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Vintage Electronics in Pictures: Enrico Tedeschi

2/8/2017 00:00 AM EST
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Susan Fourtané
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Re: Story a bit confusing... -- Oral history of Silicon Valley
Susan Fourtané   2/27/2017 7:27:58 AM
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Thank you for the Silicon Genesis project link, Tony. -Susan

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Susan Fourtané   2/27/2017 7:25:37 AM
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Thank you, bpaddock. /Susan

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Large Scale Systems Museum
bpaddock   2/24/2017 11:17:26 AM
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Also in the vintage realm is the Large Scale Systems Museum (LSSM), Dave McGuire President/Curator, in New Kensington Pennsylvania.

http://bpaddock.com/doku.php/lssm/start

 

 

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Re: Story a bit confusing... -- Oral history of Silicon Valley
TonyTib   2/14/2017 12:43:21 PM
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@Jimelectr

Have you checked out the Silicon Genesis project?  It's a collection of oral histories from Silicon Valley founders.  I really enjoyed reading Jack Gifford's histdory (or you can listen).

History is fun!

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Re: Story a bit confusing...
Susan Rambo   2/14/2017 11:33:59 AM
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Hi Jimelectr: The slideshows is actually on our sister site EBN, but we thought it worthy of posting a teaser story and link to it on EE Times. It is more efficient for us to send the reader to EBN to see the slideshow than it is to recreate it on EE Times. However, it is confusing to readers, making it less than ideal. Another tradeoff we hope to improve someday soon. (We did note in the story above the picture that clicking on the picture takes you to EBN.) Sorry for the confusion.

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Jimelectr   2/12/2017 3:19:45 AM
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Thanks, Susan.

Tedeschi's story just left me wanting more!  I find the history of science and technology fascinating.  It's not just the artifacts but the people who created them.  Far from being one-dimensional geeks and nerds, usually I find the scientists and engineers behind the discoveries and inventions a bit crazy to push as hard as they do to accomplish what they desire.  For example, modern-day psychologists have said that Sir Isaac Newton may have been manic-depressive and worked for days on end during his manic episodes, while carefully pondering the workings of the universe during his depressive episodes.  Einstein got so involved in his work that he often had to have someone take him home because he couldn't remember how to get there.  And Thomas Edison had cubbyholes to hide in from his creditors and wrote down many jokes in his notebook while he was working.  When I visited his reconstructed laboratory in Dearborn, Michigan years ago, the tour guide told us one of his jokes and said that most of them could not be repeated in mixed company!  My hat is off to people like Enrico Tedeschi who preserve our scientific and engineering history for those to come.  Thanks to you, Susan, for sharing part of his story with us.  More, please!

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Susan Fourtané   2/11/2017 2:15:56 AM
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Jim, I am the author of the Tedeschi/Sinclair/Marconi story. I would be happy to clarify any questions you may have in order to make it clear for you. The story is about Enrico Tedeschi's work, which implies the more than 10,000 artifacts he gathered along his lifetime, most of them were Sinclair and Marconi's products since he was a big fan of both of them. Great part of Tedeschi's work and collection was about Sinclair. When Tedeschi's collection grew too big, he began cataloguing all what he had. He wrote several books as a result of that: The Sinclair Archaeology, The Magic of Sony, etc. I have included a link to a PDF to at least The Sinclair Archaeology, the PDF is an electronic version of Tedeschi's orginal handmade manuscript, process he explains at the beginning of the book. He organized the Sinclair exhibition at the Hove library, in Brighton, England. So, good part of the story is about Sir Clive Sinclair because Tedeschi's work was greatly about Sinclair. Enrico Tedeschi's museum of vntage technology had a very complete collection of Sinclair's products, a fact that Sinclair himself recognized and made public when he visited the exhibition. If this has not clarified why I included so much of SInclair, let me know. -Susan

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Jimelectr   2/11/2017 1:56:35 AM
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BTW, I found it very interesting that Sinclair was insistent on building a calculator that used coin cells rather than bulky AA's.  I went the opposite route because of the low cost and high capacity of AA's.  My Sharp EL-508A runs for years, maybe even decades, on a single set of AA's!  Those #$%@#$ coin cells are too darned expensive, although I found out from a coworker that Digi-Key sells the popular CR2032's for about a quarter each in quantities of 50.  I don't know of any calculators (should you actually use one of those in these days of do-all smartphones) that use CR2032's.  Beats the several dollar apiece price at the drugstore!  I use CR2032's in my LED flashlight on my keychain that I take everywhere and on my LED baseball cap.  The latter is great for walking the dog at night ("C'mon doggie, why don't you poop under then nice bright streetlight?"  Not likely!)  Plus, less likely to get run over with several bright lights shining out of one's head area.

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Story a bit confusing...
Jimelectr   2/11/2017 1:33:09 AM
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At first there's the part about Enrico Tedeschi and his museum of technology, but if you click on the photo, it jumps to EBN magazine, where the story is mostly about Clive Sinclair.  Hard to follow.  Sorry!

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