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2006-12-30: The Gizmo Quiz

Reviving the Quiz

     
6:35 pm on Dec 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What is it? [datafeed.wildcatsoftware.net]
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A Dalek's little friend?
6:43 pm on Dec 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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... and for those of you who do not know what a Gizmo Quiz is to begin with:

The link above points to a "gizmo". It is your job to figure out exactly what the picture is of. Unless the gizmo host has given specific criteria for solving the quiz, a name and/or detailed description of what the gizmo is/does is sufficient. An answer which includes a link to the page where the image in question was retrieved from also constitutes a correct answer.

The winner of the quiz will host next week's quiz (if able and willing to). The quiz must be hosted on the following Saturday. "Saturday" is defined as "a time during which it is Saturday somewhere in the world".

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Umm, no ...
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Could be a shell but the ring is to broad. Maybe a rivet?
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Not a rivet.
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A sealed sample of - uhh - a chemical or radioactive substance?
6:55 pm on Dec 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Too small. If anything, the rivet/shell track was closer :)

<added for clarification>

The GIZMO is too small ...

[edited by: DrDoc at 7:15 pm (utc) on Dec. 30, 2006]

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Another picture [datafeed.wildcatsoftware.net] which shows that only one end has the small opening.
7:07 pm on Dec 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A shunt?
7:07 pm on Dec 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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looks like it could be a mold of some sort. nice to see the gizmo quiz back. :)
7:09 pm on Dec 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Looks like an internal hex-nut security bolt...

Do I win a prize (for geek-ness)?

Yes, I do have a set of hex-nut drivers, for my Compaq Portable II model 3 (5*M*B drive optional)... But external only.

Rgds

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7:09 pm on Dec 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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a shelf support pin
7:10 pm on Dec 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Not a shunt. And not a mold either.

<added>

In fact -- none of the above, although all are good guesses.

[edited by: DrDoc at 7:11 pm (utc) on Dec. 30, 2006]

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Remember that you _can_ ask questions too. ;)
While complex questions which demand a "giving away the secret" type answer should be avoided, simple ones like "Small, you say? How small are we talking?" or "Does this thing come in other colors as well, or just plain metal?" are perfectly acceptable.

<hint, hint> ;)

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Is that one of those things used in bicycles to take another person with you? I mean, those things that you put in your rear wheel so someone else can stand on them?
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Ooh, interesting guess! No, unfortunately it is not.
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To answer my own questions above:

How small? About half an inch to an inch (~ 1-2 cm) long.

Multiple colors? Yes, in fact, it _does_ come in different colors; although the various colors are not at all as common as the plain metal one. This image [datafeed.wildcatsoftware.net] shows a few examples of the colors. However, in real life I have never seen anything other than the plain metal.

[edited by: DrDoc at 7:46 pm (utc) on Dec. 30, 2006]

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Switches. We have a timer for an external neon-sign, and it uses bi-colored metal pins in a grid to set start and stop times.
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Sorry, not used as a switch.
7:50 pm on Dec 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Does it need to be electrically conductive?
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Sorry, wrong image once I saw the anlargemnt.

[edited by: pmkpmk at 7:52 pm (utc) on Dec. 30, 2006]

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No. In fact, it has nothing to do with electricity or anything like that. The gizmo serves a purely mechanical purpose.
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Hmm, I'm gonna have to ask for a clarification of what that is a picture of ;)
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A wire end sleeve?

<edit>
>>> No. In fact, it has nothing to do with electricity or anything like that.

whoops :)

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Is it hobby related?

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7:55 pm on Dec 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Ok, now that I have had a chance to translate the product page that image came from ...
No, it's not a ferrule or used to link wires/cables.

But darn, how close!

[edited by: DrDoc at 7:55 pm (utc) on Dec. 30, 2006]

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Wire end sleeve? Not quite ... but that is, if possible, even closer of a guess!

Remotely hobby related. But not purely.

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pmkpmk and eelixduppy ... You two are definitely on the right track!
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Someting to seal then end of a fibre? Maybe used in kiting or fishing?
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