Ever broken an appliance?

This is, to me, what the Internet is all about. There’s a guide “Notes on the Troubleshooting and Repair of Audio Equipment and Other Miscellaneous Stuff” which is really fascinating. Somebody has gone to great lengths to collate information gleaned from various sources, mostly online, to provide a useful guide to general electronic equipment repair.

I first got online in 1993, and existed just as an email address and on a couple of newsgroups. Then Netscape 2 came out, and it blew me away. From then on, I’ve been surfing on a regular basis. Today, the net is great for just about everything, but then you felt you’d made a real discovery when you found information. The signal to noise ratio was perhaps a bit better back then, but it was technically challenging to get a lot out of it.

Web sites with truly useful information rarely have to look good. It’s better if they’re text only in the first place. They’ll work anywhere, print better, and generally tend to be the kind of site you need if you actually have to get something done. So when my bass amp broke, this site actually allowed me to repair it. Fantastic.

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