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Move over, Monsieur Proust: I just had my own "madeleine" moment!

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zeeglen   1/30/2011 4:31:37 PM
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Back when I was a young teen a neighbour gave me a breadboarding system consisting of 1 foot square plexiglass plates drilled with holes that would accept press-in rivets to hold Fahnestock clips. I think this was made by DeVry as part of their home learning courses. Cleaning out the garage I stumbled across some old 5.25 inch floppies and a length of 8 level punched paper tape. The floppy drive is long gone, but I have some fond memories of those "tickertape" celebrations on the last day of college terms.

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rpcy   1/27/2011 9:03:42 PM
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Here's mine: wire-wrapping. I was cleaning out a tiny corner of the workshop when I ran across a wire-wrapped board, and suddenly realized I have a large skill set that the world no longer needs. I can put three reliable wire wraps on a single post, for example. I can unwrap a connection and rewrap using that same wire (but only once; after that the darn wire is too susceptible to breaking.) I can use wrap and unwrap tools, as well as a wire-wrap "gun". If the world ever comes back to wirewrap technology, it will beat a path to my door. Meanwhile, I'm not holding my breath.

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BicycleBill   1/27/2011 7:37:15 PM
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Ah, the 2N2222...and then there is the 2N3904. Both are still very available, BTW. Brian: "venerable" is one of my favorite big words--but I must remember not to ever cross you,you have a very good memory!

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Brian Fuller2   1/27/2011 6:25:35 PM
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That would be "Duane." Apologies!

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Brian Fuller2   1/27/2011 6:25:15 PM
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Not only has Mr. Schweber managed to use Proust and Madeleine in the same headline, he used the word "venerable" to describe the 555 last year. He's on a roll! Thanks for the heads-up, Dunae. Chris reached out to me on Twitter and I have neglected to follow up...until now.

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Duane Benson   1/27/2011 3:51:14 PM
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Jeri Ellsworth and Chris Gammell, over on Twitter, have put together a design contest (www.555contest.com) for the 30 year old 555 timer. Following the progress of the contest has been a bit of a "madeleine moment" for me. It takes me back to the days when I was just learning electronics. Incidentally, back then I had quite a supply of fahnestock clips myself. I think I still have a few in a parts drawer someplace. The iconic parts buried in the depths of my cobweb-infested brain would be the 555, 741, 7408, 2N2222, 1N914. I think the first digital thing I did anything with was an inverter built with a 2N2222, a couple of resistors and an LED.

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