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25 Mar 2013   #1
boohbah

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The decreasing price of technology...

how we used to live.

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25 Mar 2013   #2
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

Not only has the price of technology constantly creeped down over the past 30 years that I have been spending my money on it but my earnings went up along the way so today I can buy even more "stuff".
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25 Mar 2013   #3
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Yeah the cost sure has went down but the cost of living has went up
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25 Mar 2013   #4
A Guy

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The cost of TV's is killing TV repair companies. They are dropping like flies. We can only hope my company is one of the survivors! A Guy
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27 Mar 2013   #5
M1GU31

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Funny I just bought a new printer, a really simple one with a scanner and printer and it only cost me $40usd :P Stuff is geting cheaper compared to back then, got me a 22' 1080p tv for 150$
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27 Mar 2013   #6
boohbah

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
The cost of TV's is killing TV repair companies. They are dropping like flies. We can only hope my company is one of the survivors! A Guy
the starter is going on our samsung, takes ages for it to power up with green lines and crackles etc.
once i would have tried to have it repaired but if it can hold out a few months im looking to upgrade it for a smart tv.
i think the problem is that tv's are becoming like computers they are always bringing out newer higher specs and people want to upgrade not stay with the same old sets.
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28 Mar 2013   #7
A Guy

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
The cost of TV's is killing TV repair companies. They are dropping like flies. We can only hope my company is one of the survivors! A Guy
the starter is going on our samsung, takes ages for it to power up with green lines and crackles etc.
once i would have tried to have it repaired but if it can hold out a few months im looking to upgrade it for a smart tv.
i think the problem is that tv's are becoming like computers they are always bringing out newer higher specs and people want to upgrade not stay with the same old sets.
Can you solder? You have 3 or 4 bad capacitors in the power supply you will be able to identify them as their tops will be "popped" . An easy fix if you can get the caps (often 1000mf at 16-25v), and can solder. A Guy
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28 Mar 2013   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

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Bill, won't the caps need to be discharged first?

I saw Modern Marvels which said the first consumer GPS device cost $10,000, back in the early 90's I think.
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28 Mar 2013   #9
A Guy

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Nah, even if you shorted across them, it would just wake you up, lol. I've done that repair hundreds of times. A Guy
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28 Mar 2013   #10
strollin

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Bill, won't the caps need to be discharged first?

I saw Modern Marvels which said the first consumer GPS device cost $10,000, back in the early 90's I think.
It depends on the cap and where it is used. Small caps that are around the diameter of your thumb or less don't generally store enough energy to hurt you. It's usually the big caps associated with the power supply that are potentially dangerous.

If the first consumer GPS device cost $10,000 in the early 90's then they must have come down in price rather quickly. I purchased a Delorme Tripmate GPS with AAA Map N' Go software in 1996 for $300.



Notice that the GPS attached via serial port, USB was just starting to appear and USB support in Win 95 was flaky at best.

I ran it on a Fujitsu Lifebook 735DX laptop that had a 133Mhz Pentium M processor, 48M of RAM and a 2G hdd. All that power for $2,000!
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