Re: Where would most of us be......
"...If we hadn't had a go at repairing things when we were PFYs?
Without tearing things apart and putting them back together and getting them to work (frequently with bits left over) there would be little interest in technical careers. Where is the next generation of tinkerers?
I have (almost) repaired previous ipods (well the 64GB is now a 20GB as I couldn't scrape up a proper replacement drive) and am no stranger to melting my digits on a soldering iron. Apple are doing a disservice to human curiosity,
Thankfully, I had no interest in medicine....."
I couldn't agree more.
Waaay back in the day I was an electronics engineer. I fixed everything from electronic typewriters, photocopiers, cordless phones and laptops and computers all to component level.
It meant understanding what I was doing but also being able to learn what were often quite clever interpretations of various things.
Then slowly and surely things became more modular in their repair - change the entire board and don't waste time repairing it.
Surface mount devices had already started to quicken this, but custom silicon that you couldn't actually buy was a huge contributor.
Then, for me, Dell knocked what was a huge nail in the coffin by offering a complete PC (an early Optiplex, if I recall) with a 3-year on site warranty for something like £360. This would've been around '96/'97
That's when I made the switch over to projects-based work.
I dabbled for a good 10 years or so afterwards, repairing the odd CRT TV or even a pump for a power shower one time, but gradually things became less and less and less repairable.
It was a great and constant learning curve and one I still miss even now.
The death of Maplin meant no easy access to those little kits you could buy to build with the kids - not that either of mine ever showed any bias for engineering of any kind.
I guess what I'm getting at is that it's not something that has happened overnight but with the likes of Apple and their drive to make things throwaway. it does seem to have accelerated. And it's a real shame.