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TR Member Spotlight with Peconet Tietokoneet

The TR Member Spotlight goes Skype during this interview with one of the most interesting (and difficult to pronounce) member names in the TechRepublic community: Peconet Tietokoneet. Find out about PT's background in IT, how many motherboards he's smashed in his day, and much more.

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The TR Member Spotlight goes Skype during this interview with one of the most interesting (and difficult to pronounce) member names in the TechRepublic community: Peconet Tietokoneet.

Almost every week, Peconet Tietokoneet (PT)  is one of the top five TR members with the most thumbs up. Find out about the method behind PT's madness in the TR's Questions forum, his background in IT, how many motherboards he's smashed in his day, and then take a peek at one of his hobbies -- photography. Go to http://www.koffeephoto.com/en/, click "My Pictures," type "Keithin Koulu Kuvat" (without quotes) as the login name, and the password is Snowball47696950.

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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

54 comments
Old-Fart-IV
Old-Fart-IV

Enjoyed hearing of your experiences :) Component-level troubleshooting, Soldering, Smashing Circuit Cards -- looks like we have had some of the same experiences. I viewed your photo albums, and enjoyed the photos. I did not see any captions in English, were all pictures taken in Finland?

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Another accent, love it. Another voice to go with a familiar moniker and avatar. Nice to hear your voice. I like to build them, but I don't think I have anything on you. Soldering, building boards, not just PC's. Pretty cool. :D Working on those years, myself. ;) Thanks oodles, both of you! edit Ack! A typo!

CaptBilly1Eye
CaptBilly1Eye

Again, it's always great to be able to tag a name with a voice and personality. ? Gawd. Another heavy British accent! ...looking forward to a pod that I don't have to play more than once so as to catch everything that's said. :D :^0 ? Seriously, great to hear your story, PT, and thanks for sharing the terrific pictures! ? Keep 'em comin', Sonja! ? secretly, I hope PT goes on a long vacation. Maybe then I'll get a chance to answer some more questions. As it is, by the time I read them, he's already answered them. I could then also stop saying "damn that Peco-feet Whats-his-face!". :-)

JimInPA
JimInPA

PT I have long been impressed with your ability to answer questions. You always seem to know just where to look. Keep up the great work.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

Now that he has participated, he is eligible for SWAG :0 That means he will no longer be Riff-Raff :0 :0 :0

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

Nice spotlight. The audio played just fine but the radio box, or whatever you call it, showed no function whatsoever. Just thought I'd mention it.

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Nice to hear from you PT. I used to do a little programming in basic on my Commodore +4 and my Amstrad 128k too. I was a pre-teen and teenage though, so it was mostly games for me back then. :D BTW, that Ferrari GTS in your pics is pretty sweet. Reminds me of the old game Outrun. :p

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

Good to hear from you P_T :) Very interesting, and those photo's are good -- thanks :)

jdclyde
jdclyde

amazingly clear, especially coming from "that side" of the world. Another good cast, and was interesting to hear from and about PT.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Now that I've had a chance to talk to him and learn the true pronunciation! The challenge for me next week is to say it correctly on TROLOV (too late for this week's show... sorry, PT)! As I said in the blog post and the interview, this was the very first Skype call. Maybe next time we can even incorporate VIDEO?! Many thanks to PT for the interview, and also for allowing me to post his login information so that the TR community can view his photography. I know that IT is a common thread that binds the TR community together, but the things that you all enjoy doing outside of computers is also important. Thanks for sharing this side of you, PT!

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

Soddering -- is that like sodomy ?:| ?:0 Did you mean soldering?

JimInPA
JimInPA

I bet you have some swag and you'll always be Riff-Raff ;) I mean that as the highest compliment of course.

jdclyde
jdclyde

that just downloads the MP3 and listens to it locally? :0

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

We killed castfire a couple weeks ago, because it kept messing up. Uploading the podcast shouldn't take twice as long as recording and editing it! ACK! I'm able to play the podcast through the radio box or clicking on the link. It says "Search isn't ready for content," but it still plays. Do you see or experience something different? What browser are you using?

