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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Amazing
Max The Magnificent   9/5/2014 1:59:51 PM
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@mhrackin: ...my rash decision to toss out my old (leather-bound!) TI data books...

TI had leather-bound data books???

     I never, ever saw one.

 

You threw them out??? ??? ???

     You mad, impetuous young fool! :-)

 

 

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Re: Amazing
betajet   9/5/2014 1:52:23 PM
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Maybe she specializes in the ones marked "See Librarian" in the card catalog :-)

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Re: Amazing
betajet   9/5/2014 1:50:22 PM
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@Wnderer: The book has the best acknowledgements ever...

My all-time favorite dedication is archy and mehitabel (1927) by Don Marquis:
Dedicated to Babs, with Babs knows what and Babs knows why.


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Re: Amazing
mhrackin   9/5/2014 1:01:48 PM
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I left out a key point about the leatherbound TI data dooks: they covered ONLY discrete devices and each volume was over an inch thick.  ICs (at least for TI) were a lab curiosity back then.  I used have (may still, in one of the zillion plastic and metal drawers in my basement lab) a TI404 silicon transistor that I had managed to loosen the metal cap from.  The device itself looked exactly like the old sketches in the (few) books on Semicoductor Physics (yes, I still have those) available then.  It was a tiny (but visible to the naked eye) bar of P-type silicon with even tinier dots of N-type doped Si on two opposite sides of the bar.  It introduced me to the optoelectronic properties of semis; I found that with the cap off, I didn't need to bias the base if the room was brightly lit!  That enlightened me (pun intended) to the similar behavior of my first single-transistor radio using a Raytheon CK722 germanium PNP that I designed long before I learned how to properly bias such a device (I was 11 at that time).  It worked much better at night when I would listen under the bedcovers if I shone my flashlight at it.  I had always wondered why....  That CK722 cost me $7.50 in the mid-1950s, representing mowing about 5 or 6 lawns!  PS: it acted that way because it was encased in plastic, not metal like the TI400.

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mhrackin   9/5/2014 12:42:58 PM
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"Taschenbuch" translates literally as "pocket book" which was aregistered trademark of Pengiun Books IIRC.

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Re: Amazing
mhrackin   9/5/2014 12:38:40 PM
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Yes I did read it, and it remnded me (sadly) of my rash decision to toss out my old (leather-bound!) TI data books just a few years ago.  I (other than what I listed in the previous post) figured I really couldn't justify the number of shelf-feet dedicated to stuff that was older than 20 years or so, or from suppliers no longer with us (even as parts of other companies).  The follies of youth.... To update the saying from MY youth, "Don't trust anyone under 60!"

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Re: Amazing
krisi   9/5/2014 12:15:04 PM
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Yeap, there will be copyright issues...if there were not Google would download all the books in the world...oh, yes, they are trying to just that...and put authors like me out of business

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Re: Amazing
Max The Magnificent   9/5/2014 12:14:27 PM
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@Wnderer: The book has the best acknowledgements ever...

That's not bad, but I still like the one I used in my book Bebop to the Boolean Boogie (An Unconventional Guide to Electronics), which reads:

 

This book is dedicated to my Auntie Barbara, whose assiduous scrubbing in my younger years has left me the proud owner of the cleanest pair of knees in the known universe!

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Re: Amazing
Wnderer   9/5/2014 12:01:26 PM
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@mhrackin This got me thinking about my abundant trove of old BOOKS


I used to surf the references in electronics books and app notes to find new books to read. I ended up with a bunch of old electronics books dating back to an 1894 copy of Heavide's electronic papers. My favorite is Harry S Black, of negative feedback fame, 1953 book Modulation Theory. It's really about communication theory and has chapters on Sampling, Information Theory, Pulse-Duration Modulation and Analog Digital Conversion using a coder tube. The book has the best acknowledgements ever:

"The author wishes to acknowledge the wholehearted cooperation and help of his many colleagues, particularly the suggestions of J.O. Edson, R.V.L. Hartley, H. Nyquist, R.K. Potter and C.E. Shannon."

The opening lines of chapter one are: "Boy winks at girl. Girl smiles. Here is an example of communication ..."

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Re: Amazing
Max The Magnificent   9/5/2014 9:42:07 AM
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@antedeluvian: I suspect that there may be copyright issues.

Yeah -- I did wonder about that (sad face)

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