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Vintage sense amps for my magnetic core store
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3/27/2007   Post a comment
I'm now the proud possessor of some 1974 vintage core sense amplifiers, the origin of which includes an interesting tale.
Coincidence? I think not!
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3/26/2007   Post a comment
Things are starting to get a little strange. Every time I write something about anything, someone says: "I was there!"
All sorts of "stuff"
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3/22/2007   Post a comment
A 1920 Comptometer mechanical calculator is winging its way to me from Argentina; the physical DIY Calculator works; part 4 of my HRRG series has been posted; and much, much more...
Testing mainframe computers using a small loudspeaker
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3/21/2007   Post a comment
An article on problem-solving in a 1970s IT department reminded me as to how we used to test mainframe computers using little more than a small loudspeaker.
Have I been praised or insulted?
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3/12/2007   Post a comment
Generally speaking I consider myself to have a reasonably extensive vocabulary and a certain dexterity with the mother tongue, so why don't I understand this email from a reader?
The biscuit bites back!
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3/9/2007   Post a comment
The meaning behind the Frank Zappa quote is revealed; plus we discover a kit that allows you to take high-speed photos with your digital camera.
The crux of the biscuit
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3/8/2007   1 comment
As part of a religious debate I found myself researching Frank Zappa, one of whose kids is called "Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen", and then things started to get strange...
Chair of the future meets home theatre watch!
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
It spins, raises, lowers, reclines, leans, and tilts; it's aesthetic, ergonomic, phantasmagoric, and just about any other "ic" you care to mention.
Domino-based versus organic computers
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3/6/2007   Post a comment
Sadly, domino-based computation will never catch on where I live, because I've just discovered that it's illegal to play dominoes on Sunday in Alabama.
Brian's Brilliant Monitor vs Max's Magnificent Monitor
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
For the past few weeks, Brian Beckius and I have been competing with each other to write the coolest monitor program for a virtual 8-bit computer.
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
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3/2/2007   Post a comment
Evolution versus Intelligent Design (AKA Creationism) versus Flying Spaghetti Monsters ... and don't forget the link between Pirates and Global Warming!


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Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
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It's autumn in New England. The leaves are turning to red, orange, and gold, my roses are in their second bloom, and it's time to remove the air conditioner from the window. On September ...

Max Maxfield

Feast Your Orbs on My Jiggly Exercise Machine
Max Maxfield
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Last weekend, I was chatting with my mother on the phone. She's all excited that I'm coming over to visit for a week in November. "I'll be seeing you in only seven weeks," she trilled ...

David Blaza

RadioShack: The End Is Nigh!
David Blaza
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I'm feeling a little nostalgic today as I read about what looks like the imminent demise of RadioShack, at least as we currently know it. An old ubiquitous cartoon image popped into my ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...