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Max The Magnificent
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Bell Bottom Trousers
Max The Magnificent   1/22/2014 6:00:38 PM
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Hi Sven -- the sad thing is that I can imagine younger engineers saying to themselves "Bell Bottom Trousers -- what are they?"

I recall having ones that wrere 22" around the bottom -- looking back that really was a pretty ridiculous style (not as silly as the platform shoes, of course) -- now I'm wondering what my father thought about it all :-)

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Re: Bell Bottom Trousers
mike_m   1/22/2014 6:21:56 PM
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Thank's for this article Sven, I can't wait for the next part

Ssince I'm just down the street from Beaverton I think I need to see if that pancake house is still there.

 

I'll try to keep the bell bottoms in the closet when I go to find this pancake house.

 

 

Mike

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Test engineer?
MeasurementBlues   1/22/2014 10:25:27 PM
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Sven,

As the test & measurement editor, I demand that Max cross post your next installment to the T&M Designline.

Tom's pancakes? Well if I ever get to Beaverton again, I'll be sure to stop in. While you were in Portland, did you visit Powell's Books?

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Test system
MeasurementBlues   1/22/2014 10:27:21 PM
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Today, all that functionality and far better graphics would fit in a PXI chassis.

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PDP-11
MeasurementBlues   1/22/2014 10:28:58 PM
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Sven,

What was the interface from the PDP-11 to the instruments? If this was the mid-1970s or so, it night be one of the first National Instruments GPIB cards.

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Re: PDP-11
svenand   1/23/2014 4:03:20 AM
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Tektronix had built their own interface called the 1340 Data Coupler. The GPIB interface was developed by HP (called HP-IB) and I don't think Tektronix at that time would have used it.

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Re: PDP-11
MeasurementBlues   1/23/2014 8:08:45 AM
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Sven,

There are many proprietary buses at that time. There are still some today but most test equipment uses GPIB, USB, or Ethernet with some also using RS-232/422/485 thought those are more for industrial use now. UAB has replaced RS-232 in many small pieces of test equipment.

 

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Re: Bell Bottom Trousers
Max The Magnificent   1/23/2014 9:13:13 AM
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@Mike: Since I'm just down the street from Beaverton I think I need to see if that pancake house is still there.

If it is, please send me a picture (max.maxfield@ubm.com) and I'll send it on to Sven

I'll try to keep the bell bottoms in the closet when I go to find this pancake house.

That's very kind of you -- thank you :-)

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Re: Test engineer?
Max The Magnificent   1/23/2014 9:14:43 AM
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@Martin: As the test & measurement editor, I demand that Max cross post your next installment to the T&M Designline.

Eeek -- sorry -- I thought I had done so -- did you cross-post it already, or do you want me to do so?

 

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Re: Test engineer?
MeasurementBlues   1/23/2014 10:16:12 AM
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Max, you did in fact post to T&M. I just found this post from another direction.

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