On Sunday 13 August 2006 12:31 pm, Chuck Guzis wrote:
I think the big problem was a shift in thought.
Anyone who learned to
solder back in the handwired days remembers being told over and over again
that "Solder does not make a mechanical connection". Or in other words,
good wiring practice demanded that a wire be mechanically attached to its
terminal before solder was applied. Along come PCBs and what's holding
everything together? Solder. In fact, solder makes a great mechanical
connection--just ask any trumpet player why his instrument doesn't fall to
pieces when he picks it up--and it's the selfsame 70/30 alloy that
electronics assembly uses.
One wonders why so darn much of the stuff I try to salvage parts out of has
all of the pins bent over, which makes it *so* much more of a PITA...
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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"
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