David writes – “Microcontroller hobbyist and electronic project enthusiast can stock up on useful parts by scrounging. Before you throw away an electronic device, take it apart. Examine how it was made and what parts were used. Look for reusable power supplies, microcontrollers, connectors, LCD, LEDs, knobs, meters and even the enclosure.
This article describes a recent scrounging project on a 3Com SuperStack II switch. This Ethernet switch was purchased to use in a home network for $10 at a Goodwill computer store. Unfortunately it was discovered later that the device had very loud fans and was actually only a 10MBit switch. Instead of just throwing it away, it was gutted for parts.” – Link.
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