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I'm really missing the fun of keeping the turbo spun-up, and the kick-in-the-back of a stick shift.
Driving the automotive equivalent of a PS2 is dull. I call it "the milk float"

I even tested a VW plug-in hybrid with a dual-clutch, flappy paddle thing, but it just wasn't the same.
(that, and the fact that the 30km-range battery (whoop-de-do) took up all the space my scuba gear is supposed to live in, plus, I don't trust VW. And there was no spare wheel.)

Avoid dual clutch gearboxes like the plague.
Overly complicated device that tries to guess your next move.
Everything runs on smoke, let the smoke out, it stops running....


Oct 03, 2020, 06:00 am Last Edit: Oct 03, 2020, 06:07 am by TomGeorge
My home DMM, less than $30.00 AUD, died yesterday, so must look inside and see what I can hack/use.

I went to my local electronics supplier this morning and picked up this;

  • Voltage ac: 400mV, 4V, 40V, 400V, 600V (±0.8%+6d)
  • Voltage dc: 400mV, 4V, 40V, 400V, 600V (±0.5%+4d)
  • Current: 400µA, 4000µA, 40mA, 400mA, 20A (dc ±1.0%+10d), (ac ±1.5%+10d)
  • Ohms: 400, 4k, 40k, 400k, 4M, 40M Ω (±0.8%+1d)
  • Temperature: -20°C to 1000°C (±1.0%+10d)
  • Freq. range: 1Hz to 30MHz (±0.5%+4d)
  • Continuity: Less than 50Ω (±10Ω)
  • Capacitance: 4nF, 40nF, 400nF, 4µF, 40µF, 200µF 3(±3.5%+8d)
  • Transistor test: Measures hFE
  • Diode test: Included­
  • Display: 3.75 digit LCD, 3999 count

$53.50 AUD.. So I have upsized.

CAT II meter with a set of nice CAT III leads and good backlight.

Tom... :)

Everything runs on smoke, let the smoke out, it stops running....


This week, built a PC based on the AMD Ryzen 5 to replace my main system that had a motherboard failure. But the bigger change is a leap from W10 Pro to Linux Mint. I like it so much, I plan to give a donation. MS will never get another penny from me unless it's via a refurbished system or gift.
  ... with a transistor and a large sum of money to spend ...
Please don't PM me with technical questions. Post them in the forum.


Getting a project sorted out for Halloween crazed 4yo grandson.
Got these Gravity UART MP3 voice modules.

Works well, but makes clicking noise when changing volume, will have to investigate.

Tom... :)
Everything runs on smoke, let the smoke out, it stops running....

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