29 Nov '11, 5pm

Book Review: How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic

Book Review: How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic

How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic By Michael Jay Geier; McGraw-Hill/ TAB Electronics, 2011; 336 pp.; US $25; ISBN 978-0-07-174422-5 We don't fix anything anymore, more's the pity. There's an old-world charm, an almost romantic allure, to bringing once-useful gadgets back to life. Repair can save a lot of money, and it's a terrific way to make engineering accessible and attractive to kids. But trouble­shooting modern gadgets isn't easy. And so, sensibly (if counterintuitively), Michael Jay Geier's entertaining book, How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic , pushes an approach that very nearly revels in not knowing the details of how broken devices are supposed to work. As Geier explains, the days when analog parts drifted out of tune due to wear, weather, or accident are mostly gone, and circuit and system designers have spent the last 30 years working to ...

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