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Re: SUCCESS!!!! - was {Re: Backup problem using "cp"}




On Friday 11 May 2018 11:28:08 Curt wrote:

> On 2018-05-11, Richard Owlett <rowlett@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On 05/11/2018 08:13 AM, tomas@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
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> >> On Fri, May 11, 2018 at 07:59:30AM -0500, Richard Owlett wrote:
> >>> On 05/06/2018 09:22 AM, Richard Owlett wrote:
> >>
> >> [...]
> >>
> >>> I've been introduced to many commands and some of the "logic" of
> >>> the Linux way of doing things.
> >>>
> >>> Thanks everybody.
> >>
> >> Thanks for keeping things interesting & fun with your (sometimes
> >> whimsical ;-) enquiries.
> >
> > I don't recall being whimsical.
> > Weird. Possibly. Been told that for >70 years ;}
>
> Yeah. And one man's fun and interesting is another man's so narrow and
> exiguous a corner case no one but Owlett himself could possibly fit
> into it.

But he is not quite alone in his corner. I was about 8 years old when I 
asked my uncle, who made his beer money fixing the "all American" 5 tube 
radios of the day (this was about 1942) what was wrong with the waxed 
paper sealed electrolytic capacitor he had just changed. He didn't know  
but pulled a cabinet door open that had a hand written menu on it 
titled;
IF
and one  of the lines said "it hums, change the filter caps." But that 
didn't tell me why and I was full of why's.

So on my mothers (she had the distinction of being the only girl in the 
1929 class on aviation technology at Des Moines Tech High School, and if 
she didn't know the answer to my questions, she did know where the 
library was) next trip to town, she hit the library and brought home a 
couple books that were state of the art in 1942, about high school 
physics. One chapter was on capacitance and how it was made. So on our 
next Sunday trip to Des Moines, I blew my uncle away by telling him what 
was wrong with those capacitors. That of course got me introduced to his 
collection of sci-fi books. And generated a lifelong passion for things 
technical.

With an 8th grade education, I have made my living in some field of 
electronics since I was 13, and retired from a tv station in June 2002 
as the Chief Engineer, a chair I didn't spend a lot of time in but had 
it for 18 years. Nothing went out of the building to be repaired during 
my tenure unless the maker refused to supply parts or docs. Even Fuji 
had to learn they weren't the only magicians who could repair their 
$7800 tv zoom lenses. Now I'm 83, and still putzing with this stuff, 
with 4 metal carving machines that I converted to be cnc controlled.

I suspect, if we could get Richard to talk, that he too was a nerd before 
the word was invented. Maybe, but he got a later start...

-- 
Cheers, Gene Heskett
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