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Hours-of-usage-meter (mod potential) $6.50
« on: March 09, 2008, 10:11:02 PM »

http://www.bgmicro.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=12796

Postage is in the neighbourhood of $6 and change for Priority.

I'm gonna bolt one on a drive-bay panel as a "combined uptime" indicator.  I LOVE numeric displays in all their forms.
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Re: Hours-of-usage-meter (mod potential) $6.50
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2008, 07:34:22 AM »

Thats pretty cool, just plug it in and let it run. The lack of reset would bother me a bit though.

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Re: Hours-of-usage-meter (mod potential) $6.50
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2008, 01:42:41 PM »

does it turn into hieroglyphics when you don't put in the numbers?
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Re: Hours-of-usage-meter (mod potential) $6.50
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2008, 09:17:32 PM »

MaximusCrasious-- it reminds me of the one mainboard I had which had a bunch of counters in the BIOS for hours-on, hours-connected-to-AC, and power-cycles.  Those weren't supposed to go zero.

I think, X24, you have to hook it to an Apple IIe to do that.
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Re: Hours-of-usage-meter (mod potential) $6.50
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2008, 12:27:37 AM »

It arrived today.

It's smaller than the data listing makes it sound, but deeper than I'd have liked (it probably won't mount directly to my front panel, facing forward)

Size comparison against a Socket 8 Pentium Pro attached


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Re: Hours-of-usage-meter (mod potential) $6.50
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2008, 09:39:16 AM »

Photos, please! :D
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Re: Hours-of-usage-meter (mod potential) $6.50
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2008, 08:03:07 PM »

Wired it up.

It records hours and hundredths, so you get a tick every 36 seconds.  It's a resounding tick, like a mechanical clock, especially compared with the near silence of the PC it's in as a whole (120mm exhaust, quiet Antec PSU, stock quiet Intel CPU fan, fanless video card, quiet hard disc)  Wonder if it can be silenced in any way.

I also wonder about the magnetic field it produces when the solenoid (?) inside kicks-- I suppose it's not near any magnetic storage devices NOW, but what does the future hold?

With the capacity for only 99,999 hours, after about 11 years of non-stop use (or 33 years of eight-hours-a-day), it will therefore overflow.  I do not know what happens at that point, presumably it either jams or counts back to 00000.00

Action shot!  It's installed in a 5.25 bay because this case has a boatload of 5.25" plates-- three hidden behind the lower door-- that can be sacrificed to the cause.



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