Santa's Workshop Wonders
Tell us about how you’ve engineered a holiday miracle and your stocking could be stuffed with a brand new oscilloscope from Tektronix
SHARE YOUR STORY Oscilliscope from Tektronix

About the Workshop
The holidays are such a happy time, full of joy and laughter, over-the-top lighting displays, and copious amounts of eggnog and gingerbread. Santa and his elves seemingly work miracles to grant every wish.

You engineers are kind of like master elves: You’re busy in your own workshops and really good at rush orders, general problem solving, system repairs, fixing old, broken-down products, pleasing the boss.

In honor of the holidays, we invite you to share your stories about a famous engineering “save”—involving hardware, software bugs, firmware, masking tape, glue, deadlines, and horrible bosses, customers, or mothers-in-law.
How to Enter
Describe in 750 words or less a compelling example of something that you fixed, improved, rebooted...etc. No need to involve the holidays, but we encourage it.

Describe the circumstances that turned you into a fixer, whether it was horrid people who sold you something stupid; a broken or lost part, even an other-worldly presence involved.

Tell us what you did to remedy the situation. Was it an entire reboot or something involving masking tape or string? Did the product get returned to working order—or made to work—or was something compromised?

Don’t forget to include photos of the item (in disrepair and repair), satisfied co-workers and extended family, or drunk elves.

Fill out the form at the bottom of this page and attach your 750 word story

Include a short bio about yourself and any photos of you or the story
Example Story
Repairing a Dead Drill - Dave Ashton
I saw a nice black moulded plastic case and grabbed it. It was heavy and had the Black and Decker logo on it. I opened it and found a perfectly fine looking cordless drill, battery and charger.

Fix DrillNow even Australians won’t throw away a good drill, so I immediately assumed that the drill, the battery or the charger was not working. I pulled the trigger on the drill and it gave a weak half turn. So hopefully the drill was OK. When I got it home I plugged in the charger and put the battery in it. No lights came on at all. So I charged the battery – a 14.4V NiCd - on my workshop power supply overnight and tried it in the drill in the morning. It buzzed into life as it should. So the problem was in the charger. This was nice and heavy, but getting into it gave me my next problem. The case was held together with security Torx screws – which have a little pin up the middle which has to be matched by a hole in the driver bit. Read the full story here
The Prize
One lucky entry will be selected at random to win this TBS2104 Oscilloscope from Tektronix
Read the full contest rules here

Oscilliscope from TektronixKey Specs:
- Analog Bandwidth: 100 MHz
- Sample Rate: 1 GS/s
- Record length: 20 Mpoints
- Analog channels: 4

Key Features:
- 9-inch WVGA color display
- 15 horizontal grids showing 50% more signal
- Support for TekVPI probes
- 32 automated measurements, and FFT function for thorough waveform analysis
- HelpEverywhere provides helpful on-screen tips
- Built-in Scope Intro handbook provides operating instructions and oscilloscope fundamentals
- USB 2.0 host port on the front panel for quick and easy data storage
- Wi-Fi interface provides wireless communications capability
- USB 2.0 device port on rear panel for easy connection to a PC
- LXI compliant 10/100BASE-T Ethernet port for remote control over LAN5 year warranty

MSRP: $2,190.