[Coco] Radio Shack CEO Resigns
gene.heskett at verizon.net
Wed Feb 22 00:08:10 EST 2006
On Tuesday 21 February 2006 23:42, RJRTTY at aol.com wrote:
>In a message dated 2/21/06 11:28:29 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
>random_rodder at yahoo.com writes:
>>High priced definately the fact at RS. I went
>> in there to buy a new soldering station
>>and a Coco compatible tape recorder. The recorder
>> was $40 and didn't even come
>>with an A/C power cord. I put everything back
>>and purchased the recorder from eBay
>>Will not go back to R/S anytime soon.
>DO NOT buy any soldering irons at the Shack. I bought
>one to use as a backup and when I fired it up the tips lasted
>about a half day of heavy use. THe tips on my Weller
>and Xytonic irons last over a year!!! What a difference.
I have an original xytonic(sp?) thats about 17 or 18 years old that may
have the original tip still in its ditty bag. The handle went south 6
months ago when I was up in MI and plugged it into a drop cord that was
obviously misswired as the instant I touched it to the nearly grounded
point I was going to solder, all hell broke loose, blowing a small
resistor and the triac on the internal pcb to smithereens along with
the thermocouple in the handle. Lit up the whole room rather well.
The drop cord wasn't mine, but nobody objected when I unplugged it, and
cut the obviously tampered with female end off it while swearing loudly
at the color blind person who put it on back in the mists of time. For
all I know, it might have been one of the 2 so-called 'engineers'
standing there observing me at the time. And in Iron Mountain MI,
there was not the slightest chance I could find enough parts to fix it.
But its back in business now, and I'm a little wiser.
Yes, those iron plated tips for the xytonics/gc iron are made of good
stuff. I may have bought more in a different style, but I have yet to
trashcan one of them. That iron has probably got the equ of 10 years
of 8 hrs a day use on it now.
Weller dropped the ball IMO. I have an original WTCP that has at least
that much time on it, still running on the orginal heater allthough the
si rubber coated handle cordage is in pretty bad shape. I bought
several of the newer, blue models at the tv station but got tired of
heater failures in 4-6 months & coopers lassez faire attitude over
shiping replacements in a timely manner. After buying them an xytonic,
it ran so well that over the years I bought the tv station 2 more of
them, and all 3, AFAIK, still work today. And I bought myself one 2
weeks after buying the station the first one all those years ago. I
can recognize a good tool when I see it. And its a good tool.
People having trouble with vz bouncing email to me should add the word
'online' between the 'verizon', and the dot which bypasses vz's
stupid bounce rules. I do use spamassassin too. :-)
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