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sir1963

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  #3193027 9-Feb-2024 20:18
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neb:
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When I buy more than $60 from Element 14 the shipping is free, even when they have to ship it from the UK.

 

Quite honestly it's worth the extra you pay from RS/Element14/Mouser/Digikey/etc because you get quality, good shipping, etc etc etc as well as a far better selection of products. Combine that with the not having to waste time tracking down alternative sources it works out cheaper when you include time.

 

Yup. Ordered something from Digikey on Sunday, picked up Monday, delivered Thursday, with detailed tracking and updates every step of the way. Heck, I can't get something from Wellington to here in that time, and when I do the only tracking updates are "Picked up" (which doesn't mean picked up, it means label created), and "On board for delivery", with the rest missing in action.

 

 

 

I ordered an Ultrasonic cleaner from Christchurch Friday night last week.

 

Figured they would sort it Monday.

 

Monday I ordered some Ultrasonic PCB cleaner from Element 14 , Sydney , it had to come from the UK.

 

Today (Friday) my cleaning fluid is in Auckland and will be delivered Monday

 

I have a track and Trace number for Aramex , but it is yet to be shipped to me even though I have asked for an update twice from the supplier.

 

 

 

THIS is why people buy overseas, I don't care that I pay GST on it too, the "unfair competition" is still price and delivery.

 

 

 

When I am in the USA later this year I will be buying myself some tooling for my metal lathe (shhh no one tell the wife), because again it is much cheaper and the shipping is effectively free, and being under NZ$600 (or there abouts ) I will save on the gst at that point too. I will also see what I can get in the way of a few EZ80 CPUs so I can build myself an 80MHz CPM (1970s/80s Operating system for the young'uns ) machine for laughs


 
 
 

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  #3193054 9-Feb-2024 22:04
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When I am in the USA later this year I will be buying myself some tooling for my metal lathe (shhh no one tell the wife), because again it is much cheaper and the shipping is effectively free, and being under NZ$600 (or there abouts ) I will save on the gst at that point too.

 

 

And you'll probably get it the next day. There was a thread on an electronics forum a week or so back where people were complaining about shipping delays because it wasn't there the day after they ordered it.

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  #3193059 9-Feb-2024 22:17
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I will also see what I can get in the way of a few EZ80 CPUs so I can build myself an 80MHz CPM (1970s/80s Operating system for the young'uns ) machine for laughs

 

 

I think you mean an eZ80, not an EZ80.

 

 

Also, a real man(TM) would synthesise it on a Spartan XC7 and have the world's only 500MHz Z80 with DDR3 memory.



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  #3193060 9-Feb-2024 22:28
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sir1963:

 

I will also see what I can get in the way of a few EZ80 CPUs so I can build myself an 80MHz CPM (1970s/80s Operating system for the young'uns ) machine for laughs

 

I think you mean an eZ80, not an EZ80. Also, a real man(TM) would synthesise it on a Spartan XC7 and have the world's only 500MHz Z80 with DDR3 memory.

 

 

 

Its going to be enough fun to port CPM over to it and possibly drop 1+MB onto it just for giggles.

 

I do understand that someone has ported TRS-DOS over to an eZ80 system.....wonder if you could dual boot the system into different OSs ?

 

I need to pare down my "collection" of old computers from something like 400 to maybe 100 or less as I am more interested in building steam engines ATM.

 

Either way I will learn lots and have some fun while doing it.....and the money earned will buy some new cool toys.


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  #3194652 13-Feb-2024 12:58
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So, bought a 15L Ultrasonic bath fro cleaning PCBs.

 

Problem is the track and trace number says it is incorrect.

 

Went back to the seller multiple times with "we will get back to you" type responses.

 

Turns out that Aramex systems are sh!t. Its been well over a week and I got shitty with Aramex about it and lo and behold it is being delivered today.

 

This is not the first time we have had issues with Aramex, it will be the last. Either sellers will use a different courier or I buy elsewhere.


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