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Tom

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Canon ELF dies a horrible death...

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Bob
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Were you bored? That was a camera? 
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webchuck

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What are you doing Tom?..... parting it out? 
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Bob
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Skiing Stowe Friday morning if it snows. Stan might go too.  Get your gear sorted and stop playing with consumer electronics assembled on the pacific rim.

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Tom

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The LCD got shattered and it wasn't worth the cost to send it back to Canon to replace it. I always wondered what was inside those little digital cameras and thanks to a rainy day and boredom, now we know. The lens assembly was especially interesting. Complete with tiny motors to run the zoom/focus gearing. The CCD sensor had a cool infra-red filter lens. And the LCD was a series of panels connected to a processor. Everything was connected to a processor. Mostly small screws, snap fittings, and cable connections, with a few solder joints.

Technology is a wonderful thing but I don't like the way manufacturers design things to fail. We throw away millions of tons of "disposable" shit just because they aren't designed with replaceable parts. I (or a local repair shop) could have easily replaced the LCD panel if they'd designed it to be replaced. Remove the back plate, remove the LCD panel screws, unplug the LCD cable from the board. Get a new LCD panel. Plug in the cable, screw the LCD panel in place, reattach the back plate. Done. Same with most of the parts in that camera. They could have been designed for easy replacement.

I'm still canoeing. With all the rain we got I think the Tinmouth Channel is prime for a day of paddling.

Skiing can wait. (Did I say that out loud?)
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bevis
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I counted the dots on wallpaper all day.
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Bob
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Serviceability is not in the design spec for any consumer electronics. Those things are designed to be built cheaply and built for one slice in time. On to the next one. 

Been working too much need a day to skin up hill and enjoy a mountain.
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