Peepeep, another great poll here. I thought it would be interesting to share why we rated ourselves the way we did. I rated myself Upper Middle. In high school, I built from scratch a 50 watt stereo amplifier. The teacher gave the class the plans and we had a full school year to etch every circuit board and solder every resistor. I got mine to work but it did have some noise and hum. I have built Windows computers from components my employer was going to recycle (applying some skills I learned in high school). I know how to write computer code but I feel I am not very good at it. I have never been employed in the IT field but that is one area I would look toward if I needed to explore a career change.
When i was 14 I found two phones at a garage sale (when Ma Bell had the monopoly) Gutted them and somehow wired them together with a 6 volt lantern battery to make an intercom.
Built a bunch of desktop PCs, flipped a lot of laptops. If the fault was on the board, even a power jack, it went for parts because I sucked at using a hot air solder rework tool.
Built a network in the basement so my 2 sons could have LAN parties with their friends.
My smart home ecosystem is Hubitat Elevation.
My cameras, scale, robot vacuum are Wyze.
Restarted my scanner hobby after a 40 year hiatus due to family, work, time, $$$. Have a Uniden SDS200 scanner and a discone antenna on the roof. A web server built into the scanner software lets me listen to and control the scanner anywhere there is Internet access.
That question may suggest you are UMT. Though as MT I may not be qualified to judge.
How many miscellaneous drawers do you have? I have several. Ok, many.
Shifty McGruff. Oft seen in the company of Busty Macgregor. Strictly business, I’m sure.
When I was sixteen, I worked in a liquor/grocery store and was good at saving $. My eventual brother-in-law was a music lover and a purchaser of four or five albums a week. I visited my sister regularly when he wasn’t home and from his subset, I built my own, later to be remarked on by an acquaintance flipping through the orange crate: ‘Wuh, these are all GOOD albums, there’s not one stinker - what’s your secret??’
Any way, Mike (the BIL) would wax about the best stereo speakers on the planet that he craved and would some day own when he could afford: AR 3a’s.
Being an impressionable teen (he was James Dean incarnate, drove a midnight blue '55 T-Bird, the latest Playboy on the rear seat, always with a can of Coors and ciggie, manly chain ID bracelet, never seemed to eat) I bought them, as well as the AR FM Receiver and turntable. I had become an audiophile!
Only… I eventually found myself listening more to the system than the music. They used to have record grooming paraphernalia and I had it and stuff like that trying to keep the reproduction ‘perfect.’
Well, I fell in love with a human girl several years my senior and found that the sweetest music ever heard played on an AM/FM clock radio at three in the morning next to her.
Kinda lost interest in the AR after that…
Still have it though, in a closet. The tuner and turntable still work (the tuner emits a weird electronic squeeking sound when powering up that it had when I bought it as a floor model) the rubber band that drives the turntable is STILL SUPPLE and keeps the platter spinning near 33 rpm, the bass speakers are toast but for someone with the time and interest it’s all very restorable.
Not me though. I’m still stuck on the mystery of wee hours magic from a tinny speaker in the company of her.
That just might be the peep’s most charming post ever. Definitely top two.
And the way you know someone doesn’t know all that much about tech is when they rate themselves “Upper” Kind of glad to see no one here has yet.
On the other hand and in introspect*, that may a more benign version of the pathetic phenomenon that causes almost all millionaires (and probably billionaires) to consistently describe themselves as middle or upper middle class.