tell me more - Translations - some can be figured out, some are humourous, some use words that don't exist, some are totally confusing.
1.1 Accidence of the front panel and user interface
easy-to-use front panel to convenience users to operate them, the panel contains knobs and buttons.
Using this knob can ... Set the Video Linage,
Connect the probe to the oscilloscope and connect the ground terminal to ground before you take any measurements. (well, duhhh!)
Note：If you connect a voltage source to a ground terminal, you may damage the oscilloscope or the circuit under test. To avoid this, do not connect a voltage source to any ground terminals. (again, duhhh!)
When you operate the self Calibration, you should cut all the probes and lead.
...the on-screen lathy rectangle shapes represent the front panel keys.
Turn the "Universal" knob when holdoff time have been to max or min value, now the system will clew this information.
The signal must be mediacy horizontal
When you operate, the screen would display the white (Color LCD) and black (single LCD) repose.
USB Flash Drive Plug In! : This information will appear when you invert the USB Flash Drive to the USB Host port.
Check the attenuation quotiety whether match the probe attenuation proportion or not.
Attempt to change the " coupling" into "HF Reject" or "LF Reject" display, so that the High/low frequency noise disturb the trigger should be filtrated
When you see the signal at the slow speed（from 10μs/div start）, you can capture high-frequency burr which are narrow to 10ns.
It Usually only have dry insulative pollution It must be prospective that it is instant electric because of icing once in a way.
It was the best of 'scopes, It was the worst of 'scopes, it was the age of condensers. it was the age of capacitors, It was the epoch of resistors, it was the epoch of wires, It was the season of LEDs, It was the season of CCDs. It was the spring of coils, It was the winter of diodes, We had everything before internet, we had nothing after the singularity, We were all going straight to engineering Heaven, we were all going direct the other way -- in short the manual was so far like the present manual that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received for Apple or Samsung in the superlative degree of comparison only.
@sheepdoll: It was the best of 'scopes, It was the worst of 'scopes...
Now you have my brain buzzing -- how about:
Elmer Gantry was drunk; he was eloquently drunk, lovingly and pugnaciously drunk, which is why we didn't let him have anything to do with the design of the fine oscilloscope you have in front of you (instead, he wrote this manual).
With apologies to Sinclair Lewis: Elmer Gantry (1926)
Or here's one more
It was the day my grandmother exploded (I always told her she should invest in a better oscilloscope, like the one you now see before you).
With apologies to Iain Banks: The Crow Road (1992)
Max, As you will have discovered when you opened the box, some assembly is required
Slightly off-topic, but this exact scene played out 40 years ago in a Heathkit retail store. A customer came in wanting to buy a radio direction finder for his boat. Brought it to him , he insisted the box be opened so he could see it. Somewhat puzzled, I obliged. He was flabbergasted - had no idea what Heathkit was all about.
@zeeglen: He was flabbergasted - had no idea what Heathkit was all about.
The thing is that it's easy for those of us who do this sort of thing to take a lot of things for granted. Based on this, it's easy for us to forget just how "lost" beginners can be. I'm working on a simple prototype spectrum analyzer just varying the intensity of a LED for each channel -- when I come to write this up, I will include the calculation for working out what series resistors to use with the different colored LEDs depending on whether you are using an MCU with 5.0V or 3.3V I/Os -- I'll do this because the folks who already know can skim over it, but I'm convinced that there will be at least one student or hobbyist who think's to themselves "So that's how it's done!"
The guys at Oscium (who make an amazing iPad-based oscilloscope that I use all the time) just sent me this link to the donkey from the Shrek movie shouting "Pick me! Pick me!" http://youtu.be/Dj3GH5myc3M
When I worked at Extech, I spent many hours rewriting manuals that were translated from Mandarin. Usually, I just three the manual away, learned how to use the instrument, and wrote a new manual from scratch.
If you want to turn your carefully prepared manual into something truly useless try this.
Get on to Google Translate and translate it into another language and then back into English. This is especially entertaining when you use some idomatic expressions. Translating popular songs this way is a real hoot.
Then you'll get some idea as to why many manuals are so useless.
I work in Switzerland and lately I've been dealing with a number of manuals/datasheets written by German companies. At first I despaired at understanding their statements and my coworkers asked me to stop my cursing, when I hit upon the secret. The trick is to read the manuals with English vocabulary but with the grammar rules of the original language! Now the sentences actually make a lot of sense. Of course, I don't speak Chinese or Japanese so most manuals still don't make sense but it's something...
The upside is you learn a lot of new vocabulary. Or when's the last time you heard someone say "forenoon"?
I know someone in Switzerland who freelances doing translation of technicallaterials from German to English. He was an excelent editor in his day, having run Personal Engineering & Instrumentation News.
Usage of the fine instrument that you have purchased is totally intuitive, but should you have a reason to inquire for help, please reference the installed help function which has been very useful for our customers for the past 20 years. To access help, press the mode select button, select other, and select manual operation.
@Stargzer: Beware the wet corner, for therein lurks the skid demon.
That is almost poetic -- I would be happy if all manuals read like this. For example, here's the way an oscilloscope manual should read:
Gently apply the probe to the pin in question. Should the desired waveform appear in full glory on the display, then we offer our heartfelt felicitations; if not, we commiserate and weep with you, and we humbly suggest you join us in the discussions on troubleshooting later in this manuscript.
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