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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Lost Secrets
Max The Magnificent   8/7/2013 9:25:47 AM
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@Rick: $64 is a bit pricy for  abook, but the next time you come to Huntsville can you bring your copy of Analog Circuit Design: A Tutorial Guide to Applications for me to look at and make a buying decision ... I must admit that I want one of the thermometers from the front cover myself.

 

Re the Firefox books -- do you have these also? If so, can you breing those up for me to take a look at also?

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Re: Lost Secrets
Max The Magnificent   8/7/2013 9:21:23 AM
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@David: But I fear it would quickly degenerate into a dog-eat-dog kind of society where those who had or could make guns and other weapons would have the upper hand.

I just read "The Dog Stars" by Peter Heller -- it's a post-apocalyptic tale that is both harsh and hopeful -- I don;t want to give anything away -- all I can say is that it's a really good read.

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Re: What about Radio Shack?
rich.pell   8/7/2013 8:53:57 AM
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I once had a RadioShack salesperson tell me that the 12-gauge zip cord I was looking for, to use as a speaker cable, had "more resistance" than the typical 18-gauge stuff they normally sold for such purposes.

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Re: What about Radio Shack?
Rcurl   8/7/2013 7:55:27 AM
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I remember going to a Radio Shack store several years ago when I was in a big hurry to get a failed circuit board back in service.  I ran into the store and asked where the Operational Amplifiers were.  The salesperson exclaimed "Sir- ALL of our amplifiers are operational!!" (true story). 

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Re: Secrets of the Masters
Etmax   8/7/2013 3:48:01 AM
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Sadly you do know, but the powers that be either don't or are paid not to worry about it.

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Re: What about Radio Shack?
Etmax   8/7/2013 3:45:22 AM
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Yep that happens because the store owner isn't an enthuiast himself, but instead just wants to "run a store of some sort to make money" and then employs people that are just place fillers, people without an engineering soul.

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Re: Lost Secrets
Rcurl   8/6/2013 9:35:10 PM
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I have always considered Bob Dobkin and Jim Williams to be two legends in the world of analog design.  They both have a way of making complex ideas understandable without trying to impress me that they are smarter than me. Obvoiusly, they ARE smarter than me (by a LONNGG shot). Bob Dobkin along with Jim Williams (posthumously) published the book Analog Circuit Design: A Tutorial Guide to Applications.  This is a WONDERFUL book that is chock-full of helpful information. You can tell you're in for a great ride before you even open the book- just take a close look at the rather unique digital thermometer on the front cover. Look here:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0123851858/ref=pe_309540_26725410_item_image 

There's something about the construction of the thermometer that makes me realize that if it's OK for these geniuses to build something like this, then maybe some of my "breadboards" weren't so bad after all. I wish I had one of these thermometers hanging on my office wall.

There's a volume 2 of this book available and I intend to order one in the next day or two.

While we're on the subject of losing the secrets of the masters, the series of Foxfire books comes to mind. Sure, they're not technical, and many of the authors of the Foxfire books may not be "masters" in the traditional sense, but there is a treasure trove of backwoods information that, had these books not been published, would already have been lost forever.  Even though much of the information contained in these books - like how to skin a squirrel or how to manage a hive of bees - will never be of practical use to most of us, just leafing through the articles seems to calm the soul and remind us how resourceful we can be when we really need to.  

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David Ashton   8/6/2013 8:03:28 PM
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@Max....and Karen.....flattery will get you everywhere!

But I wonder if I would want to live in a post-apocalyptic society.  If everyone pulled together it would be a great way to start afresh.  But I fear it would quickly degenerate into a dog-eat-dog kind of society where those who had or could make guns and other weapons would have the upper hand.    So, as you pointed out elsewhere, the main skill would be protecting yourself from the other survivors.   The guy in your referenced story Silly Asses below had it right, I fear.

It's always bugged me that the social progress of the human race has nowhere near kept up with its technological progress.  We need some serous pruning I fear....

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Ditto for many of us
Max The Magnificent   8/6/2013 6:09:54 PM
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@Garcia: This issue makes me recall what a workmate told me with a smile in his face some years ago...


The problem is that thsi is getting to be close to th etruth for many people... :-(

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Re: Silly Asses
Max The Magnificent   8/6/2013 6:06:16 PM
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@Caleb: That "They're Made Out Of Meat" story is really well done -- in fact I wrote a blog on it ages ago with links to videos on YouTube (click here to see that blog).

I WISH I could write stuff like this.

In a strange way it reminds me of Great Sky River by Gregory Benford (that was a BRILLIANT book)

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