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AlanWinstanley
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Re: Book to learn better soldering ??
AlanWinstanley   8/16/2013 12:22:05 PM
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A camcorder that uses 8mm tape cassettes but records digitally. IIRC I hacked it to enable its FireWire output.

Curie_US
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Re: I feel your pain
Curie_US   8/16/2013 12:15:46 PM
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Max The Magnificent
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Re: I feel your pain
Max The Magnificent   8/16/2013 11:25:35 AM
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@Curie_US: Sorry, MAX!  I have to disagree with you about the soldering issue...

Don't worry -- I'll be brave :-)

 

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?


I used to LOVE Simon and Garfunkel

 

Curie_US
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Re: I feel your pain
Curie_US   8/16/2013 11:18:09 AM
Sorry, MAX!  I have to disagree with you about the soldering issue.  IF my child or grandchild came to me to relate that during his previous semester @ college, he learned how to solder, the first thing I would do is to REMOVE him from that school & find another engineering school which focuses on the theory AND application of the engineering discipline for which he (or she) is enrolled.  And, IF it was my grandchild, then I'd HOUND the child's parents to do the same!  A person goes to college PRIMARILY to learn to THINK!...... What that person learns to think about is secondary.  College is the forum to develop a process to solve problems..... nothing more. 

Remember something..... Back in the late 1950s, 1960s, 1970s (maybe, even to the present), the desks of I-B-M employees & the top face of the  "360" Mainframes had a small plaque prominently displayed with ONE word on it.  And, that word was, THINK.  Kind of says a lot!!!!!

Secondly, I have noticed very prominent examples of poor English language usage in many articles, whether in print magazines, or in their on-line versions.  Now, I'm NOT referring to MAD magazine, for example.  I'm referring to our popular technical magazines:  MACHINE DESIGN, EDN, ECN, ELECTRONIC DESIGN, etc.  It is an abomination to me that with the almost infinite power of modern-day wordprocessing software (think WORD) that spelling errors, grammatical errors, etc. should be a part of the copy.  Even full-page advertisements are NOT immune to this.  Where have all the human copy editors gone?  (Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?)....... from SIMON & GARFUNKEL THE GRADUATE & Mrs. Robinson

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Leaded vs. lead free solder
Max The Magnificent   8/16/2013 10:48:24 AM
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@Wobbly: And wise people that they are, they don't let Engineers anyway near their stations.

Well, I don't want to go near their stations, so there!

Max The Magnificent
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Re: As far as that goes, what does EE mean anyway?
Max The Magnificent   8/16/2013 10:47:32 AM
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@Wobbly: After high school, I worked professionally as a motorcycle mechanic for six years....

I must admit that I wish I knew more about engines (I knwo the theory ... just not what all the oily bits do :-)

I also wish I knew more about metalwork in general -- I love that "American Restoration" program on TV -- I also used to like the "American Chopper" program.

Wobbly
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Re: Leaded vs. lead free solder
Wobbly   8/16/2013 10:40:37 AM
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We also have skilled technicians with stereo microscopes and an array of 'interesting' tools (besides the electronic controlled soldering iron). All sorts of interesting little widgets for picking up surface mount parts. Hot 'spatulas' for separating a part from the board, and a hot air gun with a dozen attachments.

And wise people that they are, they don't let Engineers anyway near their stations.

Wobbly
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Re: As far as that goes, what does EE mean anyway?
Wobbly   8/16/2013 10:35:56 AM
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If they do know about end wrenches it is not because of school. They absolutely do not teach that in Mechanical Engineering.

No, most likely your mechanical engineer had an interest in wrenches before going to school. I suspect that is true for most EEs as well.

I assembled my first AM radio kit in middle school. Lots of parts! All through hole, of course. 1970, after all. Tuning the IF transformers was tedious, but educational as well.

I also had a mechanical interest in my youth as well, tearing apart the B&S on the lawn mower when I was eight or nine. Dad wasn't completely pleased, but he used it as an educational opportunity. I got the engine back togther fine, but I messed up the carburator. Through high school, I worked on a large dairy farm, where I learned rudimentary 'stick' welding skills, and basic wrenching. I also raced dirt track and motocross, and had to learn advanced mechanical skills, because what farm boy can afford to pay shop labor rate on a race bike? After high school, I worked professionally as a motorcycle mechanic for six years. I still have my Snap-On tool box and full set of hand tools and measurement tools.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Leaded vs. lead free solder
Max The Magnificent   8/16/2013 10:19:49 AM
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@DK8PP/M: At home, I have a sufficient supply of leaded solder wire, which should be enough, probably for the rest of my life.

I too prefer leaded solder ... and I too have a stockpile LOL

 

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Book to learn better soldering ??
Max The Magnificent   8/16/2013 10:18:17 AM
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@Alan: ...video camera at the time (8mm DV video)...

What's an 8mm DV?

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