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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Mike, Oct 25, 2003.

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  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

  2. Looks like a cookie to me. Some guy's got a three-pin plug base and
    plonked it into cookie mix. Bake for 20 minutes at 190'C and
    hey-presto - Bob's your uncle.
     
  3. P.S. I notice you're in New Mexico and discovered this on a hike.
    There are a lot of US government installations in the desert in Nevada
    and New Mexico that no doubt have interesting sensors and such like
    around them. The (high speed interstate-quality but unmarked) road
    leading to Groom Lake, for example, has some "cactus" plants in the
    open areas that are unlike those in surrounding areas. Perhaps it is a
    people (urine, movement etc.) sensor for detecting bad guys.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
     
  4. maxfoo

    maxfoo Guest


    back in the 70s or 80s they used to put rejected semiconductor parts
    in with cement and pave cement roads in california. they probably did
    the same in new mexico.
     
  5. Hot rock for a lizzard ????

    ;)
     
  6. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    I used to design electronic electric (KWH) meters, so I bought a
    couple of Consumertronics' publications on how to cheat meters, just
    so I'd know the tricks. The stuff was expensive, poorly written and
    copied, and absolute, idiotic crap.

    John
     
  7. nospam

    nospam Guest

    Looks like the bottom of a TO-5 transistor socket to me. The pin dimensions
    are exactly right. I have some black glass filled nylon ones 9.5mm
    diameter, would not be at all surprised to find 8mm diameter white ceramic
    ones were made.

    "Rounding at the ends of the pins/rods indicate some long-term wear"

    More like someone tinned them with a soldering iron.

    Lost ancient civilisations also used to build their electronics on a 0.1"
    pitch - how quaint.

    How come it got sprayed with paint half way through the photo session?
     
  8. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Actually, Spehro, it's not me that's in New Mexico, it's John Williams
    (MSEE). I stumbled across his site by accident, after running into another
    web page by the same guy, which explains the construction of the great
    pyramids (hydraulically driven winches, pumps, elevators, and so on).

    http://www.tsc-global.com/cheops.html

    He's published all this in a convenient 25,100 word publication, with the
    following disclaimer: "As Consumertronics policy uniformly applied to all
    of its publications, Consumertronics assumes no responsibility for anything
    it publishes."

    His home page is a wonder to behold. Be forewarned that everything there is
    "eye-popping." Failure to wear protective eyewear is your problem.

    http://www.tsc-global.com/

    -- Mike --
     
  9. Tim Auton

    Tim Auton Guest

  10. Frank Bemelman wrote...
    "pin/rod spacing is 2.5 mm" that's the familiar standard
    0.1"-spacing connector insert, e.g. within three-pin DIN
    plugs, etc.

    Thanks,
    - Win

    whill_at_picovolt-dot-com
     
  11. Leon Heller

    Leon Heller Guest

  12. Oh, I didn't notice that. I suppose that's too small and fragile
    for Fred Flintstone. It may have belonged to one of the 7 dwarfs
    then. The pins are very short also, 3mm. The 4th pictures shows
    a hole, probably the exit for the cable. The open-circuit on
    all pins, tells me that it is broke. That explains why the
    dwarfs have thrown it away ;)
     
  13. Yes, also, making something deliberately that *looks* like a rock is
    pretty easy using polymer materials. They are typically relatively low
    density compared to real ones; you'd never be fooled if you hefted
    one.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
     
  14. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    LOL- so you actually can be funny on occasion. That gizmo is very likely
    a relic from geophysical exploration/prospecting used to detect pressure
    wave from test explosion. The rock is about the size of a chip from a
    larger initial installation, or may have been just a practice piece.
    That type of hole can be cut with water jets and the sensor cemented in
    place. But as for this Williams nutcase, he should remove the plug to
    discover micro-etched directions to a location containing time-capsule
    archives of the previous advanced civilization, all of their ancient
    secrets, and how they met their demise. That's so exciting-yawn...
     
  15. LOL, THAT'S IT!!! :)
     
  16. Fred Abse

    Fred Abse Guest

  17. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

  18. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    That *does* look just like a Switchcraft mic connector. They are,
    incidentally, great, cheap, rugged connectors, excellent for
    instrumentation or connecting rocks.

    John
     
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