HP-IB, Amigo/cs80 was Re: hp 9153 floppy & disk
ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Wed Feb 17 14:53:41 CST 2010
On 2/17/10, Dave McGuire <mcguire at neurotica.com> wrote:
>>>> ...like it or not,
>>>> building that interface is going to involve some soldering.
>>> I think that last part is the part you're missing. Many people
>>> will do anything to not solder...
>> What I don;t get is _why_ there's this aversion to soldering.
> It's the same psychological issue that people who are ok with
> soldering have with surface-mount components. It's fear of something
> new or different, and it's all in their heads.
I agree, but I'd like to add that I think it goes beyond simple
neophobia - the activity is unforgiving of failure - a joint is good
and works, or a joint is bad or marginal and it fails or works
intermittently (which is worse). From trying to teach soldering, the
unforgiving nature leads to student frustration.
They hear it's "hard", the see it's "hard", they don't want to try,
and if they do and it doesn't work, it tears down the confidence to
It takes practice and it takes persistence and it takes the
willingness to risk failure - things that don't seem to be so popular
lately (and mentioned in this article on the job market
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