David, Sun, Apr 16, 2006 at 02:02:19PM +0100:
> plundering Smithfield market in Belfast for various mullard valves ( a
> point each if anyone can remember any other makes or their model
I guess Telefunken and Philips are too easy, and GBC too regional, anyway
you won't believe how many months I've spent in the search for an ECL86
before ebay came in help.
Anyway I think even the present times are not that dark.
IBM, for example, tend to provide spare parts with an easily recognizable
red label stating "used repaired part". Usually the repairing isn't very
complex (for years-aged PCs it's just a complete change of the capacitors)
but it clearly show that parts are still repaired nowadays.
I myself have changed the capacitors on my socket 370 motherboard because I
didn't want to throw away half of the components of my home server which is
already oversized for what it does. It wasn't too difficult, I just took
them from an old blown-up socket7 motherboard I happened to have at
parents' house, and my faithful 15w solder was excellent for the job.
I guess the picture for a Picturebook is a bit different, though...
pbm - "And if I should lose my anger,
well I feel I would lose the essence of me
and if I should drop my sadness,
well you know finally I'd be a mountain of love" (Elliott Murphy)
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