Gareth's Downstairs Computer
2017-06-06 12:39:33 UTC
When you've been brought up on discrete components and
with the associated test equipment, 'scope and voltmeter
to commission and / or diagnose your creations, how frustrating
it is, and how helpless do you feel, when the ADSL Internet
connection starts misbehaving!
Countless millions of transistors and no test equipment to
see if the ADSL signal is actually there, and only a couple
of lights on the router that tell you little more than that
the LED itself is OK!
Bring back the days of making your own point contact transistors
on a lump of galena, or winding your own capacitors from
paper and aluminium foil?
Finally got round to disassembling the router (hidden screws
under the stick-on feet) and it weren't a flat lithium battery,
but the other usual cause ... bulging electrolytics.
Reminds of how we used to wind up Ivor in the university
electronics store by enquiring as to whether he had
four rubber feet and a Bulgin Knob!
Bulgin; now, there's a name from the past; are they still around?