Day 138 (November 17th, 2010)
Title: Switch 115
Well, Name That Thing 2 has finally come to a close and I just want to thank everyone for their input and guesses. I hope you all enjoyed the photos. I have a few "alternate versions" of a few of the photos that I'll be posting later this week that also came out pretty well.
Yesterday's photo was quite tricky to get. I recently upgraded a PC and removed an old, frozen hard drive from it. I was thinking: "Hey, I wonder what it looks like inside?" Something that I didn't think about was how hard it would be to get into that darn drive! Lets just say they aren't meant to be opened (because any small dust particle touching the plates will destroy a hard drive). I tried screwdrivers, pliers, small arms fire, and finally my trusty Dremel cutting tool got the job done (had to use three cutting discs! Lets just say tempered steel is unfriendly). In the photo, you are seeing one of the hard drive plates (or "Platters" on which data is read and recorded) and one of the data read-write heads (the long metal arm). Depending on the size and type of drive you have, you could have 3, 4, or more plates and reading heads. Basically its just a super-high-tech record player.
Today's photo is another computer-related photo, but this one would have been waaay to tricky to get. It's the little switch near the plug on the back of your computer (the power supply) that changes the voltage from 115 volts to 230 watts. I remember, in the old days, that these switches were much bigger and easier to accidentally flip basically insta-killing your computer if you plugged it in incorrectly. Ah, those were the days. [Click] [Plug] [ZAP] [Poof]. "Sir, you're going to need a new computer..."