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antedeluvian
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Re: Maybe...
antedeluvian   8/15/2014 9:38:59 PM
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David

..."It's your Australian accent"      When I phone my mom in England she says "oh, you sound so Australian".

Thanks for the segue into my favourite story. Let me say (for the readers) that like in any country the accent of the spoken language (English in the case of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe) fills a spectrum. In Zimbabwe the range is from very close to the Queen's English (which I suspect David uses) to a middling South African accent. The South African accent in its extreme can be as harsh or evn harsher than a broad Australian accent. My accent, for several possible reasons including the fact that I lived in South Africa for 13 years, tends strongly to the South African.

When I first got to Canada there was no internet as we know it, and I wanted some data on some IC or another. I phoned the company in California, requested that the data be mailed to me and proceeded to give my address, ending with the usual flourish- "Ontario, Canada". "Oh," said the lady I was speaking to, "that explains your accent!"

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David Ashton   8/15/2014 7:27:39 PM
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@Max..."It's your Australian accent"      When I phone my mom in England she says "oh, you sound so Australian".  I told this to my mates at work and they could not stop laughing.

But then I have taught my workmates some useful Afrikaans words,,,like

Bliksem - loosely equates to "Bastard" but probably not as strong

Snaaks - very strange

Vrot (pronounced Frot) - literally "rotten", but can be applied to anything bad

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   8/15/2014 10:16:18 AM
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@David: Maybe you misunderstood me...

It's your Australian accent...

David Ashton
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David Ashton   8/14/2014 6:16:12 PM
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@Max... "One possible problem with this approach is that if you cut the banana plug off the lead, you might lose the 1M Ohm resistor "

You do like to make life difficult.  Modify the mains lead as above, and put a banana socket on the green wire to plug your wrist strap / grounding mat into.  

Maybe you misunderstood me...I meant to use an IEC mains lead, such as you would plug into the back of a PC....and cut the IEC plug off??

In any case, I'd agree that Wnderer's gadget is a much better solution....

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Re: BEWARE: Ground wires can fail
Max The Magnificent   8/14/2014 3:37:27 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: ...here's the link to my article ESD wrist-strap insulation decomposes.

I shall bounce over there immediately to ridicule you some more LOL

MeasurementBlues
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Re: BEWARE: Ground wires can fail
MeasurementBlues   8/14/2014 3:33:08 PM
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@Max, here's the link to my article ESD wrist-strap insulation decomposes.

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Re: BEWARE: Ground wires can fail
mhrackin   8/14/2014 12:21:16 PM
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Damn!  Got down to the cafe, and they decided to NOT make the jambalaya today!  Had to settle for a barbecue sandwich with cole slaw instead..... but the song is still in my head! 

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Re: BEWARE: Ground wires can fail
mhrackin   8/14/2014 12:06:44 PM
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Good suggestion (:)>).  I'll enjoy the next cup with a lunch of sausage and chicken jambalaya, accompanied by the Hank Williams song running through my head.

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Re: BEWARE: Ground wires can fail
Max The Magnificent   8/14/2014 12:01:31 PM
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@mhrackin: ...after I have emptied the mug and my bladder...

So long as you don't empty the latter into the former, all will be well...

mhrackin
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Re: BEWARE: Ground wires can fail
mhrackin   8/14/2014 11:36:15 AM
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you're right as usual....I'm only halfway through mug #3 of the day.  Fresh pot is brewing and should be ready in a few minutes, after I have emptied the mug and my bladder.

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