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DIY person - your soldering iron never gets packed away 97 28.28%
Occasional tinkerer - you can make HW mods but would rather pay for a ready solution 159 46.36%
User - you'd much rather buy a ready made solution instead of wasting your time 87 25.36%
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Old 16 February 2007, 12:40   #21
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Give more DIY kits to the people!!!
Soldering is fun!!!
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Old 02 March 2007, 01:11   #22
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I made my own EPROM programmer many moons ago, ran through the parallel, even wrote my own smarty software too

if you added up the time to

prototype the hardware
prototype the software
build the hardware
build the software

test the hardware
test the software

now add the cost of

tools
solder
components
powerpack

Adding all that together I could of bought several EPROM programmers...

but hey... mine looks like it could REALLY burn and EPROM!!!

I just love building hardware / software.... I can't help it.

dont ge me wrong i would choose a cost effective solution if I felt i didn`t have the skills....

but me and my ... 8 soldering irons are rarely defeated!!!!!


my ultimate goal is to build an ALU from potatoes powered by lemon juice
Of course, if you don't do it yourself you won't get the skills... If you've got the time, interest and the brains to do it, then you should!
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Old 02 March 2007, 02:51   #23
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I concur... even if thats me your quoting!

sounds like a smart chap that zetr0!
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Old 13 May 2007, 06:56   #24
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Hi people,

Back in 1989 I made my own A501 clone, later an A520, modded a countless number of PC drives and boards for external ones, all of them hand made (ink, copper, acid and so). I love to make my own interfaces...
Now that I got an A1200/030-50 for free, I had to make a PC mouse hack and a VGA syncdoubler circuit to test my new friend (the 1084S wich came eith it is being repaired, by me of course!)
Maybe I'm crazy, lol.
 
Old 13 May 2007, 14:03   #25
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Hello Leethax0

Welcome to the EAB, I am sure you will like it here.

thats some impressive skills too be carefull you may end up with repair requests LOL
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Old 13 May 2007, 14:31   #26
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Old 17 May 2007, 14:27   #27
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I used to be a major tinkerer (OEER lol). I could build almost anything and I was always seen using a soldering iron on something or another.

Nowadays im so lazy I cant rememeber the last time I even opened something to be geeky.
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Old 17 May 2007, 14:39   #28
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@ElectroBlaster
you have betrayed you inner geek!

It is deemd by geekdom council that you must dissasemble a type 2 electronical device and re-assemble it

such type 2 devices are

Games Console
Plasma TV (keep away form mine!)
moddifying an isa buss to a zorro 2 extention
DVD player / recorder
err
errrr

yeah,.... that too...


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Old 17 May 2007, 15:07   #29
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Argghh the geek in me surfaced lol
And guess what! I have one of these that needs fixing: DVD player / recorder

EDIT: Please can I play with your plasma tv? I wont break it... honest lol
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Old 17 May 2007, 15:27   #30
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LOL ......


........ no




keep away from my 42" hitachi plasma!!!!
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Old 17 May 2007, 15:28   #31
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I guess you guys haven't google searched for toaster oven soldering, there's a whole world of surface mount and BGA stuff going on with toaster ovens, I kid you not.

Etching boards, soldering single strands of wire on Playstation chip legs, been there, done that, my soldering iron is rarely off, let alone packed away...

BTW, I need a UK source for 16F84s as I need to make a PS/2 mouse interface for my A600 project, the local Maplins doesn't seem to stock them any more, suggestions please?

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Maplin super sucks!!!!! a total let down.... most of my micro-electronics come from ebay stores these days!

heres one
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PIC16F84A-4-IP...QQcmdZViewItem

and
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PIC-16F84A-MIC...QQcmdZViewItem


wich reminds me i need to get a couple too
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Old 31 May 2007, 07:48   #33
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Old 31 May 2007, 11:17   #34
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personally, I can make stuff, but if I can get them ready-made (and thus in better quality) I prefer them... like the idekiller thingie... or the fan adaptor...
I can make it all myself as well, but I have a plumbing business, a job as a fitter and turner and a 15 month old as well, so when do I get the time? This is why I buy.
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Old 01 June 2007, 01:09   #35
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Old 15 November 2007, 05:08   #36
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I made my own EPROM programmer many moons ago, ran through the parallel, even wrote my own smarty software too

if you added up the time to

prototype the hardware
prototype the software
build the hardware
build the software

test the hardware
test the software

now add the cost of

tools
solder
components
powerpack

Adding all that together I could of bought several EPROM programmers...

but hey... mine looks like it could REALLY burn and EPROM!!!

I just love building hardware / software.... I can't help it.

dont ge me wrong i would choose a cost effective solution if I felt i didn`t have the skills....

but me and my ... 8 soldering irons are rarely defeated!!!!!


my ultimate goal is to build an ALU from potatoes powered by lemon juice
Heh, I did too... set the WABAC machine to 12 years ago Software was in Turbo Pascal+asm. I bought a commercial one in 1998, to not have to set jumpers for voltages, was repairing arcade PCBs. Only used it for strange old small 28V Eproms.

So, Jope, how about a link to the kit you're selling? Have PayPal, will travel... eh...

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Old 15 January 2008, 03:58   #37
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I am DIY guy too.

Fix a lot of Amiga and monitor stuff, create my own A601, fix a SCSI interface, swap capacitors in all my Miggys, convert a lot of IBM floppy drives to work on Amiga, put a reset pin (with proper heading pins) on A1200T (and make the tower, too!).

And a multitude of other small hacks. I never rest on past glory!
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Old 31 January 2008, 14:39   #38
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I'm getting braver with DIY to the point that I'm stripping down the A3000 that's been dead for 13 years and attempting a DIY repair.

The problem with it is PCB tracks. I'll make a new thread...

But in short, I'd be up for kit stuff. If possible, I'd like to buy the PCB premade as I've not yet made my own PCBs because of a lack of time and equipment.
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Old 31 January 2008, 18:30   #39
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I have a love/hate relationship with my soldering iron....it all depends on whether my 'project' works the first time or not
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Old 31 January 2008, 18:46   #40
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I know that feeling sooooo well, although fortunately my biggest self-build project to date (Velleman K8000, 839 solder points!) worked first time, and still works.
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