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  •  Not Tim, he gets paid for his schtick. (2+ / 0-)
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    JaxDem, Aunt Pat

    I had the great fortune to grow up at MIT in the 60s. I was really young, my grandfather was doing research there and I had the run of the place!
    So when I found something that interested me, I could also find someone who knew as much as was known about that thing and many people willing to waste their time on a preteen. I got interested in strobe lights and my grandfather sent me to a lab up in the Library building, "go talk to "Doc""
    Doc Edgerton had invented the strobe light and was using it to stop time. His lab was building underwater camera platforms for deep ocean exploration and research (which is how my father ended up meeting Doc down in the Tongue of the Ocean). He also had a full on dye-transfer color lab where he was doing color printing (which set me up for later employment in photolabs). I got to fire the rifle who's bullet you've seen cutting a card in half (that did not take much skill as the gun and the card were firmly clamped in place, I couldn't miss). He was also making those beautiful crown-of-milk photos at the time.
    I don't know if I'm more mechanically/technologically apt than other people, it interests me and so I've gotten my hands dirty and learned a lot, whether that's something that other people, given the same encouragement and exposure, would benefit from, I don't know.
    Now, though, that kind of experience is all but useless. No one fixes stuff anymore, they just replace the defective module and toss the old part over their shoulder. Even though 99.9% of the parts on the board are FINE, there's no point in finding and fixing that one component that's broken.
    Pardon the rant, I'm starting to sound like a curmudgeon.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 07:45:15 AM PST

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    •  What an excellent experience (0+ / 0-)

      you had at MIT.  Just at the right age too!

      Wasn't much of a rant, it's true that we never repair, always replace.  Although I wonder if the repair is as costly as the replacement.

      Your story would be a very interesting diary.  Thanks for sharing a bit of it.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 08:05:52 AM PST

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      •  "..if the repair is as costly as the replacement" (2+ / 0-)
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        JaxDem, Aunt Pat

        Depends on how you figure the costs: If your labor is cheap (as in, a person doing their own repairs), time is not money. If you consider the total resource cost of tossing a mostly good board and replacing it, that gets expensive.

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 08:33:53 AM PST

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