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    Quote Originally Posted by KC9UDX View Post
    Outside of fast food, our "fries" aren't much different than your "chips."

    In fact, the "fries" that come with our Friday Night Fish Fry tend to be even larger yet.
    I stand corrected! Shall not assume this in future. I must admit I don't remember seeing the large type in the US, but I didn't eat much of that sort of food there (mostly been on business trips).

    To bring this thread back on topic, when it comes to computers, I like "chips" and "fried" to stay far apart

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    Does anyone here in the states have any eletronic hobby shops that would sell components or the kits and tools like rad shack did all those years ago? Im not talking about Frys or large stores but local small hobby. There aren't any around my region I am aware of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VERAULT View Post
    on another note I was outside Milwaukee last November and I saw a ground round restraint! I hadn't seen one in about 18 years! I asked the girl at the counter and she said it was the last one. They still had popcorn machines but no silent films being projected to white screens.
    She was mistaken! I know where there are three of them, and I'm pretty sure there are others round the country.

    I went to that Ground Round a couple years ago. The experience was awful. I'm pretty sure the only way they stay in business is all the travelers at the hotels. The biggest thing they're missing though is the in-shell peanuts and the entertainment of wait staff slipping and dropping trays every few minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by justanotherhacker View Post
    I stand corrected! Shall not assume this in future. I must admit I don't remember seeing the large type in the US, but I didn't eat much of that sort of food there (mostly been on business trips).
    Next time you're coming, we might be able to find you some better food! Sadly though there is a huge trend toward phony Asian (but not Indian!) food here. American fare is on the decline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VERAULT View Post
    Does anyone here in the states have any eletronic hobby shops that would sell components or the kits and tools like rad shack did all those years ago? Im not talking about Frys or large stores but local small hobby. There aren't any around my region I am aware of.
    Nope, not even the parts stores that used to cater to the pros. Now it's "don't have the part but I can have it sent down from Seattle" sort of affair.
    In general, the big boys don't try to get the young 'uns interested any more. Anyone remember the Motorola "HEP" series? It was a good idea--I got my first exposure to the wonderful world of mW RTL IC logic from one of those kits. TO-99 cans, all.

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    Hobby Lobby sells a few solder together kits. That's about all. Most of the interest in hobbyist electronics, if you can call it that, is devoted to arduino/rasbpi/atomicpi, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tipc View Post
    Hobby Lobby sells a few solder together kits. That's about all. Most of the interest in hobbyist electronics, if you can call it that, is devoted to arduino/rasbpi/atomicpi, etc.
    Even if they pandered to the Pi or arduino kits, surely soldering kits would still be applicable. I would love it if my hobby lobby had an area for that, but alas it does not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VERAULT View Post
    Does anyone here in the states have any eletronic hobby shops that would sell components or the kits and tools like rad shack did all those years ago? Im not talking about Frys or large stores but local small hobby. There aren't any around my region I am aware of.
    http://www.bentonelectronic.com/

    I haven't been there yet, however friends have told me they've been in the business forever, and have a large ham radio/ DIY following. Their website isn't that great or definitive of all they have.

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    If you're near West Palm Beach, FL, Marlin P. Jones maintains an old-style hobbyist storefront. He's been around for quite some time.

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    There are a certain number of "kits" available from Digi-key, Mouser. Microcontroller and such. BG-Micro has odds and ends. There are smaller vendors with catalogs that sell spy oriented kits and whatnot. You'd have to search. Or hope someone sells your info to the right people.

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