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March 28, 2009

Name the Thing Contest – 81

at 1:51 am. Filed under Contests

The prize this week is a hard drive enclosure. This contest will run for one week (March 28 – April 2, 2009) . Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item pictured above and give an example of what can be done with it.

Please do not give the answer in the comments.

Send an email to contest @ hackedgadgets.com with "Name the Thing Contest" as the subject, and the message body consisting of:

  • The name of the item in the above picture
  • An example of what the item pictured above can be used for

The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries.


Added April 4, 2009

The item to guess was a magnetron tube

The winner is Eric W. (There were 38 entries)


Below is a picture of the prize.




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16 Responses to “Name the Thing Contest – 81”

  1. mkeyFinn Says:

    Haven’t seen one of these for quite some time, took me a while and a little googling to remember what it was, didn’t fine you’re exact image but enough to jump-start my memory. Time was that you wouldn’t be able to find a picture of one of those let alone technical specs.

  2. Mike Says:

    It took some hunting, but this exact picture is out there.

  3. Jack Says:

    Heh, I repair the modern versions of the equipment that this item belongs to. Made it pretty easy to identify this week’s thing 🙂

  4. Wolf Says:

    Tineye makes these way too easy.

  5. Alan Parekh Says:

    I am surprised that some of you guys know what it is. I was thinking this may be the first one that stumped everyone.

  6. Jack Says:

    Alan, don’t underestimate your fellow nerds 😉

  7. Pouncer Says:

    Ohhh…..nice torture device!

  8. mykeyFinn Says:

    looks like you stumped most of em this time around

  9. Jack Says:

    @mykeyFinn: Looks like it. It has been pretty quiet this time around.

  10. Alan Parekh Says:

    Winner announced.

  11. Alan Parekh Says:

    I think you are right mykey and Jack. There were only 38 entries, I was going for something very hard this time and I think I found it. 🙂

  12. Eric Windham Says:


    My first entry!!! I work at Varian Medical Systems as a Final Test Technician and we use the modern form. I was also in the navy, so we used them there in the form of the picture, which is denounced by the U.S.N. on it.

  13. Alan Parekh Says:

    That was good luck! Although this was probably about the best one to know since there were not that many entries.

  14. Steve Prior Says:

    Alan, is there a way to prevent Tineye from working on your contests? I was totally stumped on this one, then saw the comment above by Wolf and found it in 2 seconds. I didn’t enter this contest since it would have been cheating. Technology could take the fun out of your contests 🙁

  15. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hey Steve,

    I saw the Tineye but didn’t know what it was until I just Googled it right now. That is an amazing system. I remember making a system similar to it in university, it took lots of code to recognize a 1 person out of 10. I can just imagine how much processing those images go through to be recognized! I am not sure what can be done to prevent that system from detecting the image since they were not even identical!

  16. Wolf Says:

    Lol, I’m surprised it took so long to google that. I thought about not mentioning it but I figure it’s too useful a service to just keep to myself.

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