Question for the list
roger.holmes at microspot.co.uk
Wed Jun 14 16:47:47 CDT 2006
On 14 Jun, 2006, at 05:17, cctech-request at classiccmp.org wrote:
> Billy Pettit wrote:
>> But let's ask the list: is there anybody else out there or that
>> you know
>> who buys a product only if it has repair documentation available?
Yes, in 1992 I ordered a new (1993 model year) Jaguar XJ6 3.2 on the
that a printed workshop manual be supplied as well. Jaguar accepted
through the local main dealer and I was the first person to get a
copy of the five
volume set, one whole volume of which was circuit schematics.
> Since I have 0% electronics repair skills, no.
>> And as a corollary, do you only buy products you want to run 20
Yes, on my desk in regular use is a Sharp eLSI mate four function
with LED display, which was the best of my 21st birthday presents in
I collect classic cars, I have cars built in 1964,66,69,72,87 and 93.
I bought the
87 and 93 ones new, and my father bought the 69 Daimler in 1970.
>> can you accept a product as being expendable? How long should a
>> part last?
Sometimes, if they are really cheap or will be rarely used, but
tools, cars, houses and other
fairly slow moving technologies I expect to last a long time.
The point with most computers is that the technology moves forwards
so fast that I can
move ALL my old data onto a new machine with plenty of room to spare
every one or
two years, and also get a faster machine with more RAM etc. What I
lose out on is
things like my collection of old games which were written for the
Motorola 68000 which
would run on my PowerPC but I can no longer dabble in on my Intel
based MacBook Pro.
I also find some old word processing and drawing documents which are
format become unreadable, which is why I now store all long term text
plain ASCII, which I think will continue to be readable for a few
years yet even though
Unicode may sometime replace it.
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