Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st Jan 2013 18:55 UTC
Apple Well, this is either incredibly sad or utterly hilarious. Apple will stop selling the Mac Pro in Europe on 1 March... Because it doesn't comply with "new" European regulations that will come into effect that day. I say "new" between quotation marks because said regulation was announced four years ago. The regulation deals with increased protection requirements concerning electrical ports and fan guards. "The new requirements necessitate fan guards and some increased protection on the ports on the electrical system," explained Apple, "Because Mac Pro is not compliant with the regulations, we do want to meet that regulation and therefore not offer Mac Pro beyond 1 March." So, a standards body is faster at updating its standards than Apple is at updating its Mac Pro. It illustrates just how much Apple cares about pro users. The last significant update to the Mac Pro occurred in 2010, but Tim Cook did promise an update to the product later in 2013.
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RE[2]: *sigh*
by tessmonsta on Thu 31st Jan 2013 20:18 UTC in reply to "RE: *sigh*"
tessmonsta
Member since:
2009-07-16

Ungrounded transmitter -> UPS -> 2A USB charger -> Nexus One -> headphones -> ear.

Also made my phone crash.

Admittedly, it was stupid of me to operate the TX without grounding it properly. I was in an apartment at the time with no access to a ground rod, and no proper house grounding. I had run an antenna radial into the apartment which probably induced the current as well. Granted, it was a portable transmitter, so it could operate without a ground if necessary. My current set-up is a lot safer. Thank the Universe I was running QRP at 5 watts instead of a QRO or 100 or I would have needed a run to the hospital.

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RE[3]: *sigh*
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 31st Jan 2013 20:59 in reply to "RE[2]: *sigh*"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I'm glad you're okay, but I don't understand what you were doing. What kind of a transmitter were you using? What was the purpose of hooking it up?

Like a am/fm radio transmitter or an wifi transmitter? Ham radio maybe? What was the relationship between that and the nexus? They just happened to plugged in the same UPS?

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RE[4]: *sigh*
by tessmonsta on Thu 31st Jan 2013 21:17 in reply to "RE[3]: *sigh*"
tessmonsta Member since:
2009-07-16

It was a Yaesu FT817ND transceiver. I was working the 14Mhz Ham Radio band at the time. One of the radials was only a few feet behind me, running basically parallel with the USB/headphone cable combination.

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RE[3]: *sigh*
by jared_wilkes on Thu 31st Jan 2013 21:46 in reply to "RE[2]: *sigh*"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

I voted funny because this is utterly retarded.

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RE[3]: *sigh*
by M.Onty on Fri 1st Feb 2013 11:57 in reply to "RE[2]: *sigh*"
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

I think its fair to suggest that your operating methods were more of a health hazard than the industrial regulation in that instance.

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RE[4]: *sigh*
by tessmonsta on Fri 1st Feb 2013 14:53 in reply to "RE[3]: *sigh*"
tessmonsta Member since:
2009-07-16

I think its fair to suggest that your operating methods were more of a health hazard than the industrial regulation in that instance.


No argument there. It's what I had at the time, and years ago. I learned a lot from that experience, despite the training I had already received to pass three separate license tests. RF can be a tricky thing.

This is also why I'm all for a little more safety in consumer equipment. You don't need a license to own and operate a Mac Pro. Dust is a bigger factor in computers than any transceiver I've cracked open. Children are a lot more likely to be around a running tower computer unattended, which is an X factor in a variety of ways. Although in this instance I'm thinking of tiny fingers exploring fan grilles. Yes, probably only a minor cut and a crying fit, but if a little change in the design can make that a little less likely, why not?

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