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Computer Shuts Down Unless You're Wearing Leather

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Tool_maker
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Improper grounding
Tool_maker   2/7/2013 1:00:31 PM
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It is amazing what a difference grounding can make. Years ago I swapped out a changer in my console stereo and was shocked to hear a 60 cycle roar drown out any vinyl disc I tried to play. I had just paid big bucks for the changer so I decided to read the instructions (instructions are only for people who do not know what they are doing) and found a note about grounding and viola end of trouble. It seems the original changer had a gounding wire incorporated in the connection which was missing from the replacement.

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Re: Other problems with clothes and computers
Tool_maker   2/11/2013 12:49:56 PM
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  Dress codes; how quaint that sounds today. I must admit that I often long for the days when you could tell the office personel from the janitorial staff by the clothes they wore. Let me be clear, I am not putting down the janitorial staff. There is something disheartening when a man shows up for an interview as anything other than a lifeguard, wearing flip-flops and a T-shirt. It is equally disturbing to me when I see a teacher wearing the same styles as the students, ie torn & faded jeans and the like.

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Re: Other problems with clothes and computers
mr_bandit   2/11/2013 10:34:25 PM
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I saw a picture of my dad at work at GE in the 60's. I knew he was a manager when the picture was taken - he had a skinny black tie with LONG sleeved white shirt. Before, when he was an engineer, he wore a skinny black tie with a SHORT sleeve white shirt.


One of the things I like about being an engineer: I don't own a tie.

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Re: Ground Strap
notarboca   3/31/2013 11:18:35 PM
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My company once dispatched an engineer to solve an intermittenly working cell site issue.  He soon figured out it worked when it was raining and stopped when it was dry again.  Figuring it was a grounding issue, he rounded the corner outside the building to check the site's earth ground.  What he found was a large copper cable stripped at the end lying in a puddle of water.  The thing was, the site was mostly operational, as it was in the tropics of Bolivia.  A good grounding rod and clamp solved the problem.

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