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Yeah, I remember the vacuum tube tester.  Plug in a tube and it would tell you if it was O.K.  I even remember those old vacuum tube radios on the old G.M. luxury cars.  They had a sound you just don't get today, even with those zillion watt rigs in the speedracer cars.  Or how about that old gas-fired heater in early chevies.  Or the moto-minders on the radiator caps of Model A's.  Whoops, going back a little too far.


Bob G.


From: Michel Blangy [mailto:mblangy(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 12:53 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at); steel steel; misc misc
Subject: RE: Damaged Calculator




Although I am perhaps younger than most on the list, I can sympathize with you. I was raised around a machine shop environment. He was a tool and die maker. I would regularly tag along with my dad on his daily trips to the hardware store. What a collection of tools we now have. How sad it is to see what the local hardware shop has today as compared to yesteryear. My dad could/can fix ANYTHING (except an lcd).


Does anyone here remember the days when one could go down to the hardware store an get a new tube for the television? I don't, but my coworker loves to tell that story.




-----Original Message-----
From: G Vishwanath [mailto:gvshwnth(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 9:15 PM
To: steel steel; misc misc; seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re:Damaged Calculator

Thanks to all who responded with suggestions, and expressions of sympathy and thanks also to all those who were frankly amused by my desire to repair something so inexpensive when a new one could be obtained at perhaps lesser cost.


Put me down as an eccentric fellow.

My mind, heart and soul simply rebels at the thought of casting away a perfectly good calculator whose limbs, brain, heart and soul are in perfect condition even after this act of dare devilry. Only the face is scarred.


Economy is a fetish with me. I am a fellow who does not allow his family to throw away the old tube of toothpaste when they find it difficult extract any more out of it. I use a pair of pliers or tongs and squeeze out two or three more helpings before I reluctantly cast away the old tube. Cranks like me get some weird pleasure out of all this.


Incidentally, the  mail to Calculated Industries customer service center that I had reproduced in my previous mail bounced. So now getting it repaired is out of question.


I will use it to adorn my office show case or perhaps as a good paper weight.