Drinks Machines

I haven’t had a chance to do much more diagnostic work on why line #2 is still playing up, but I’ve found & fixed at least one potential problem. A small nick in the insulation was found on one of the motor grounding connectors by line #1 and it could’ve been shorting to ground. As these are all daisy-chained and it’s right next to line #2, it’s possible this could’ve caused it (or at least contributed to it), but I don’t think it’s likely to explain everything. As always, someone who isn’t me is very, very welcome to start tracing wires & inspecting them for damages because there’s only so many hours per month I can devote to volunteering for the hackerspace - the keys are in the server room.

(Damaged insulation in the wire at the bottom here, that’s never a good thing)

Another new interesting flavour is in the random line- Coffee! Or should I say, “WINCOFE”. It’s made by Hey-Song Corporation, comes from Taiwain, is “strong”, contains a small amount of Green Tea Extract mixed in, should probably have caffeine & dairy warnings on it, and probably tastes better if heated to 55’C instead of drinking cold. Don’t ask me any questions beyond that though because I can’t read 95% of the can’s writing.

(For the WinCovfefe!)


I’m up late due to anxiety attacks, so I thought I might as well try to be productive until the sedatives kick in. Apologies for not having my usual playful candour.

Two new random cans have been stocked in the machine since my last update. The first is “Hola Tequila Sparkling Apple”. Coming from Korea, this one has non-alcoholic Tequila flavour in it, but don’t ask me what it tastes like. I don’t try 'em, I just buy 'em!

The other one in the machine is a Lychee Drink. This one’s Taiwanese. Y’know, just in case you thought I wasn’t serious about trying to get drinks from as many different places as possible for you all.

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There’s been no updates for a while, but that’s mostly because I haven’t had time to post them. Stuff has still been happening. So here’s a quick photo dump catch-up!

The international drinks machine has been fully restocked. It took just a few boxes of drinks to make that happen.

(So many boxes you’d think it’s the upcoming election’s ballot paper)

Here’s some of the recent additions to the Random line, making sure it lives up to its name… At least one will be returning shortly, so fear not if you missed them!

(Apple Sidra, “without chemical colors” - if that’s not disturbing enough, note that its ingredients list “apple flavor”, “natural apple concentrate”, “natural apple flavor” and “apple juice” all separately!)

(Frantelle Sparkling Water with a hint of Lime & Lemon, sugar free)

(Frantelle Sparkling Water with a hint of Raspberry & Blackcurrant, sugar free)

(Hola Tequila Flavor Calamansi Sparkling, Mexico Style - quite a mouthful in the name. If you’ve never tasted one, Calamondins are a citrus hybrid between kumquats, mandarins & limes. As always, this is a non-alcoholic Tequila flavour)

(drinho Chrysamthemum Tea, which contains a hint of liquorice roots and the can is printed in four languages!)

We now return you to your regularly scheduled hacking.

Just a small little update this time because I’m bad at documenting all the maintenance work these machines receive and there’s only one way to fix that. The condensation drainage hose for the Vigo machine managed to clog itself and water started leaking over the lobby area. I’ve removed the hose, given it a good cleaning with some pipe cleaners and reinstalled it. Okay a hose isn’t exactly a pipe, but still, using a pipe cleaner to clean something like a pipe amuses me. :stuck_out_tongue:

(Did you ever think that maybe hoses are called hoses 'cause they have O’ses at each end?)

The machine should be fully functional again now.

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