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

using a hammer on a motherboard can be fun, however really thrashing it can be Super fun. Some suggestions Dremmel tool treetop toss Sawsall Good Boot MB frisbee (especially into a concrete object) Hmmm, gotta go or I'd post more :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

Wonder if PT will miss his own party? :D

Old-Fart-IV
Old-Fart-IV

Take your time getting the photo posted .. You probably have other activities that are of higher priority. I have not traveled to Finland yet and it might be awhile before I get back to traveling for work or pleasure. My job during the time period 1995 to 2002 had me traveling to many countries for long stints of work in Europe and Asia. I spent about 6 weeks in Copenhagen and the southern Sweden (Malmo) in the late 90. Your country-side photos remind me of the few weekends I spent with Swedish co-workers at their ?summer? cabin.

JimInPA
JimInPA

Mrs. Jimmy-Jam is always rolling her eyes how much I am on. Gotta be pretty late where you are eh?

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

When I listened to the podcast there was no radio player activity even though I could hear the show just fine. It's all sorted out now, plays just fine and is controllable by the player.

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

But, that's not to say I haven't had download issues in the past either. They get straightened out but I'm sure that it's frustrating, on both sides of my monitor. All of this broadcasting is still relatively new, I'm sure there's a bit of the learning curve left to climb. They'll get it. I really hope they're not discouraged and keep Member Spotlights and TROLOV as features because I enjoy them so much.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

geez, didnt you follow the TROLOV issue last week? He downloaded it as well (as did I) and it still didnt work. I think OTR is the 'beta tester' for these video/audio files :D (and he didnt even know it)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I see the [b]Search isn't ready for Content[/b] but that's it as far as playing the Pod Cast goes. Well I did wait only 15 minutes so I'm supposing that it's not working. :D Though it downloaded quite well and plays perfectly OK. Col

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

I'm currently using Opera. You'll see in Justin James spotlight that the audio wouldn't play from the page, like this one did, but the download for JJ played just fine.

Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632
Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632

Until i slowly ran out of money. So i un-soldered the dead components and replaced them with similar components from RS components. I had a wife who worked there so got them for nothing. And i still solder on components to this day, it is a hell of a lot cheaper than a new motherboard, until the other components become obsolete then it will be due for a brand new board. Thanks for the list though. :)

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

so I'm sure he'll pop by. Who doesn't like a party? ;-)

Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632
Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632

I suppose so being up this late. I am still looking for the near perfect software that will cover all types of hardware. Something you just pop in the dvd drive (minimal install) and let the software take over, let it ask you what you want and you just say yes or no and then it will just load on the the programs that you are interested in instead of the software being so bloated. That way you can delete or put in the background (not running) so as to release the memory for other programs that you want to load or run. Saying that pioneer is working on a 16 layer dvd disk that will hold near on 400gb of data. So i am always looking for improvements to the way i work or to make things even easier for people to do their work. So being a machine, well i am looking to build one of them so that it can go out to work for me. ha ha :)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

The BALTHOR was the first AI test, P_T is the second gen..... Hmmm, on second thought, we did hear him ?:| or was it voice sw?

JimInPA
JimInPA

It's 8:20 PM here and I'm already tired. :(

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

Guess he didn't follow the issue last week. Sonja and others got the entire thing resolved too. Everything works like it should.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Good idea but I think that the Electronics Designer who was running that course would have Flipped. Of course the first day he was in AU from Europe and saw me threating Dealers with a pair of Handcuffs and a Stock Whip tended to upset him a bit. But what was even worse is that none of the dealers would make a complaint and they all ran to me to tell me what was happening. :^0 Of course having other Techs there who had no Electronics Training at all just Mechanical Repair Training didn't help as they all looked blankly at the wall. But even I thought that a explanation of [b]A Light Without a Filament[/b] was incorrect as the actual PN Junction is the filament. :0 Col

