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No knowledge is ever wasted

Discussion in 'Technical' started by chelloveck, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    In a different thread I posted the remark "No knowledge is ever wasted". Recently I discovered how useful my long ago, virtually forgotten secondary education can be useful at times.

    My poor old laptop, (about 6 years old by now) has had in recent years, a tendency to overheat and switch off at the most inconvenient moments. I thought about the problem for a little while, and in a dim dark recess of my brain, some synapses fired, reminding me of the physics of heat transfer. After a little cogitating, I found a 12" stainless steel ruler that I had acquired for no particular reason, placed a couple of strategically located dobs of blu-tack at either end...and stuck the ruler in intimate contact over the hottest part of the computer...and then directed a USB powered fan to play over the ruler. Overheating problem solved.

    It sometimes amazes me how useful the stuff that the science teacher was droning on about at the time, has actually been put to effective use.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2015
  2. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

    Twelve inch heat sink?? Bright!!
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  3. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    Necessity is the mother of invention and the one rolling her eyes at fixer upper solutions.
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  4. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    Great solution to your problem Chell. Sad to say that creative problem solving is gone for a majority of the last two generations. The internet is great but is causing people to not think and look for the easy answer.
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  5. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    It's the last vestiges of exposure to parents who learned make-do-ism in tough schools....(WW2 Europe and the great depression). Money was scarce, and one learns to be resourceful. I could buy a brand new laptop....but I'm kind of used to the old girl's quirks. I just make sure I back up my data regularly, in the event that she finally divorces me for good!
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