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Re: Is your Radio Shack like this?

Article: 7945 of alt.hackers
From: (Johannes Schwabe)
Newsgroups: alt.hackers
Subject: Re: Is your Radio Shack like this?
Date: 2 Jun 1995 18:06:08 +0200
Organization: Geeks International, Ltd.
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Status: RO wrote:
>to wait in line and listen to this Radio Shack employee "verbally
>assault" this guy left and right.  To make a long story short,
>this guy had some 12-volt DC device that he wanted to power off
>of 120-volt AC.  (Big deal, you're probably thinking - All he
>needed was a transformer.  That's the same thing I thought.)
>I have no idea where the manager was coming from.  She started
>screaming at the guy, saying "Sir, do you know what your house
>voltage is?!  What is it?!  It's 120, and you want to run something
>that uses 12 volts!  You can't do that!"

Very many (not all) sales persons are so INCREDIBLY stupid... they don't know
about the things they sell. Sell tech like toasters.. The typical
attitude of a suit. Guess hackers' typical attitude to suits... >-)

The canonical example is a salesperson, asked about a cheap mini-stereo or
something. "Frequency Range? It hasn't got one!"

Or look at all the Multimedia Computer catalogs. You can now play WAVs in
CD quality, can't you? I guess all the MOD fans must do something wrong ;)

Which leads to an
ObHiFiHack: building pseudo-quadrophony with a stereo set. 2 extra (back)
speakers, wired as follows:

----------R+>-------+-----------------------------------+         [+]
AMPLIFIER   !  !Right_Main_Speaker!             !back_right_speaker!
----------0->-------+                                   |
            !  !Left_Main_Speaker_!             !back_left_speaker_!
----------L+>-------+-----------------------------------+         [+]

The [+] denotes the phase of the speakers.
One can use lower-quality speakers as back speakers, and one must take
care the amp does not burn up. Try at your own risk.

It's not my idea.

  Johannes  ------------------------------------------ Ignoramus. Ignorabimus.
... I'm IMAGINING a sensuous GIRAFFE, CAVORTING in the BACK ROOM of a


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