so we had an old nexiq usb code reader, downloaded the free trial of e-tchnician, then needed dot net 4.5, then microsoft report something reader, then the thing still did not work, tech support, you need new drivers for the nexiq. Now on our 14 day trial needs internet access, so tethered it to my smartphone, and it was actually very cool! The program, e technician is $1250, Covers most of the vehicles we have, basically an onboard live reading, can clear codes, which whoops we did by mistake, but if you have the bucks to spend nexiq now owned by snap on looks like a cool addition. we were into gigabuck quotes for each brand ie international which we paid for and appreciate, but just letting you know what we found.
On an obtuse unrelated subject, Had some people working on the scada system, now this beautiful gray haired lady who worked for the company doing the troubleshooting, while I was working on something or other said I heard there is a local company for computer cables and stuff, as I have a problem, I have a serial port connector with male on one end and male on the other. Oh you need a gender bender I say, Yes she says what is the place? that would be Chester electronics, about 4 miles up the road, but would a serial cable with a female on both ends work for you? I think so she says, so we go down to the store room of old computer stuff and first box I open a baggie sealed female to female serial cable. so I say here you go keep it, She was like awed, no leave it here, I will usse it and return it, I was if you need it keep it, it has probably been down here 20 years, we have more and if we have not used it by now we will not miss it. I had to put in new ip addresses for our wireless access points and it is unbelievable There is a rj45, that has to go to serial then to serial to usb adapter to set the IP address.
So I ended up later laughing to myself, suggesting a gender bender, or a serial cable with 2 female ends, reminds me when CA forbid the use of master and slave as terminology for hard drives in Gov contracts. Some of you might get a chuckle.