If the rest of the world can have tweets of first-world complaints and problems, why not engineers?
Among the funniest things I see on Twitter are #FirstWorldProblems, where people chime in on all sorts of problems that aren’t really problems. For example, "Which of the 10 Starbucks should I visit in my neighborhood?" (Here in Boston, you're likely to have a higher concentration of Dunkin' Donuts than Starbucks in a given area, but you get the idea.)
#FirstWorldProblems made me think that engineers who use test equipment should have our own hashtag, #MyTestProblems (#TestProblems is already used). I'll start things off with from my distinguished colleague, Max the Magnificent, who said in iOS Oscilloscope Gets a Second Channel, "It always comes as an unpleasant surprise when I realize I'm not using a touch screen" when referring to using a PC screen versus a tablet or phone screen.
Here are a few more:
- I hooked up my probes and my DUT died #MyTestProblems
- Made my measurements and found my equipment was out of calibration #MyTestProblems
- Windows crashed when I ran my overnight tests #MyTestProblems
- Someone stole my oscilloscope over the weekend to run another test #MyTestProblems
- Boss said two things we can't buy for the lab this year are hardware and software #MyTestProblems
- What do you mean there's no driver available for my instrument? #MyTestProblems
I think you understand. Now go ahead, post your test-related problems here, and tweet them if you like. Don’t forget to add @EETimes and my twitter handle, @measurementblue, to your tweets.