CNY Food

While I was depositing the cheques for the company, I noticed that some of the 'regular' stalls outside the bank are already in Chinese New Year mood. I was not interested in those cookies and tit-bits. Until I saw these seaweed crackers. I love these and if I am not mistaken, they came about in the late 90's. But now, here, on this stall, there was another variation: 'spicy'.

Whoa! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Me: How much for this (one?)
Seller: RM14.00. Got hot one also.
Me: Really? Wow. How much for both, then?
Seller: I give you RM27.00.
Me: OK.

So, technically, if I bought 28, it might be free......

Anyway, now I have to hide these along with the chocolate stash I got in Seremban. Don't want the girls to find these out and finish them before Chinese New Year or else visitors would have nothing to eat...... If they come, that is. Ha ha ha ha!

That LED strip III

OK, the prototype's working now, except for a minor problem which is that it glows in the opposite compared to the chip's output. I.e. when the test LED is lit, the strip is not and vice-versa. So, you will notice this very much especially on the slow setting. Not only that, in the video its flickering but in reality, it does not flicker..... much.

Anyhow, tomorrow evening I will try to get it soldered into a stripboard if possible. And the power fed into it must be at 12 volts and no more.

No, this is not the total component as there is
another circuit sharing the same proto-board
and not paying any rent either.

Toshiba Strata DK56

I got a call from the vendor today to have a look at one of their customer's incoming line which is causing a lot of problems for them. Anyway, the vendor hinted that its a very old system. And when it comes to old system, dirt, dust and hidden away are usually the words of the day.

However, when I arrived at the premises, I was pleasantly surprised because the system was very well kept. This is a Toshiba Strata DK56, a 1990's system and its still working fine!

So, it was nicely kept, and properly
Maintained. Whoever did this was
very very good.

Just look at the cabling and you know
what I mean.

And this is how it looks like from the inside. At the
top would be the power supply and battery charger
while at the bottom, starting from the left, would
be the processor card, then the five interface cards
followed by the incoming line card. Even the cabling
is neat and tidy. Wow.