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Re: Waxing nostalgic
perl_geek   7/5/2016 2:24:10 PM
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Nostalgia can get slippery, especially when waxed. Polishing your reputation is much more productive. :-)*

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Re: Nostalgia for things long gone
Max The Magnificent   7/5/2016 9:36:50 AM
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@betajet: If they work, it's a... "fluke".

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear... :-)

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Max The Magnificent   7/5/2016 9:34:46 AM
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@Steve: ...Walk into one of them and the smell of machine oil that permeates the store immediately makes you wax nostalgic...

The real trick is to get me to stop waxing nostalgic LOL

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MeasurementBlues   7/5/2016 8:11:18 AM
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@Max,

Newtonville Camera is still around. Haven't been there in a few years. The last time was 2014 to buy a camera for my daughter to bring to camp (no phones allowed). She never uses it anymore. The best camera is the one you have with you (a phone).

 

 

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Re: Traditional hardware store north of Boston
traneus   7/2/2016 7:49:57 PM
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@Max The Magnificent: In a strange way that tells you just how good they are -- they don't need a flashy sign because the people who need to know about them already know.

Andover Hardware caters to contractors and town workers, so their hours are 7AM to 4PM Monday through Friday. Before I was told about them, I had walked by their closed door on Saturdays without realizing they were there. Before I retired, the 7AM opening let me go to them before I went to work.

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Steve.Leibson   7/1/2016 2:55:55 PM
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I agree about the Harbor Freight free DMMs (and so I listed them in the "use once" category). However, they are great to have in a drawer for checking batteries. (Yes, I know you should check batteries under load, but somehow in 45 years, I've found the unloaded battery voltage sufficient for go/no go tests.)

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Re: Nostalgia for things long gone
betajet   7/1/2016 11:31:51 AM
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Steve wrote: Harbor Freight chain... free DMMs (with coupon).

Worth every penny!  If they work, it's a... "fluke".

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Re: Nostalgia for things long gone
Steve.Leibson   7/1/2016 10:17:54 AM
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Max, "Being There" is indeed a great movie and I understand what you mean. That's why I like the Harbor Freight chain. Walk into one of them and the smell of machine oil that permeates the store immediately makes you wax nostalgic. They have a great selection of "use once, throw away" tools as well as free DMMs (with coupon).

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Max The Magnificent   7/1/2016 10:06:28 AM
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@Steve: ...But you know, I feel pretty lucky to be able to buy just about anything online...

I agree -- the ease of tracking things down and buying them online these days really is amazing -- but there's still something about "being there" if you find the right store.

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Nostalgia for things long gone
Steve.Leibson   7/1/2016 9:59:02 AM
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Here in San Jose, we're down to one camera store, San Jose Camera, but they've never been the "mom and pop" sort of friendly store to which you refer. I've had several warmly remembered camera stores: the Ritz Camera kiosk in Louisville's "The Mall" where I bought my first SLR, Waxman's in Denver, Western Camera in Fort Collins (which supplied optics for HP's first backroom IC fab in Loveland), and Hunts in Boston.

Worse, the number of electronic component stores here in Silicon Valley is dwindling as well although we still have Anchor, Halted Specialties, and the hard-to-find ACE.

But you know, I feel pretty lucky to be able to buy just about anything online (camera or electronic) from Amazon, eBay, Sparkfun, Alltronics, All Electronics, etc, etc, etc. Just bought a new 85mm lens for my Canon on eBay from a Seattle seller at a darn nice price.

As for help, the online forums provide more information, faster than any mom and pop establishment (as long as you know how to filter out the BS).

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