DIY: IT’s First Acronym

When this pilot fish is the technical advisor on a factory automation project at which needs more terminals — and more serial ports to plug them in to flashback to the times.

“The had been maxed out to RS-232 consecutive ports, but also had room for more boards,” says fish. “We didn’t have the funds to buy a growth cabinet, so that I got to push into Radio Shack, buy two ‘project boxes’ and also a metal nibbling tool, and perform operation.

“I put the RS-232 port block onto the photocopier and printed out copies to use as templates. I pasted those onto the project boxes and utilized the nibbler to cut out space to the four serial ports.

“The new controller board was set up in our creation program, the ribbon cable operate out one of those spare holes at the backplane, connected to the vent block itself, and stopped upward.

“Luckily, there was no smoke involved — it worked the first time. I placed it together with the computer system and put the project box together.

“I then performed the exact same performance to our production box, again without permitting any magic smoke outside.

“There was not much that I did not do on this project…”

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