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November 3, 2012
News - New SparkFun Data Service
about 5 years ago
Well done gang. Way to think ahead of the curve.
News - Fluke Responds to Tradema…
about 5 years ago
The first thing I thought when I saw that was that it was a knock off Fluke. I think the responsibility lies with buying meters that are most certainly Fluke knock offs then complaining about a seized shipment. It's no different than someone doing a "Funspark" site with a similar look. Like it or not Fluke is completely in the context of the law and those posters that are ranting should have an issue with the law, not Fluke. Some of those same posters comment that they have trademarked the use of yellow implying the color yellow as a whole. That is simply incorrect. They have trademarked the look and color scheme of the device with respect to the design. If that meter would have been red or black it wouldn't have been an issue. It's obvious that it's a Fluke look alike and Sparkfun should have known better regardless of how they feel abou the law.
I've been using Fluke equipment for about 4 decades and have found the company and its products to be exemplary. A 177 sets on my maker bench at home and in the shop we use everything from a 117 to a 190c as well as the network and protocol test devices. Fluke is a gold standard in test equipment and service.
That said, the Fluke line is pretty expensive (but you do get what you pay for) and I think a low cost, Sparkfun branded meter would be a fine addition. I'd buy one just to support Sparkfun.
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