@David: ...now you have one in your hot sticky hand, what do you think of them?
For th eprice ($2.50) they are brilliant -- not the best accuracy and certainly not a lot of precision -- but for something to slip in your back pocket or travelling toolkit - -just to be able to chesk "this and that" -- they are GREAT
@Max....now you have one in your hot sticky hand, what do you think of them? My feeling is - not top quality by any means, but good features in somethings so small, and adequate for a toolkit. Buy sa small cheap camera bag to keep it in, along with the original probes plus a set of alligator leads (AND a spare battery!) and you have something really useful.
@David: FYI -- Those QM-1502 multimeters you recommended from Jaycar came in -- I bought 11 at US$2.50 each (because they have a $25 minimum) -- I've got one in my travelling toolkit and I'm giving the rest away as "stocking stuffers"
@Salbayeng - was it the thin meter with a foldover case you got, or the Jaycar type one?
I had a super small (almost credit card size) meter I got from a Tandy but it also did not survive long. One problem with these meters is that the leads go straight into the meter and they will almost certainly fail there. The Jaycar one uses standard 4mm Banana plugs which I think is a plus.
Ok Seen these, one of the fun things to do on field trips is to compare your toolkit with your colleague's. So after the obligatory Mick Dundee quote "call that a knife" , discovered the guys from Canada had this neat leatherman knife, like you described, with the tiny bits , and proceeded to do a hard disk swap on a laptop with it.
My favourite is a tiny little knife from radio shack, that has excellent wire cutters and strippers as well as screwdrivers/knife etc. It fits on your keyring so you always have it with you. Sadly I leave it at home now to avoid getting it confiscated at airline check-ins.
I think different people do it different ways. It was new to me when I came over here. The way they play it in my wife's family is that everyone buys a single gift (they specify some maximum amount you can spend). They then draw numbers for who goes in which order.
All the presents are gift wrapped and on a table in the middle of the room. The first person chooses whatever gift they like the look of -- then unwrap it to see what it is.
The next person does the same -- additionally they can decide to keep their gift, or exchange it with the first person.
Similarly, subsequent people can keep their gifts or exchange them with any of the preceding gifts.
At the end of the day, each person only has to purchase a single gift and each person ends up with a single gift.
Personally, I find it to be a pain in the rear end, but that's family for you LOL
Calm down Karen :-) If it's what I think, in Aussie we call it "Secret Santa". People put their name and a VERY rough idea of what they want on a piece of paper, the papers are then put into a hat and everyone draws one. You then have to buy something for the person whose paper you drew. Is that it Max??
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