Off-topic, but interesting (Fiorina fired)

From: Scott Stevens <>
Date: Sun Feb 13 11:48:12 2005

On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 08:53:36 -0800 (PST)
Vintage Computer Festival <> wrote:

> On Sat, 12 Feb 2005, Philip Pemberton wrote:
> > You've got an LA too then? I've got a HP 1651B - I think I mentioned
> > the software I threw together to grab screendumps off it over GPIB..
> > Anyway, I paid about ?100 for that on ebay (got it from France, so
> > no import duty or VAT to pay)... and ended up waiting six weeks for
> > the seller to find the probe kit. He ended up buying a set of probe
> > pods and splitting it. Last email he ever sent me said "I hope
> > you're happy, you really ate into my profit margin".
> What a doody head. I would have told him I was very happy indeed
> (that I'm not a jerk like him). Sheesh, what a ninny.

I bought a military (US Navy) LCR bridge a few years back on eBay.
Explicitly described in the list of what was included was the Users

The LCR bridge arrived minus the User Manual.

About a week later, the same seller listed photocopies of said User
Manual for $25 apiece!

I raised a little hell in email. Not enough to extract the original
Users Manual (which I was entitled to, but when you're dealing with
dirtbags like that seller, you risk "the manual got eaten by our
junkyard dog's puppies right when I was going to send it" type stuff),
but I did get a free photocopy. A bad photocopy, no less.

But I wouldn't be without that bridge for certain sorts of work (the
ability to measure capacitance and leakage while the part is charged to
400 volts really comes in handy sometimes).

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