[time-nuts] Downsizing dilemma, HP 3335A

Pete Lancashire pete at petelancashire.com
Wed Nov 11 12:01:23 EST 2015

I can understand the downsizing, someday it will happen to me. And where I
live there is pretty much zero
interest in anything electronic. The two local schools Portland State and
Reed both have EE but the students
done seem to have any interest in anything physical. they believe
everything they need or have interest in
can be simulated on a computer. I helped one of the PSU EE's one day, just
finished his 2nd year, had an
old Kenwood stereo distorted left output. He pretty much had no idea what
to do, and when 'we' found the
bad transistor, he didn't really know how to replace it.

BTW I know a Comp Sci graduate from PSU that can not write a program in any
language that outputs "Hello World"

-pete Sad

On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 5:08 AM, paul swed <paulswedb at gmail.com> wrote:

> Bill
> It is unfortunate when the time comes to downsize. Even worse as time goes
> by at least for me each piece of test equipment from HP seems to get
> heavier. Must be dust building up inside. So as Ed says if you need that
> fine grain resolution you need them.
> But you are also running into the age thing in the gear and that there are
> failures that creep in that are really a big problem to figure out.
> Especially if some form of programmable logics involved.
> Lastly sending them to the dumpster is the worst thing. But then the ole
> reality really sets in selling packing and shipping the stuff.
> I guess the good news is that today there is a lot of replacement gear that
> will do reasonably well thats cheap respectively consumes little power and
> can easily be controlled by usb so you don't have to actually stop
> experimenting.
> Regards
> Paul
> On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 2:32 AM, ed breya <eb at telight.com> wrote:
> > You don't save these kinds of synthesizers for high frequency coverage,
> > but for their 10 to 11 digit frequency resolution. If you anticipate
> > needing that, then of course they should be kept and fixed. The
> > long-obsolete telecom standard connectors and ranges are pretty much
> > useless - sacrifice that one first if you need parts for the others.
> >
> > If you need to justify keeping them, you can use them for practical
> > everyday applications. For example, each one can store a telephone
> number -
> > as long as the power doesn't go out.
> >
> > Ed
> >
> >
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