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

a small amount of gasses that create mini nuclear explosions in a contained case. If the case breaks, and the explosion is allowed to escape, then you can blow up a city block :0 At that point, how many of those people would stop kicking their systems :0 :^0

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I need an answer that will allow the [b]Average Person on the Street[/b] to understand what a LED is. :D Of course I know what it is but when you try to communicate to Joe/Joanne Average things get much harder. :( I did start off with a Light Emitting Diode as well and even gave a description of how it actually works at the PN Junction but the person in the room who needed it explained to them started inspecting the ceiling to see if it needed painting again. Of course that's the worst thing when you are the only qualified person at a class you get picked on for the right answers when no one else has a clue and then because you know it they pick on you again to show just how hard it is to communicate the Technical Jargon to the End Users. :0 Col ]:)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

is a Light Emitting Diode. Basically gasses inside the plastic LED, which, when heated by electricity will glow. I hope that helps!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I've just spent the better part of the day with a Dell NB well part time at least from 7.30 am till now at 2.25 AM when I pushed the [b]Wrong Button[/b] and it's now trying to run the recover Option which isn't as yet built. :( I knew I had a problem when after 25 minutes it had not restarted but Vista is very bulky and this system is very poorly configured so I took a forward step and tried XP and it's not any faster a real piece of Crap this is and it's driving me crazy. As if that is hard. :^0 Anyway after that mess up I'm going to get some sleep and think about [b]Parking a Big Excavator[/b] on it. :0 See you lot is a few hours and then I expect you to have finished your Soldering Course. And using a Plumbers Gas Fired Soldering Iron doesn't count. :8} Now in the mean time explain to me what a LED is. I got caught out with that one many years ago and I never did get a good answer for it but then I'm no end user either. ;\ Col ]:)

Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632
Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632

Some components die for no reason, so to have your question to pin point to a single point of failure is hard to answer unless i did cause the failure in the first place. In my experience of soldering new parts and components i have no problems. And components are far far cheaper than say a new board. But thanks for your input.

jdclyde
jdclyde

do you question the integrity of the rest of the board after you find the bad part? Do you find more of a single point of failure, or more from a surge or overheating?

jdclyde
jdclyde

the cost of the replacement parts....

Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632
Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632

When you have a big wall chart it is very easy to recognise the component you want, and they are pretty cheap compared to a new board. Once you know the suppliers then it is easy work. Ok a few hours to take off and replace but in terms of money it is cheaper. Plus if you have the pin tip type soldering iron it makes it even easier to solder the components. I always tested the component before soldering so as not to waste time. Just a few things you learn over time. Now a days it is "i want it running now", instead of waiting a few hours for (and cheaper) a little component to be soldered. But there you go, progress to me is getting the computer to run with very little outlay. Less money spent on a new motherboard or computer makes for a nice holiday. Thanks for you input though.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

put me around a soldering iron and I need to 're-do' the job 4 or 5 times till it is 'good enough'! I was taught in the school that I went to, that you replace rather than fix, due to cost. most boards for regular systems were cheaper to buy than to spend a few hours identifying all of the bad parts, re-soldering, and re-testing.

Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632
Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632

The time difference from the Usa to Finland is why i have not replied as fast. So thank you Sonja for the interview. I though that the skype phone would not do justice but it turns out to be a very good piece of equipment indeed. So anyone without skype, i say get one now. :) This is the first time in my life to be interviewed on a forum such as this, and it is a thrill to be apart of something good, also having friends that i have not even seen but only by name. To me this is a piece of history that i will not forget. To see my name amongst yours in print serves to prove that we are here to not only have a laugh and bitter about each other but to help each other out the best we know how, even if it turns out to be wrong. So i thank you all and to TechRepublic including Sonja, for putting up with me. Thanks to all once again. :) P.T.

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

I hate parties. Just ask my wife. ;\

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