December 11, 2014

Fixing Nespresso C100 – összevissza világító ledek – strange blinking leds

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IMG_8771After posting on facebook how I fixed my thermostatic valve in my bathroom, I turn back to my blog. Maybe this info will help some, if not, at least it helps to remember at the next time I’ll have the same error.

I have a nespresso machine (c100 Essenza) for 5 or 6 years. In 2011 it began to have strange flashing of the leds during coffee making, and later on it stopped working. Local repair service repairs it for fixed tariff, ~50 EUR, which is basically the same as for buying a new machine after refunds in capsules.
Now, in 2014 is started to randomly (crazily) flashing de leds.

There is a great forum for all other errors, but the No. 1. of these devices is surely the same as I enocuntered.
http://www.maultech.com/chrislott/blog/20100627_nespresso.html
Basically, the power supply unit, if turned on all the time, experiences high temperature and some components, namely the X2 filter capacitors ( 220 nF and 680 nF) loose capacity and probably make other failure events after years of working.

In my case, my device was already repaired officially in 2011. I figured out that the whole PSU/control panel was replaced, instead of chaning the cheap 1+0,5 USD capacitors.

The first and biggest issue: you have to open the very special oval screws. My expreience: Span tool no. 10 might work, but it is nearly impossible to use! Any bit head is problematic, because bit-head-screwdriver is more wide than it could be used.
So first step is to go for ebay and but the special oval tool for $10 or so! Better wait for that and order it at first moment, other options are no good.

Then, please prepared that the PSU panel is attached with T10 torx screw, and again, bit carrier is too wide to use a bit head to open it. Prepare the work with a T10 thin “lead” screwdriver.

The fix is pretty obious. Turn off device, plug off, wait. Take parts, on the bottom, unscrew 4 deep screws, or just two on the right side. The side should be removed at the bottom first, it is attached as a ankle at the top. take it off. PSU part is in a grey box, box is a three-part palstic box with click-in parts and fixed with 2 torx 10 screws. Take the screws, take off plastic parts.

For fixing, you might to temprorary remove the 2-pin white stripe with connector and the 4 power wires at the bottom removable easily.

680 nF capacitor is glued to the board, but with little force it can be bent to vertical and then de-soldered. Solder is bad bad solder, very hard to remove with desoldering wire, so for me, beginner in soldering it is a mess to do. I think it is because the fantastic green soldering composite.

for the 680 nF capacitor on the PCB there are 3 holes, most likely to be good for different sizes of the capacitor. My capacitors were a Korean Pilkor brand.

My failure was that I unsoldered a VIA near the 220 nF capacitor that made the right led not lighting. Due to my lack of quality in soldering, finally I bypassed the wole line in the PCB with a small wire from the entry point thill the resistor near the chip istead of fixing the via.

So just change two (seemlingly perfect, but by measurement 680 nF-> now 200 220 nF -> now 5) capacitors, fix your failures, reassemble and be happy, your machine is fixed.

My replacement part is also for 100C as the original component. Would be nice to have better X2 capacitor that won’t need replacement after 3 years…

October 8, 2014

Aldi gyufa – feljelenteném

A Camp++-ra vettem 10 vagy hány dobozos Aldi gyufa pack-et. Hát, gyújtani próbáltam egy rakást aztán úgy 10 perc utám sikerült meggyújtani egyet.
Oké.
Ma, 2014. 10. 09-én 26 fok melegben, száraz lakásban egy illetosítóhoz akartam meggyújtani a gyufát. Nem gyullad. Szikrázik, Mókázik, nem gyullad. 15 kisérlet után egy 4-es packot gyújtottam, így működik.

BEWARE!
Ha ALDI gyufa az utolsó esélyed, akkor csakis többet szabad egyszerre meggyújtani.
A másik oldalról, a gyufa egy bizalmi termék, a fagyhaláltól menthet meg. Az ALDI gyufa olyam megbízhatatlan, hogy hatóságilag tiltanám be. Igyekszem majd videót készíteni. Életmentő tanácsok: NE VEGYETEK ALDI GYUFÁT!.

