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Max The Magnificent
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Re: You hit the nail...
Max The Magnificent   8/7/2013 12:26:22 PM
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@mtripoli: I have a good collection of "tube" books" (ever increasing) and much of the information the "old timers" have can't be found in a single one of them. When they die, the information is gone.

There are some who woudl say "well, we've moved beyond vacuum tubes, so who cares if we lose this information," but I feel that anything we forget now will come back to haunt us in the future...

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Re: Ditto for many of us
Max The Magnificent   8/7/2013 12:23:55 PM
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@Adam: We lost internet at work for a few months...

MONTHS? You couldn't find anyone who could make the Internet work for months ... and your company designs space probes ... right? (LOL)

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Re: Eroding "soft" engineering skills
Max The Magnificent   8/7/2013 12:17:18 PM
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@DtownEngineer: ...These are perhaps more powerful forms of knowledge than sheer technical knowledge, and leads to a more perilous future when lost...

YES!!! I agree 100%

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Re: What about Radio Shack?
Etmax   8/7/2013 10:21:47 AM
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Yes that's exactly the problem. And with many of the visitors to the parts portion of the store (if you can still find one) needing some guidance they can get disenchanted, it becomes a vicious circle. I'm a Max too BTW, isn't that magnificent? (even if I do have a sad sense of humour :-))

 

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Re: What about Radio Shack?
rich.pell   8/7/2013 9:52:16 AM
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"... that's not an unreasonable assumption ... It may be that assistant would have been a good one if he/she had received any training."

Possibly, although I suspect a better candidate would be one that would have refrained from making such an uninformed assertion in the first place.  :)

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Re: What about Radio Shack?
Max The Magnificent   8/7/2013 9:46:34 AM
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@Rich: It's sad, because that's not an unreasonable assumption ... if you don't know how electricity works. It may be that assistant woudl have been a good one if he/she had received any training.

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Re: What about Radio Shack?
rich.pell   8/7/2013 9:43:37 AM
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Yup, for sure.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: What about Radio Shack?
Max The Magnificent   8/7/2013 9:38:08 AM
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@Rich: I once had a RadioShack salesperson tell me that the 12-gauge zip cord I was looking for, to use as a speaker cable, had "more resistance" than the typical 18-gauge stuff...

Do you think that he/she based that assumption on the fact the 12 gauge had a bigger diameter?

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Re: What about Radio Shack?
Max The Magnificent   8/7/2013 9:33:44 AM
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@Rick: The salesperson exclaimed "Sir- ALL of our amplifiers are operational!!"

a) If I weren't laughing I'd be crying


b) They called you sir? (LOL)

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Re: What about Radio Shack?
Max The Magnificent   8/7/2013 9:32:21 AM
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@Etmax: ...and then employs people that are just place fillers, people without an engineering soul.

I remember going into a Radio Shack maybe 15 years ago to get a resistor ... I found something suitable (value, power rating, tollerance, etc.) and the assistant (referring to the colored bands) said "that's pretty; what do you use those for?"

Following that I wrote a letter to Radio Shack HQ saying they shoudl hire me to travel the country teaching fundamental electronics concepts to all their store staff ... I never heard anything back.

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