[semi-OT] local stores selling computer parts

S. Dale Morrey sdalemorrey at gmail.com
Tue Sep 6 01:42:11 MDT 2011


Believe it or not Radio Shack does sell the serial cable you are asking about.
I nearly died of shock when I found out the store in Orem on South
State Street across from University Mall actually keeps them in stock.
In fact I have a brand new one sitting here I'm no longer using that I
bought to program a PIC a few weeks back.  Cost me $12.99 IIRC  A USB
to serial cable is about $19 there.

There is also Central Utah Electronic Supply in Provo and they have
tons of great stuff if you are in Utah County, if I can't find it at
Radio Shack (I live like next door to RS), I've been in the habit of
going to CUE lately.
http://goo.gl/5CTGi

RA-Elco in SLC if you are up that way is another good place to look.
http://goo.gl/66RsY

Unlike most of the other places around if you have a clue what you
need, these places can either find it and order, show you how to make
it yourself, or make it there for you (one time ra-elco actually made
an impossible to find cable for me themselves, you just have to ask.)

However those are electronic supply houses, and don't typically have
anything resembling modern computer equipment.  In fact CUE has a
dinosaur for sale inside one of their counters, I think it's a
Commodore PET.

I remember AROMA, sadly they bit the dust several years ago.  I'm
pretty sure the other recommend of PC Discounters is also long gone
now, their Orem store has been shuttered for a few years anyways.

Unlike most of the list I have a real bad taste in my mouth for JPL,
formerly MAS formerly Computer Recyclers.  I haven't tried them in
several years but last time I did business with them I got burned for
several thousand dollars after they accepted some equipment for trade
in credit and then when I went to actually use the credit they had
"lost it".  I wouldn't touch that place with a 10ft pole.  They keep
changing names because they keep giving themselves a bad name.

For most computer equipment NewEgg is your best bet, but I've found
some smoking deals on Craigslist too.  You just have to search,
locally I can't personally recommend any place anymore.

Just my 2 cents.



On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 10:17 PM, Michael Torrie <torriem at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 09/05/2011 07:22 PM, Levi Pearson wrote:
>> On Sep 5, 2011 6:17 PM, "Michael Torrie" <torriem at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On a serious note, serial communications will likely never go away
>>> especially in embedded environments.
>>
>> Considering that USB is also serial communication, that's certainly true.
>> But just about every embedded board I work on comes with a USB dongle, so it
>> would make little difference if they were doing something besides rs232
>> serial.
>
> Well what I mean is that it's super simple to rig up a gpio port and
> some serial routines to output debugging information, etc.  A serial usb
> thing would probably be overkill for such an adhoc need.
>
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