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    #41
    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    I can't see the components on modern stuff any more.
    And don't get me started on trying to read the bands on Metal oxide resistors......

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      #42
      Originally posted by Protagoras View Post

      Time to to get a good illuminated magnifier and modern soldering station. I worked as an electronics design engineer for the first decade of my career and have taken up electronics again in my semi-retirement but needed help to see the components. It's now so much easier to source components, get PCBs made, afford test equipment. It's great fun!

      Decision making.
      - 2020, retired, but not taking pension, owing to attending too many funerals of those younger than me
      - 2022, started working part time, fully remote to mitigate the effects of inflation and top up pension

      Thanks to the OP for the idea. I can now self-identify as a 'Lazy Older Man'.
      I agree you need the right tools.

      buy one of these

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      and if that doesn't work

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereo_microscope
      "If you didn't do anything that wasn't good for you it would be a very dull life. What are you gonna do? Everything that is pleasant in life is dangerous."

      I want to see the hand of history on his collar.

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        #43
        Originally posted by RSoles View Post
        And don't get me started on trying to read the bands on Metal oxide resistors......
        Indeed not, I have one of those headband magnifier thingies and a nice tungsten desk lamp in order to have half a chance of reading & making sense of those, especially the blue bodied six band examples.

        Still have to use the meter to make sure I've read the damn things from the correct end.

        Originally posted by vetran View Post

        I agree you need the right tools.

        buy one of these

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        and if that doesn't work

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereo_microscope
        Got 'em both, though the stereo microscope was "liberated", being of little further use.

        I do miss the dear dead days so far beyond recall when a quarter watt resistor was carbon comp, big, and had at most 4 bands on it and my eyes still worked properly.
        When the fun stops, STOP.

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