On Sat, 15 Apr 2006 15:21:12 +0100, Timothy Murphy
<tim at birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie> wrote:
>> When I was young(er), computer scientists used to earn drinking money
> mending computers for those with more money and less sense.
>> Has this tradition died out completely?
pretty much. i used to spend a few evenings a month repairing windows
configurations but with the advent of viruses on the internet this was
becoming a daily task. i don't do it any more. if pushed by family
pressure i make them bring the computer to me and not me to the computer.
by requiring them to make an effort to transport their computer the calls
have dropped off. i advise them to buy a mac but they can't be bothered
so neither can i.
> I've been looking for someone to sort out the tiny internal problems
> on my two dead Sony Picturebooks,
> and none of the students I have asked seemed able to help.
wouldn't touch sony with a baseball bat. have a dead vaio laptop at work
that drove me bonkers for a couple of years. lots of little annoying
>> I can't make out if they have too much money,
> or not enough knowledge.
definitely not the first.
> Don't students learn how to solder, and use a voltmeter,
> and things like that any more?
computer hardware is now all fru (field replaceable units) my boss used
to stay up late repairing floppy drives for cpm computers which when a
floppy drive cost a grand was worth it. now a floppy drive is all but
obsolete and a new drive costs less than €10 its not worth hitting it with
for those handy with a soldering iron and voltmeters the money i believe
is in pic controllers.
>> What exactly do they learn?
how to abuse microsoft licences? how to listen to users lie on the phone
that they didn't change anything?
> And they don't look like computer people any more.
> I mean, they look quite normal.
i'll just pop off and put on my blue socks and brown sandles. :-)
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