greeney2 wrote:Well, I don't believe it. When it comes to the workshop I can get along with Maelstom. We live an a throwaway world of appliances nowadays. We used to have a little neighborhood fix it shop around the corner, but he is long gone. Use to be able to take him things like a toaster or small appliance and get it fixed. maelstrom is right the newer things are the more that are probably throw away items. Solid state electrical sometimes can;t even be worked on. We live in a world where its more cost effective to go buy a new one, and getting worse everyday. Most people would be trashing that old player and unable to think about fixing it. Like the corner shoe repair man, the fix it shops are a dying breed.
I always take apart my electronics when they stop working and try and fix them. Typically they are hooped, but a shocking amount of the time I'm able to McGyvur things into working. I've had most luck with computer input controllers, ie: mice, keyboards, game controllers (not exclusively for PCs, game consoles are computers too) as well as the actual computer. Taken apart a few calculators, never been able to fix one though.
TV remotes I've fixed a few.
Something I've noticed with game controllers is that older game controllers that use reliable mechanical means to detect movement of a stick in your directional pad or analog stick, work for longer and typically better even then there electronic counter-parts.
The electronic ones I can't fix, the mechanical ones I can with enough patience and the right tools, the mechanical ones are more stable, they don't artifically jerk around, the electronic motors malfunction in a lot of them and the output from the controller thereby says that the x-y coordinates are jumping around sporadically. In a flight sim this is equivocal to jerks in pitch and yaw when in fact there is no motion on the stick.
On the other hand it's been my experience that mechanical buttons (which operate like a light switch in principle) are less functional then electronic bump buttons, which have electricity constantly flowing through the cycle, and can be pressure sensative, work better then their mechanical counter parts for longer.
Can't figure out why the computers I Mcgyvur don't have 100% of the specs of the hardware though.. Must have something to do with the rate at which the processor communicates with the rest of the system? I don't know, not a computer technician unfortunately.
I grew up in the state where everything is cheaper to replace, and I think it's stupid also! Even having never lived when you would have things repaired. It's simply inefficient and wasteful, the only thing that is more efficient with replacing over repairing is cost, and that doesn't have to be the way it is, but it is regardless I 'spose.
One thing that I have never taken apart is a microwave, and it's something that I've been wanting to do for a while, anything that emits EMR at a specific frequency is of interest to me. I think I've decided that robotics would be an interesting thing to learn, and in fact quite relevant to my interests. So who knows, in 5-10 years I might just pick up and move to Japan to go to a university and learn.
Do you teach in grade school or post-secondary? I wonder if they'd let me teach English and be a student at the same time.
Ramble done. Boy am I energetic today, I think I'm going to go for a run.
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