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Tool_maker
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Tool_maker   7/23/2012 1:07:50 PM
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I love stories where people make changes in someone else's project without thinking of or knowing of the damage they could do. I unplugged an extension cord that ran to a copier so I could move a desk to another area and then I was going to replug it. Harmless right.

Well someone else had already disconnected the copier and had a computer plugged in. I pulled the plug and heard one of the book keepers say, "Oh no. I just lost March." I was tempted to quickly reconnect before I was found out, but confessed and had to indure icy stares for a good week or so.

Curt Carpenter
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Enjoyed the story!
Curt Carpenter   7/20/2012 3:32:56 PM
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Surely somebody on your team wanted to rebuild the table on the spot with longer nails?  I would have :-)

Good story.  Made me smile!

Rob Spiegel
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Re: The overlooked obvious
Rob Spiegel   7/13/2012 1:53:38 PM
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We're always looking for Sherlock Ohms stories. If you have more than one, the more the merrier.

streetrodder
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Re: The overlooked obvious
streetrodder   7/13/2012 8:59:28 AM
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Will do.  It's funny, I'm an EE by education, but my best stories are of mechanical fixes.  I'll see if i have any electronic based ones as well.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: The overlooked obvious
Rob Spiegel   7/12/2012 3:30:52 PM
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That sounds great, Paul. By all means send the story along. We'd love to have you run in Sherlock Ohms again.

rob.spiegel@ubm.com

streetrodder
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Re: The overlooked obvious
streetrodder   7/12/2012 2:47:51 PM
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Rob, I do (and did)!

I was the "Case of the Noisy CT" guy  :)

I'm sure I can dig up another if needed.

Growing up on a small farm in Eastern Oregon, I learned how to fix a lot of things with tools/supplies at hand (I have a pickup and baling wire story).  It's served me VERY well in this career and in my hobbies.

Cheers;

Paul

Rob Spiegel
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Re: The overlooked obvious
Rob Spiegel   7/12/2012 2:11:51 PM
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Streetrodder, I'll bet you have some of your own Sherlock Ohms stories. If you do, please send one along. Shoot for 350 words or more, and include a short two- or three-sentence bio.

You can send it to: rob.spiegel@ubm.com

Jon Titus
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Re: The overlooked obvious
Jon Titus   7/12/2012 10:26:06 AM
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As best I can recall, the students ran tests in a section of pipe for their project, so they could pull out the robot in case of problems.  Maybe they used a low-tech retrieval system--string.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: The overlooked obvious
Rob Spiegel   7/11/2012 8:50:17 PM
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Hey, Jon, were they able to retrieve the robot once they lost communications with it?  I would think they would lose control of it when communication stopped.

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Re: The overlooked obvious
Jon Titus   7/11/2012 7:22:22 PM
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On the southwest corner of the campus at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA) stands a stone building used some time ago as a magnetics and electricity lab. It contains no magnetic materials. Read a short history and see a photo here: http://www.wpi.edu/about/tour/skull.html.  The street-car line no longer exists.  I cannot vouch for the veracity of stories about the Skull society and any "secret" ceremonies.

 

I heard a story about engineering students who created a wireless robot that would crawl through metal pipes. The robot would into the pipe, but at exactly the same point it would stop communicating.  Turned out the pipe formed a nice waveguide and acted like a dead short for the RF, so communications ended abruptly.  My memory is a bit hazy, so maybe some other waveguide effect caused loss of comms--I'm not a microwave guy.

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