No, this isn't about Susan Summer's Thighmaster or that treadmill in the corner you NEVER use.
I have this old National Institute of Technology analog exerciser I think I got from my days as a student at MATC at one of the school's rummage sales back in 2001. Anywho, some of it works, some of it doesn't and I've had it sitting on a shelf for years and I finally decided today to fix and restore it, and start using it for my hobby. Not directly Atari related, but a tool for my Atari hobby.
Anyway, while looking things over at eye-level I noticed a capacitor that looks suspicious...what do you guys think? Could it be an issue?
It's basically a powered electronics bread-board for pre-prototype circuit testing. If you think that's interesting, I have something even better to show you, and the reason I hadn't bothered fixing this device until now...I have lots of electronic tool gadgets, the only thing missing, which I had at one time, but sold it when I needed some cash, was an Oscilloscope. I still need to get another one of those, though I have a multimeter that can connect via RS232 port and gives me a virtual oscilloscope on my PC...picture to follow...
"I mistrust consensus, because in general, most stupid people really like to agree with a majority."- Nolan Bushnell
Ok, here is my P.A.D ( Power supply Analog Digital) trainer. The first thing I did in my first basic electronics class was to assemble this thing from a kit, bare board fitting all components. Basically a crash-course on learning to read schematics and soldering, on our own time, while learning everything else in class and lab. The picture of it I grabbed off the net, as mine is currently buried in a storage shed. Which is why I'm fixing the exerciser I have on hand, until I can dig my good one out. for very large circuits, or connecting several different ones together, this is easily expandable by combining with more simple bread boards like the one at the bottom.
Looks like some of the trainer kits Heathkit did...Great kits, way over priced...(Miles better than our Maplin version though)
This trainer is from some company called R.S.R Electronics, Inc.
But I can tell you it used top quality components, and it better have, as this was an expensive bit of kit too, sold through the school just like text books, I don't recall how much though. But just like the overpriced text books, it's all a drop in the bucket compared to tuition, and payed for with loans and grants, scholarships, etc.
Heathkit products are rock-solid. I'm pretty sure my old Oscilloscope was Heathkit, it was modular too, I had 2 of 3 upgrade modules in mine, and there was a plate covering a space for another. I don't recall what the upgrade module was for though, it seemed like the Oscilloscope already had more functions than I ever needed. And already an antique from the 60's when I bought it from the tech school rummage sale in 2000. Worked great still and rock-solid.