the plug was so bad that it was heating up the plug and tripping a thermal cutout HP had thoughtfully provided next to the charging port.
Needless to say she got an extra lecture or two once I'd found out exactly where she'd bought the PSU from and how much she'd paid.
is going to be energy starvation. Our economies have become bloated and many societies unsustainable without exploitation of fossil reserves. We are likely to see hyper-inflation, fuel poverty and governments will be unable to respond to the demands of a society that is consuming more than it produces.
Just my two-pennyworth.
They'd last about 20-30 minutes in the higher radiation environments, which is about how long it takes you to use up your store of neurotransmitters once you've lost the ability to synthesise more due to nucleic acid damage and damage to transcription enzymes, endoplasmic reticulum etc. The nervous system is, like a robot's CPU, the weak spot.
"And since you've been so good to poor old Granny, I'll share a secret with you. This is no ordinary apple. It's a magic wishing apple."
"A wishing apple?"
"Yes. One bite, and all your dreams will come true."
"Yes, girlie. Now, make a wish, and take a bite."
Paris because, well, she's not Snow White.
I hope he does something about the appalling quality of the news feeds coming out of BBC news now. I tend to read the BBC on their iOS app, and there are so many missing words, misspelled words, truncated paragraphs etc. And it didn't used to be like that 6 months ago.
XBox is now pretty well penetrated into the living rooms of the UK and USA at least. Some kudos there for TV manufacturers buoyed on by the news that smart TVs are the new big thing, putting a games console into the TV seems a logical step... have Apple done themselves a disservice by not pursuing a games console? Perhaps it would benefit TV manufacturers to come up with a standard for a plug in "console on a card" format so that punters can pick and choose which "whatever TV" hardware they want integrated. Or even put a standard size bracket on the back to hold the boxes and a USB output from the integrated TV remote (which is really what the advantage to integration is), or provide "through" signals from the IR pickup on the front of the TV.
"that book isn't the real Koran"
Try setting light to one, and you'll quickly see just how "real" it is perceived to be!
I do agree with you though. Until it is read, understood, believed etc. it's merely ink and paper.
Analogy - colour. What exactly is it?
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