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Offline kroz

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Re: A lost Generation, no longer fix gadgets
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2016, 06:33:06 PM »
Gee...  you really are a resourceful and frugal man!  Good for you.

My husband does some trouble shooting on our various machines but he isn't usually willing to sink much money in an old machine.  His philosophy is a new machine will run a long time before it demands attention.  That is worth a lot to him.  He always weighs the two factors... money to replace vs. time and frustration to keep it running.  The older he gets, the more replacement wins!  :laugh:

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Re: A lost Generation, no longer fix gadgets
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2016, 08:21:31 PM »
My dad was always trying to fix things.  I remember him with his soldering iron at the kitchen table.  I think the one thing he hated more than having to buy something new, was to have to call a repairman. 

He grew up poor, the oldest of eight on a farm.  Mom thought of him as what you would call a penny pincher, but growing up with nothing can make you that way.

I'll bet Dad knew how to hold a Soldering Iron.

But he was probably no "Boy Genius".


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Re: A lost Generation, no longer fix gadgets
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2016, 06:25:37 AM »
The picture looks posed to me.

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Re: A lost Generation, no longer fix gadgets
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2016, 12:13:53 PM »
The picture looks posed to me.

Yup!
nobody holds a board like that in one had and a soldiering iron in the other.

The board sits on a table, or in a vice - a solid surface, one hand holds the iron, the other soldier, wire, wicking, etc.
Looks like the kid has the tip on a surface mount chip (about to destroy it completely).

I got really steady hands for soldiering, and I use a vice, rest my pinky on a surface (to steady my hand) and a big lit magnifying glass - that picture is a set-up, the kid had an Andrino computer, that is something else.
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Re: A lost Generation, no longer fix gadgets
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2016, 12:16:30 PM »
Gee...  you really are a resourceful and frugal man!  Good for you.

My husband does some trouble shooting on our various machines but he isn't usually willing to sink much money in an old machine.  His philosophy is a new machine will run a long time before it demands attention.  That is worth a lot to him.  He always weighs the two factors... money to replace vs. time and frustration to keep it running.  The older he gets, the more replacement wins!  :laugh:

No money to spend...  like to turn the kids loose on the broken stuff, they'll learn to be more careful with it.
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Re: A lost Generation, no longer fix gadgets
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2016, 12:55:35 PM »
No money to spend...  like to turn the kids loose on the broken stuff, they'll learn to be more careful with it.

ohhh Hoofer, you have something far more valuable than money.  You have been blessed with many children and a good wife no doubt.  Far more precious than silver and gold!!

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Re: A lost Generation, no longer fix gadgets
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2016, 02:24:25 PM »
Yup!
nobody holds a board like that in one had and a soldiering iron in the other.

The board sits on a table, or in a vice - a solid surface, one hand holds the iron, the other soldier, wire, wicking, etc.
Looks like the kid has the tip on a surface mount chip (about to destroy it completely).

I got really steady hands for soldiering, and I use a vice, rest my pinky on a surface (to steady my hand) and a big lit magnifying glass - that picture is a set-up, the kid had an Andrino computer, that is something else.


Exactly Hoofer. I've done a lot of soldering in my day, and I have never done anything like what that dunce is doing.

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Re: A lost Generation, no longer fix gadgets
« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2016, 02:46:52 PM »
Exactly Hoofer. I've done a lot of soldering in my day, and I have never done anything like what that dunce is doing.

He is holding it up in the air and tilted toward the camera purely so the entire board can be seen in the photo.  Of course it is staged.

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Re: A lost Generation, no longer fix gadgets
« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2016, 05:28:42 PM »
I'm betting he's never plugged one in in his life, and that it was purchased solely as a prop.

 

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