@Duane: Bob from National TV gives it four stars. - And Bob, from national TV is whom?
It's like the TV adds for cars where everyone wins some type of award from "J D Powers and Associates" ... who the $%^& is J D Powers (is this a real person or a marketing fiction?) and who are his/her associates when they are at home?
"Instant On", i.e., always on. Our product takes 30 seconds to boot, so the only way we can make it look like it turns on instantly is to have it on all the time. If you hit the "off" button, the only thing that turns off is the power LED.
Wow, does that ever bring back memories! Scroll back 50 years - "Instant-On" really was a marketing term for series-string vacuum tube radio and TV sets. A silicon diode across the on/off switch in reverse to the main B+ rectifier would keep the tube heaters at half-power by rectifying the AC so only half-cycles could get through. But this kept the tubes hot enough to start immediately when the diode was shunted by the switch, even though it did take a few more seconds to reach optimum performance. It worked, but was a terrible waste of power.
Back then the marketeers were tripping all over each other in efforts to come up with ever-more creative claims for the audio output wattage of hifi/stereo audio amplifiers. Can anyone top "Peak-to-Peak Music Power!"? The USA FTC (Federal Trade Commission) put a stop to that nonsense in 1974.
Here's an old one -- I don't know which wag came up with it: In supercomputer and parallel processing marketing, "peak performance" is "a guarantee from the manufacturer that your application won't run faster than this".
Don't you know... "Cleaning Amps" are like a pipe cleaner. They're "special" amps. You send a bunch through the wire and it scrapes all of the stuck electrons off of the sides of the wire... Don't send too many though, or they might get stuck at a bend...
@Max...you can buy it here. It's been a fad rip-off in the Audio industry for years.Apparently id DOES have increased thermal and electrical conductivity and is used in specialised tubes (Klystrons and the like)and I gather in semicondutor manufacture where the oxygen might cause problems, but for audio use it is just marketing rubbish. There is a good debunking here, along with some idiots claiming it really does make a difference....
The pink bunny is a well understood icon with no outrageous claims (and is also the subject of a rude joke), but back in the early '60s there were some TV commercials about the extraordinary power in a 1.5 volt flashlight D cell.
The TV huckster showed a D cell powering a huge electromagnet in the center of a tug-of-war between two teams of what looked to be Sumo wrestlers - of course the electromagnet separated as soon as the battery was removed from its holder.
A similar commercial showed the battery powering a huge electric sign with hundreds of flashing lights - of course, when removing the battery from its holder the sign went dead.
Even at my tender age of about 10 I realized the only thing the battery was doing was powering a relay coil. Unfortunately at the time i did not know to complain to a "truth in advertising" government agency.
@zeeglen: The pink bunny is a well understood icon with no outrageous claims...
Except that I remember one where he was dealing with aliens and they whisked him off in their spaceship, the implication being that he was the answer to an alien civilization's power peoblems ... no, you're right, nothing outrageous there (they were probably taking him off to be "probed" ... it's not as much fun as it sounds, let me tell you!)
And look at page 10 of this:
I have the original databooks of both of these. There was, a while back, discussion of scanning and saving these (especially cool if they are full of generations of engineers' notes and calculations!), and as was also discussed with Max, the translations can be PRECIOUS!
@GSKrasle And look at page 10 of this: http://media.digikey.com/pdf/Data%20Sheets/Panasonic%20Semiconductors%20ICs%20PDFs/AN79Lxx,%20AN79LxxM%20Series.pdf
Hilarious! That's what happens when "recent college grads" write data sheets.
Wasn't it NatSemi that got the pinout of the 7905 wrong in one of their data books? Our assemblers had to put it into my board cross-legged. It think it was also NatSemi who published the fix for a 78L05 problem in the 79L05 data sheet.
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