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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Anyone remember this publisher?
Max The Magnificent   8/9/2013 10:44:32 AM
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@mhrackin: ...The response was "That was Hugo Gernsback!"...

How very cool to meet him like that!

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Re: Ah print!
Max The Magnificent   8/9/2013 10:41:53 AM
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@Rick" I love visiting my friends house because he has a compendium of the Onion.

You have friends? LOL

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Applications and media are changing so fast...
Max The Magnificent   8/9/2013 10:41:08 AM
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We talk about digitizing things, but one big problem is the speed with which software applications and media are changing.

Remember programs storred on cassette tapes -- then 8" floppy disks followed by 5.25" floppy disks followed by 3.5" floppy disks ... then ZIP drives.

How many of us still have desk draws jam-packed with disks we can;t use, but we don;t want to throw away because "they contain useful data..."?

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Re: Even in electronics
Max The Magnificent   8/9/2013 10:37:41 AM
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@antedeluvian: I embarked on a mammoth exercise and scanned (OCR) all my data books, app notes, design ideas going back to ~1975. It takes up 107GB.

One day people will be singing praises to your name for all thsi work!

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Ah print!
rick merritt   8/8/2013 4:57:30 PM
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I still love to sit on the couch with a good magazine, although that Nexus 7 tablet is starting to get a share of that time.

One place print still lives for me is the WC. My rack includes copies of Outdoor Magazine (not Outhouse!) and yes a compendium of Mad. I love visiting my friends house because he has a compendium of the Onion.

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Even in electronics
antedeluvian   8/8/2013 2:56:28 PM
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Max

It is true that a lot of data in print is being lost. I have felt the same way about my old electronic data books. It still happens 2 or 3 times a year where someone asks on some forum "does anyone still have any data on xxx". I sometimes felt that I am the only person left in the world with the data.

You see Design Ideas that are not new or original and people re-invent the wheel and I am sure that the availabilty of the old data would alleviate this to some extent.

I decided I didn't want all my data books to go to recycling, yet my wife kept on harping over the many metres of bookshelf consuming space and gathering dust in the basement.

I tried to interest computer museums, Google and other repositories with no luck. MIT was inetersted until the discovered that they weren't valuable (only the data is!)So I embarked on a mammoth exercise and scanned (OCR) all my data books, app notes, design ideas going back to ~1975. It takes up 107GB. It makes searching them much easier, but reading them in bed, not so much!

I have shipped copies on HD to some people in the hope that the data does not disappear when I do.

 

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Re: Anyone remember this publisher?
Max The Magnificent   8/8/2013 12:54:13 PM
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@Tom: ...I've watched several people stop and leaf through them for 10-15 minutes and smiling, but leaving empty handed.   It seems few people are willing to save those wonderful old mags while we all appreciate their greatness...

I know just what you mean ... it's like when I go down to the public library -- they have a store where they sell old books -- you can occasionally pick up an entire set of the Encyclopedia Briticannica for say $150 ... but where would I put it?

The same goes for all of the old magazines -- the pictures in NG magazine where unbelievable -- I only hope the folks at NG have everything presenved digitally...

 

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Tom Murphy   8/8/2013 12:43:12 PM
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 Max:  My neighbors are moving and, for the past week, they've had a card table in the driveway with a "Free" sign.  The table is piled high with old mags (mostly hundreds of National Geographics).  I've watched several people stop and leaf through them for 10-15 minutes and smiling, but leaving empty handed.   It seems few people are willing to save those wonderful old mags while we all appreciate their greatness.  We will miss them when they're gone.  (I wish I still had my old Popular Science issues from the 60s, which hooked me on electronics at an impressionable age.)

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Re: Anyone remember this publisher?
Max The Magnificent   8/8/2013 12:14:36 PM
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@tom: ...but somehow holding a periodical in your hands...



I have some old (1950s to 1970s) magazines in my office -- they used to be jam-packed with interesting adverts -- I can spend a happy hour picking one up and reading it cover-to-cover, adverts and all...

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Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements
Rcurl   8/8/2013 11:31:29 AM
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That's a wonderful old book with some ingnenious mechanisms illustrated in it. There is a website with images from the book and they have managed to animate some of them: http://507movements.com/ 

I'm not sure how anyone was able to dream up some of these...or what you would want to do with them, but it is fascinating to see how they work.

There is also an associated site that shows animated inner workings of some unusual engines: http://www.animatedengines.com/

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