I presently do handyman work for a guy who does exactly that, buys cheap stuff that isn't necessarily for a specific purpose and build and fabricate
things from those parts.
Sometimes getting the wrong parts to work isn't so hard, sometimes it's a real pain, most times I stand to earn a few bucks keeping rinky dink
cobble jobs working though.
The best thing I ever learned was how to do this computer stuff because with all the information available online it's possible to get information
on how to get the wrong parts to work, frequently on a YouTube tutorial....
As an aside, it's really amazing how much stuff is literally online now like these smart TV's and so on, the guy I work for has smart everything,
water heater, TV and entertainment system, whole house backup generator, security cameras and alarms, even his elevator is online so he can bring it
down to the ground floor of his house with a smart phone.
Little does he know that his entire house could be taken over by a hacker, some kid in a basement who can access information online and get the
default access codes to nearly everything in his house and do as he pleases with it, nor does he realize that all of these things are susceptible to
damage from voltage surges, dropouts or static discharges like a simple lightning strike nearby.
It becomes a real pain in the ass to keep all of his trinkets up and running but it keeps me pseudo employed while simultaneously I am learning more
and more about these things all the time, which in turn makes me wonder where the world is actually headed with all of this technology just waiting to
fail when we are becoming so dependent on it.
I am one of the original Low-Techs like on Johnny Mnemonic, the more I learn about this stuff, the less I like dealing with it and watching people
become more helpless and lazy because of all of this technology.
Similar technologies are causing problems for workers here too, as in eliminating jobs and reducing the number of employees needed to do certain jobs
in nearly all fields, even digging holes....
Anyway, I just try to make the best of it without worrying much about things.
You can only do so much before you are doing little more than beating your head on a wall....
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