The service manuals of old professional equipment are truly amazing, the schematics are shown in three different abstraction levels, every single connection is shown, waveforms at 100 different test points are drawn, every single component is listed, with step-by-step test and calibration guidelines. You can almost remove everything from the board and put it back together with a service manual.

Something that today's consumers can only dream of...

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@niconiconi Ever read a Commodore 64 user's guide?

It teaches you EVERYTHING.

E V E R Y T H I N G !

They don't make 'em like they used to!

@rick_777 @niconiconi Remember, this was in the time before "Let me google that for you."

Yeah but it also reflects the shift in corporate mentality. Like the good ol' Volkswagen, you could modify your C64 as you saw fit. It was YOUR hardware and you could do whatever you wanted with it.

Now, the only people authorized to modify your computer are the official technicians, so there's no need to give you detailed manuals. The OS spies on you, you can't modify it and they can disable it remotely at any time.



@rick_777 @niconiconi LIkely a bit of it all. For example, it's probably partly due to the fact that back then you needed to do much more to get anything done. While today much more is done for you.

To steal a quote I just heard on The Change Log, when cars first came out, the instructions on starting the car was two pages long because you needed to know much more.

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@rick_777 @niconiconi I'm not saying there isn't a ton of wanting to sell us things instead of letting us repair. Right to repair is a subject that pushes me over the edge. Just saying there are probably lots of reasons for it.

Don't get me started. Just thought of non user replaceable batteries and blood shot out of my eyes just now.

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