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[*] Post 492448 posted on 30-12-2014 at 18:54 Reply With Quote
Young people are lost generation who can no longer fix gadgets, warns professor.

I watched the Christmas lecture, given by this lady:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11298927/Young-people-are-lost-generation-who-can-no-longer-fix-gadgets-war ns-professor.html

She's right, of course. I remember, when I was younger, everyone along the street used to bring me their record-players, tape decks, wirelesses (as they were known, back then) and all manner of things, for me to repair.

But, there are a couple of problems, with that, now. Often (Mostly?), it's actually cheaper to buy a new one. Plus, of course, today's stuff is all digital and sealed-unit stuff, which is impossible to repair without a load of specialist tools.

Pity. I have an old Sony "Tapecorder" (An open-rell tape-deck), which is almost as ancient as I am and the thing still works as well as it ever did. But, of course, I've repaired it loads of times. Believe it, or not, I can still get some bits, for that, from Sony UK.

People never used to buy a new TV, when it died, coz the local repair man could usually sort it out, in a couple of days, at the most.

How long before we run out of the "rare Earth" elements, that current technology is using-up and ditching, too? Often, just because it isn't the latest "thing"?

How come mobile device recycling isn't big?

I have to say that I quite despair of the current "throwaway" culture. My computers are all second-hand, or built from other people's throw-aways and I'm, actually, quite proud of that.
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[*] Post 492450 posted on 30-12-2014 at 20:17 Reply With Quote

Yes. There was a shop in a nearby town which used to fix things and they went out of business because people stopped wanting to fix things.
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[*] Post 492457 posted on 31-12-2014 at 00:03 Reply With Quote

I, too still have a couple of old reel to reel decks. One (A Sony TC630) needs new belts, rollers and heads, but I am still to throw it away (I've had it for nearly 50 years.) and the other, a Thorn which takes pride of place in the lounge room, hasn't been powered up for a couple of years, though.

We do live in a throw away world, even cars are almost not worth repairing once they've gotten a few years old.
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