It's Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, the day our Saviour chose to die for us.

Beaten, spat upon and mocked.

So badly beaten his friends could barely recognise Him.
(Isaiah 52:14)
Flayed with a whip called a Flagrum or a scourge.

Leather thongs with bits of metal woven into the ends.
The Romans also called this a Scorpio, from the word
scorpion. It was a whip with a bite.

It was not unheard of for the Crucifixion victim to die
from the effects of the flagrum and never make it to the cross.

Imagine that, not only the Crucifixion, but first the scourging,
after the scouring, Jesus had to carry His own cross,
packing it on his already ripped up back...

Then, once on the cross, the effect of the scourging
would again come into play. Struggling for air due
to the position the victim was hung in, they would push
themselves up with their legs to pull in air, only to
have the rough wooden cross tear at their already
raw backs, and the nails in the hands and feet
would cause them excruciating pain as well, forcing
them to drop and exhale. Starting the cycle all
over again. Hour, after hour, after hour.

The word excruciating, as in excruciating pain, is
though to come from the word crucifixion, that
gives you some idea of what the Romans thought of
the process, so evil they thought it, even though
the often used it, it was illegal to crucify a Roman
citizen, except under the most extreme of

Think about it, Jesus knew this was the process
but went through with it anyway...

For the sake of His and His Father's creation.

Think about it.


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
 Felicem Annum Novum (tibi exopto)!

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! 


Isaiah 9:6-7New King James Version (NKJV)

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Misused Terminology

I am tired of the co-opting of common (or even not so common) terminology.

One of my pet peeves, as people may know, is the misuse of the term drone.
 It isn't a drone unless it has a degree of autonomy in flight, otherwise, it is an unmanned aerial vehicle.

 My next big peeve has been a heavily misused word for decades now: hacker... A hacker used to be someone who simply "hacked on" technology, as I do, to learn how it functions. Or to make their own technological devices (as I do) to learn how it all works and have fun. In this sense, I am a hacker. The term which should have been used, and is correct, of those who break into computers and technology for not so legal purposes is: cracker. To this end, it STILL should be the term used.

So if I call myself a hacker, know which term I am using, the correct one.

Ug - Lee

Why are so many places renovated or built by online contractors (Beaumler, Holmes) so darned ugly when completed? Stark, blinding colours, expensive materials (like marble) and boxy buildings. I wouldn't live in any of them. Come on folks, how about something plain and simple? Not filled with uncomfortable art deco.

WEP 858D

So I joined the frey at the EEVBLOG and bought a hot air rework station, of which members have been buying a couple of different models:

Yuoyue 858D
Atten 858D
Yihua 858D
WEP 858D

I have the WEP unit, all of them have subtle differences, but one of the biggest things they have in common is the mis-wiring of the AC power plug, almost always the Hot and the Neutral are swapped, with the neutral being fused and switched instead of the hot lead, a small and easy fix. The bigger issues include temperature overshoot and fan control. If you check out this thread: Reverse engineering and New Firmware at the EEVBlog, you will see some of the work which has gone on. My unit, like the others, is different so here are the schematics I have come up with, in  case anyone else needs them.

Hopefully; someone will find this useful. This is for the Rev 8 board, which doesn't look much different from the Rev 6 board I have seen photos of.

The micro substitution board will not work exactly as produced, as there are differences in the orientation between the Zilog processor used in this unit and ATmel and Motorola processors in other units, though I suspect with a bit of reworking; it could be made to work. The firmware would probably also require tweaking.

If you check out the schematics here: Youyue 858D - you will see that my WEP unit has no negative rail, it also has an LM358 op-amp instead of an OP07, as the LM358 does not require a negative supply.