My 1986 Sanyo analog TV died last week. It just wouldn't power up anymore. I opened it to look for anything obvious like a bad power switch or a broken wire, but all the connectiosn were good. Yes, we wtill used it, but just to program a DVD recorder used to record network TV shows.
The sad part is that I had just donated a working 13-in. TV to Goodwill two weeks before. I could have used it ot replace the dead Sanyo. Inteast, I had to buy another 13-in. TV for $10.
Yes, we will replace put a flat screen TV in the den, but that involves a new cabinet and thus involves redesigning the entire den.
As for me, I coud do without TV anyway, except for the baseball playoffs.
It's good to see that the midnight electronics supply is alive and well. I recently added to that with a 1977 Nikko 5055 received that I bought while in college. One of the channels had failed and to tell you the truth, I don't use the Onkyo receiver that I bought to replace the Nikko about 10 years ago. I kept the Nikko in the basement until we moved, deciding is wasn't worth moving.
Often, the problem with fixing things is the knowledge or the parts, but the time. I oten just replace things that fail or get someone to fix things because I can't take time away from ther things.
The link works, I love looking at photos of antique electronics. All those boards help the casual viewer to appreciate the amazing complexity that is inside all the tiny innocuous ICs of today's equipment.
> "...something electronic looking caught the corner of my eye."
I have an eye like that as well. I love stories like this - it reassures me that I am not alone :-) I also go through the skips at work regularly and have come up with some amazing finds. The best trash story I have found is here
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.