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 Post subject: I am becoming too senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sat 18, 2023 7:19 pm 
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and I am scaring myself.. I fired up my seldom used HP 4345A counter today to make is was still working. Ran signal from my HP 8660D and checked the ranges... the 100uS range was showing gating, but a weird .8.8.8.8 pattern. All the higher time periods worked. I ended up dragging a donor parts unit out of the cellar and proceeded to do board by board by swaps, including the front panel. After wasting five hours it dawned on me the counter was fine, it was simply reporting that the default 1 MHz 8660D power up default was way too low for the 100uS sample period. Mea culpa. I hate getting old and senile, and this is the price I have been paying lately. At least I have some idea what spare boards are still good. Any one else care to share some special senile moments? Pete

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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming to senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sat 18, 2023 7:45 pm 
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We are not getting old and senile!

We are experiencing a re-learning curve. What used to be a LOG curve is now nearly vertical :roll: Bet you won't forget when seeing "8.8.8s" again...

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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming to senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sat 18, 2023 7:55 pm 
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Some good parts of getting senile-jokes are always new and funny…

But, as stated earlier, one has the opportunity for continuous learning…


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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming to senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sat 18, 2023 8:04 pm 
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Let's call it "brain fog". That seems to be a mantra even younger people use a lot, especially after too much partying.


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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming to senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sat 18, 2023 8:11 pm 
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I'm certainly getting that way, both mentally and physically, at 78.

SOME special senile moments? Oh hell, ya got all day? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming to senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sat 18, 2023 8:57 pm 
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Peter Bertini wrote:
and I am scaring myself... Pete


You're in good company here, Pete. I often come in from the shop/lab/shack and tell my wife,

"I scare me!"

So far we just try to laugh at ourselves and carry on.

After all, 80 trips around the sun will do things to a person's mind and body!

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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming to senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sat 18, 2023 9:33 pm 
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Age doesn't necessarily have anything to do with it...

Stress does.... ALOT...

Been there, done that, own the t-shirt rights...


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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming to senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sat 18, 2023 9:46 pm 
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Looking and not finding the audible tone during alignment with the generator modulation turned off.


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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming to senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sat 18, 2023 10:33 pm 
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I started writing up "cheat-sheets" for the procedures & setups that I seldom use after I realized that I was spending more time re-reading my test equipment operating manuals than actually using the darned things...


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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming to senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sun 19, 2023 1:27 am 
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arts wrote:
I started writing up "cheat-sheets" for the procedures & setups that I seldom use after I realized that I was spending more time re-reading my test equipment operating manuals than actually using the darned things...


Haha!! I'm glad I'm not the only one :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming too senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sun 19, 2023 1:34 am 
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Pete, I read this 2 hours and 33 minutes before turning 78. Earlier today, in a conversation with an ER doc, I couldn't remember the abbreviation for the gizmo on our ambulance for shocking the heart back to a normal rhythm (AED, for automated external defibrillator). For an ex-EMT that should be like knowing my name.

Yesterday I had a couple of similar brain farts (brain fog is longer lasting). Just could not retrieve a couple of names from my mental memory bank.

Tick, tick, tick... In a little over two hours I will turn 78. I'm not crazy about being reminded.

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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming too senile to keep up...
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Get up and walk to the kitchen, forget why you went to the kitchen, go back to where you came from to find out the answer.


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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming too senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sun 19, 2023 2:57 am 
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Dale Saukerson wrote:
Get up and walk to the kitchen, forget why you went to the kitchen, go back to where you came from to find out the answer.

SOMETIMES. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming too senile to keep up...
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So do you go again to the kitchen after realizing you were just there? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming to senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sun 19, 2023 3:48 am 
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dholland wrote:
Age doesn't necessarily have anything to do with it...

Stress does.... ALOT...


Ding ding ding. We have a winner. I was just going to post this. I'm 46 and have some of those types of moments. Why isn't this working. Walk away for a minute then it dawns on me what I missed. And I can tell it gets worse when I have some laundry list of BS going on.

It does get worse with age though.

Reminds me of a video I saw once. (Funny remembering something when talking about forgetfulness.) But interesting to watch, and might help differentiate the signs in yourself and others. It's titled forgetfulness vs Alzheimer's, but it deals with dementia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhr64dZoGsQ

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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming too senile to keep up...
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If I could remember what I was supposed to be doing, I would be dangerous, so there's that about it.......... a bigger problem is remembering stuff from decades ago which is totally useless to know today. That takes up too many brain cells to store other, much more helpful information.

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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming too senile to keep up...
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What is this post about again?

I’d be concerned as well, but I’ve been forgetting stuff since I was 20. I blame it on finite capacity trying to contain infinite wisdom. :-D. There comes a point where each new bit stored pushes an existing one out.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Good thing I won’t remember it tomorrow

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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming too senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sun 19, 2023 1:07 pm 
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One of the highlights of Alzheimer’s disease is meeting new people everyday. If you can remember how you stuffed up you likely haven't got it.

When you put the electric kettle on the gas stove to heat it (yes! know a 90 year old that did it), then it was time, as this family did, to put mother into the home for the terminally bewildered.

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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming too senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sun 19, 2023 1:59 pm 
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I've lost my car a couple of times by not concentrating on exactly where I parked it. Once I really thought it had been stolen and then saw it a full block down the street from where I thought I had left it.

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 Post subject: Re: I am becoming too senile to keep up...
PostPosted: Mar Sun 19, 2023 2:08 pm 
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Retired Radio Man wrote:
I've lost my car a couple of times by not concentrating on exactly where I parked it. Once I really thought it had been stolen and then saw it a full block down the street from where I thought I had left it.

RRM



Someone did write in a car magazine that tagging the car in a multi story car park with the GPS was not a good move. The keyless entry zapper can help find it in an underground car park.

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