I wasn't confused by it, just annoyed that I had to look in the manual just to figure out which lead plugs where, which I wouldn't have needed to do if they had used the far more common "GND" or "—", even if that isn't as technically accurate as "Common". I've done a number of small scale electronic projects and if I did run across the term, the difference was obviously never crucial enough for it to merit it sticking in my memory.Warren wrote: ↑30 Aug 2017, 18:23COM is short for "Common". If that's confusing you, there are buzz-lights, continuity and battery testers for the tech challenged.dead_elvis wrote: ↑30 Aug 2017, 17:51Or the solution is that I need to come up with reasons to use it *more* so I don't forget!Warren wrote: ↑30 Aug 2017, 17:40Maybe you shouldn't use a multimeter.dead_elvis wrote: ↑30 Aug 2017, 17:36I wish my multimeter wouldn't use "COM". Just label "plug black lead HERE", or even label it ground, that would really help. The COM label means nothing to me and because I only use this thing maybe once a year I have to look up which lead plugs in where every damn time.
I don't think it's too much to ask to have something that does the basic functions of a multimeter, but with a UI that is more intuitive for non-electrical engineers.
But hey, there's a reason this is in "petty". Just having this conversation makes it more likely I'll remember next time.