October 2, 2014

Serving suggession – what??

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How the hell could I make tomato-like shapes from the ketchup inside? See the smallprint on the right hand side.

September 7, 2014

“Sardines” party at camp++

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sardines tasted

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The tasting ceremony was certainly an interesting event. Many tasters favoured only some of the samples, generally portugease ones. We want the help of all participiants to submit their findings.

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May 4, 2014

Káposztasaláta – coleslaw

Kb. egy fél kisebb fej káposztához (aprítva) kb. fél-egy répát reszeltem, cukor, kb. mindenfele legyen rajta és só, nem olyan sok, mint egy sima káposztasalátánál, kevesebb. Egy negyed-fél hagyma aprítva. Tárkonyecet vagy borecet és kb. negyed-fél citrom leve. Egy kis feketebors, Heinz majonéz, kb. egy evőkanál, vagy kettő, és fél-egy deci tej, úgy érzésre.
Pihentetni kell kb. egy órát legalább. szokás szerint: Ha keserű: több só. Ha sós: több cukor. Ha cukros: több ecet vagy citrom, stb. Legközelebb rakok bele egy kis szerecsendiót is.

March 21, 2013

Bulbanews or Vulvanews

From Wikipedia:

Bulba
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bulba (Бульба, [ˈbulʲba]) is a concert dance based on Belarusian folk traditions, choreographed, among several others, by Igor Moiseyev. The word means “potato” in Ukrainian and Belarusian languages.

This is one explanation. The other is that b in “bulba” is in fact a “v”. But that ends in a right word “vulvanews”, which is surely something strange. Possibly the whole story should be named as “Punci Malware Team” (a hungarian reflection to vulva) than “Teamspy”. (in fact, in this case a better transcript would be bylbanews)

February 22, 2013

Red Alert

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EU / NATO / FOREIGN POLICY / GOVT / RESEARCH / HUMAN RIGTHS

Are you friends or foes of HkyeiIDKiroLaKYr lUFEfiHKljfLKWPR lUFEfiHKDroLaKYr or you like arabic books or T soft?

Have you ever saw a eu_advisory.pdf?

Not enough memory on your Acrobat reader?

You can contact us for collaboration. You know who we are, you’ve already learnt that from the old times…

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January 2, 2013

1000 mi? Nagymama?

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Ez a kép a TV2 hiradójából van. Érdemes tudni, hogy a kWh -ból a kiló-t kis k-val írjuk és ezret jelent, a h-t kis h-val íruk és órát jelent a W nagy és Watt mértékegységet jelent. Tehát a kWh nem KWH.

De talán fontosabb kiemelni, hogy az áramot nem szokták készletezni, nem mérjük köbméterben, és fordítva, a gáznak nem KWH-ban van az ára.

A dologban az a csúnya, hogy 1-2 napja volt egy hasonló baki, talán épp a konkurens RTL-nél. Tudom, biztos én meg elkövettem néhány helyesírási hibát, de azért kicsit jobban oda kellene figyelni… (Igazából örülhetünk, hogy nem kW-ról hanem kWh-ról írtak, mert ez a másik különbség, amit úgy tűnik egy átlag újságíró nem szokott tudni megérteni)

October 2, 2012

SHA3 – The hash function for a sport fisher

Keccak – “Catch-Ack” is the winner of SHA-3 competition. Finally a great news for fishers around the world from NIST. Catch-and-release is already famouns, but Catch-Ack is something new for us 😉
Anyhow, please celebreate the decision, it opens up a new era!

September 20, 2012

Csillagvölgy 2010 Portugieser

Big mistake of the year. No matter the big name, this one is simply bad. It is like some wine diluted with water or if you put _much_ ice into your wine. Does not worth a penny.