Archive for the ‘name that ware’ Category

Winner, Name that Ware March 2019

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

The ware for March 2019 is the photoflash unit from a Canon IXY10S camera. I’ll go with Roger Gammans as the winner, for being the first to correctly note the manufacturer. Congrats, email me for your prize! I do find it interesting that different manufacturers can have recognizable styles; every designer leaves a thumbprint in the subtle choices that must be made to navigate a huge decision tree of trade-offs.

Also, I love that the IGBT in that device is rated for 150 amps. :) Of course, the rating is just for a very short pulse, but still, it’s in a TSSOP-8 package!

Name that Ware, March 2019

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

The Ware for March 2019 is shown below.

Thanks to Akiba for donating this ware from his bin o’ busted gadgets!

Winner, Name that Ware February 2019

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

The Ware for February 2019 is the old circuit breaker on my flat. It’s a classic, perhaps from the 70’s or earlier; the outer case is so weather-beaten, none of the markings are legible except for the rated capacity (40A). The breaker had been getting progressively more fussy, tripping at random times of the day, so it was time for it to go and get replaced with a new one. It’s definitely annoying to have your power go out at random intervals once every couple weeks. Since it was going into the bin, I figured I’d take it apart and see what I could learn from it. Gratz to phantom deadline for guessing it very quickly (again), email me if you’d like to collect another prize!

Name that Ware February 2019

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

The ware for this month is shown below:

One of the ideas of name that ware is to learn by taking apart everyday objects. This one came across my desk under unfortunate circumstances, which lead to me dissecting it and snapping a couple photos to share!

Also, in the pantheon of wires I have known, the wire below holds a special place: it was literally part of me for several months. In fact, if you look very closely, you can still see bits of me attached to the wire.

Most interesting is how my body built a custom cable chase for the wire as the bones healed:

Now if I can only get my robots to learn this trick, it’d save me a lot on zip ties…🤔

Winner, Name that Ware January 2019

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

The winner for January 2019 is Adam! Congrats, email me to claim your prize. This ware was an easy one, but I love retro-wares like this TI PHP1500 speech synthesizer. One of my first real hardware projects was building a SPO-256 based speech synthesizer card for my Apple II back in high school, so this one is particularly nostalgic for me.

Thanks again to Jesse for contributing this ware!