Salvage is Fun

Make: has an article on scrounging electronic parts: "This article describes a recent scrounging project on a 3Com SuperStack II switch. This Ethernet switch was purchased to use in a home network for $10 at a Goodwill computer store. Unfortunately it was discovered later that the device had very loud fans and was actually only a 10MBit switch. Instead of just throwing it away, it was gutted for parts."

I must say that salvage is an excellent source of parts for many a project. I discovered a pile of discarded exercise entertainment systems, which yielded dozens of PICs, voltage regulators, cassette players, and most importantly, miniature LCD screens. The units as a whole appeared completely nonfunctional, but on a hunch I extracted one of the LCDs, and…

The things robots throw away...

True, your friends or spouses may ridicule your penchant for bringing home "junk", may bemoan the space your collection is wasting, may plead you for the love of God to throw some of it, any of it, away. To them I say that junk is something that you throw away right before you finally need it.

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