Setting up a VAXstation

Roy J. Tellason rtellason at
Thu Oct 4 00:56:42 CDT 2007

On Wednesday 03 October 2007 13:49, Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
> Fred Cisin wrote:
> >> I suppose I have a lot of practice, but I can strip, order, cut and
> >> crimp and RJ45 for ethernet in about 30 seconds.  It takes longer than
> >> that for my iron to warm up.
> >
> > only because you've been turning it off or unplugging it between uses.
> I'd rather my tips not oxidize.
> Peace...  Sridhar

That's why I built a little box with a couple of switches,  a couple of neon 
indcators,  and a couple of rectifier diodes...

One switch turns it on and off.  The other cuts the power to half,  which I 
leave it on for "standby".  And with a 45W element holding a 1/8" chisel tip, 
they last a LONG time for me.  Years,  even,  depending on what I'm doing.  
Lots of salvage with a solder sucker seems to eat 'em up quicker.

Member of the toughest, meanest, deadliest, most unrelenting -- and
ablest -- form of life in this section of space,  a critter that can
be killed but can't be tamed.  --Robert A. Heinlein, "The Puppet Masters"
Information is more dangerous than cannon to a society ruled by lies. --James 
M Dakin

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