Winner, Name that Ware September 2016

October 31st, 2016

The ware for September 2016 is a ColorVision Sypder-series monitor color calibrator.

Congrats to North-X for naming the ware, email me for your prize!

Name that Ware, September 2016

September 25th, 2016

The Ware for September 2016 is shown below.

Thanks to J. Peterson for sharing this ware!

Winner, Name that Ware August 2016

September 25th, 2016

After reading through the extensive comments on August’s ware, I’m not convinced anyone has conclusively identified the ware. I did crack a grin at atomicthumbs’ suggestion that this was a “mainboard from a Mrs. Butterworth’s Syrup of Things sensor platform”, but I think I’ll give the prize (please email me to claim it) once again to Christian Vogel for his thoughtful analysis of the circuitry, and possibly correct guess that this might be an old school laser barcode scanner.

The ware is difficult to evaluate due to the lack of a key component — whatever it is that mounts into the pin sockets and interacts with the coil or transformer near the hole in the center of the circuit board. My feeling is the placement of that magnetic device is not accidental.

A little bit of poking around revealed this short Youtube video which purports to demonstrate an old-school laser barcode mechanism. Significantly, it has a coil of similar shape and orientation to that of this ware, as well as three trimpots, although that could be a coincidence. Either way, thanks everyone for the entertaining and thoughtful comments!

Name that Ware August 2016

August 19th, 2016

The Ware for August 2016 is shown below.

Thanks to Adrian Tschira (notafile) for sharing this well-photographed ware! The make and model of this ware is unknown to both of us, so if an unequivocal identification isn’t made over the coming month, I’ll be searching the comments for either the most thoughtful or the most entertaining analysis of the ware.

Winner, Name that Ware July 2016

August 19th, 2016

The Ware for July 2016 was a board from a Connection Machine CM-2 variant; quite likely a CM-200.

It’s an absolutely gorgeous board, and the sort of thing I’d use as a desktop background if I used a desktop background that was’t all black. Thanks again to Mark Jessop for contributing the ware. Finally, the prize this month goes to ojn for a fine bit of sleuthing, please email me to claim your prize! I particularly loved this little comment in the analysis:

The board layout technique is different from what I’ve been able to spot from IBM, SGI, DEC. Cray used different backplanes so the connectors at the top also don’t match.

Every designer and design methodology leaves a unique fingerprint on the final product. While I can’t recognize human faces very well, I do perceive stylistic differences in a circuit board. The brain works in funny ways…