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The Sci.Electronics.Repair (S.E.R) FAQ
Sam's Laser FAQ
Silicon Sam's Technology Resource (SSTR)
Other Sam's Documents

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Samuel M. Goldwasser
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These listings and links identify those web sites where I have some sort of control and attempt to maintain up-to-date versions of all the documents where possible. Additional options may be found at the mirrors info of the Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ sites themselves.

Some Web sites get updated more frequently than others. Therefore, a bit of surfing may identify more recent versions of some of these documents and will permit you to locate the site nearest your physical location - to minimize the traffic jam on the information superhighway, um, parking lot :-).

Note: The most up-to-date version of this document is at Master Copy of Home and Mirror Site Locations.

Descriptions of the Various FAQ Collections

  • SERFAQ The Sci.Electronics.Repair (S.E.R) FAQ is an extensive set of documents on consumer electronics (and other) troubleshooting and repair, testing, general electronics, reference information, assorted schematics of interesting and sometimes unusual devices, links to over 1000 technology related Web sites, and more. It was developed specifically for the DoItYourselfer (DIYer) and tinkerer, hobbyist, experimenter, engineer, dentist, and poet. The S.E.R FAQ includes all of the material I have written (nicely formatted by Filipg G.) as well as many articles and references from others. To the best of my knowledge, this is the most comprehensive collection of information of its kind in the explored universe.

  • SLFSam's Laser FAQ (SLF) - A Practical Guide to Lasers for Experimenters and Hobbyists - contains extensive practical information on a variety of laser related topics. Sam's Laser FAQ is present at all S.E.R FAQ (and SSTR - see below) sites, but due to its nature and size, is also available as a self contained document and at other sites as well. Version may vary slightly by site but all are quite recent and nicely formatted including a full table of contents, list of all associated files, and extensive cross-links. The complete Sam's Laser FAQ may be downloaded for convenient high speed local access. See: Sam's Laser FAQ Local Installation for details.

    The Laser Equipment Gallery (LEG) includes a collection of photos of various laser systems, power supplies, and components. Due to its size, the LEG is only present at selected sites and is NOT part of the FAQ distributions.

  • SSTR Silicon Sam's Technology Resource (SSTR) includes all the documents I have authored but most of the large repair guides which constitute the "Notes on the Troubleshooting and Repair of...." series are not as nicely formatted (not table of contents or cross-links) as those of the same name which are part of the S.E.R FAQ. However, the actual information content may be more recent since the formatted FAQs do not get updated as frequently. The complete SSTR collection may also be downloaded for convenient high speed local access. See: Silicon Sam's Technology Resource Local Installation for details. Note that while SSTR sites include Sam's Laser FAQ, it is NOT part of the SSTR download package and must be installed separately.

  • Copies of some of these documents, particularly the various repair guides of the Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ, may be found at other totally independent sites. However, unless they are live links back to one of the sites below, the versions are likely to be quite old (relatively speaking, at least). There are also some additional sites which have copied and modified some of these documents to provide a more user friendly graphical user interface. So, if you stumble across something that looks vaguely familiar, you will know where it came from. In either case, if there is no acknowledgement of the origin in the links or at the beginning of the document, please let me know!

    The Main Table of Contents (ToC) links, below, are the usual jumping off points for the good stuff for on-line viewing :-). Those labeled as 'Zipped' may be downloaded as a single compressed file and easily installed to create a local browser accessible copy.

    Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ Home Site

    The latest versions of these documents are available at the Home site:

    Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ Mirror Sites

    These sites have various versions depending on who maintains the content. For those where I have upload access at least, versions will be quite recent. Hopefully, some sites will have fully automatic mirroring but that is in the future. They are listed in no particular order - maybe alphabetic, then EDU/COM, then USA/Foreign, then by distance, maybe. :-) The entries marked 'Zipped' provide a convenient way of creating a local browser-accessible copy of SSTR and/or Sam's Laser FAQ. See Silicon Sam's Technology Resource Local Installation and Sam's Laser FAQ Local Installation for details.

    Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ Archive

    The complete Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ (including information and links from other sources) may also be downloaded from the Circuit Cookbook Archive (CCA) sites. Both ASCII and local HTML versions are available but they are generally older than those at many other sites:

    Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ Italian Translation by Antonio Cristiani

    Most of the individual repair and testing documents (but not Sam's Laser FAQ) have been converted including the colloquial English phrases!

    Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ French Translation by GUILBAUD Christophe (Tophe)

    Portions of some of the individual repair and testing documents (currently just TVs and VCRs) have been converted. This site is under construction.

    Additional Sites with Silicon Sam's Technology Resource

    (I'm not sure if this one is maintained.)

    Additional Sites with Sam's Laser FAQ

    In addition to being included in the S.E.R FAQ and SSTR sites, there are several other sites which include Sam's Laser FAQ (SLF). Going to laserfaq.com, laserfaq.net, and laserfaq.org will redirect you to a Web site with a recent version of Sam's Laser FAQ. (This is actually the LaserFreak.net site, above.) A German translation is also under development which will be accessible from there or laserfaq.de in the future.

    Miscellaneous Sites with Sam Stuff

    A variety of documents that I have authored or coauthored are available on: Don klipstein's Lighting Technology Web Site. (Most of these are also part of the S.E.R FAQ and SSTR collections.)

    One of the latest versions of the document: "Notes on the Troubleshooting and Repair of Electronic Flash Units and Strobe Lights, and Design Guidelines, Useful Circuits, and Schematics" usually resides at:

    Fluorescent and discharge lamp info and troubleshooting documents:

    High Voltage Stuff:

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