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zeeglen
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Re: Having a flashback
zeeglen   8/13/2013 7:17:22 PM
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>Has a piece of equipment suffered at your hands?

Yes, a beautiful and expensive HP bit error ratio tester was connected to my breadboard as I was disconnecting the bench power supplies.  A stray wire (the breadboard +5V) found its way into the hot slot of the large AC power bar running along the back of my bench.  I don't think I need to elaborate on what happened to the BERT, let alone the breadboard.

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Max The Magnificent   8/14/2013 3:26:37 PM
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@zeeglen: A stray wire (the breadboard +5V) found its way into the hot slot of the large AC power bar running along the back of my bench.

Ooooh -- that must have brought tears to your eyes!

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Fetid water
kfield   8/14/2013 6:17:36 PM
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Max, kind of ironic how all your safety equipment made you more vulnerable in what sounds like fairly trecherous working conditions. Made me start wondering what else was in that murky water you were splashing around in!

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Re: Lost at the bottom
Caleb Kraft   8/15/2013 7:48:56 AM
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Some lucky fish is down there thanking you while it can now finally see!

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