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This guy has lots of goodies collected
runs 26 minutes. This is all pre 80s (pre 70s?). I wonder how one individual could collect so many and also quite some heavily sought items in one place. I enjoyed seeing what he got. :-) -- Andreas You know you are a redneck if your only
The Windows 95 chime was created on a Mac
https://www.neowin.net/news/windows-95-start-up-music-composed-on-a-mac -- Andreas You know you are a redneck if you ever made change in the offering plate.
In a recent message, I wrote that Slackware has no 'real' packaging service (as, say, Debian, has) that is not really true, a lot of packages come with the basic system, and more are available from slackpackages. the basic system has more utilities than one really needs. (I am very, very
Color TV in 1962
Popular Science asks, "Is Color TV worth the money?" The author bought a set. The wife promptly set the empty delivery carton on the driveway with the "color TV" plainly in view to impress the neighbors. https://books.google.com/books?id=ByEDAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA131&dq=rca%20nuvistor&pg=PA129#v=one
OFF TOPIC: Checker car ad, 1963
TOTALLY OFF TOPIC. Checker was a manufacture of taxicabs. They decided to get into the general car market. Here is an ad from the Checker Motors company in 1963 from LIFE magazine. It cites the taxicab service as a virtue for general use. https://books.google.com/books?id=NFIEAAAAMBAJ
Industrial service battery testing, 1955; pole engineering
Western Union used 75,000 "D" flashlight batteries; and 75,000 No. 6 dry cells in various applications, mostly in self-winding clocks. WU Labs tested dry cells every year to determine which kind would provide the most dependable and economical service. The testing process is described here:
OFF TOPIC: Social security benefit payment increase
Social security recipients get a 2% increase next year. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/social-security-2018-increase/
Being curious, I tried installing Arch Linux on a spare drive- Its a nightmare -- greymaus.ireland.ie Just_Another_Grumpy_Old_Man
Six jobs you thought were extinct (CNN)
CNN article on old style jobs still in business. Includes typewriter. http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/handmade-bill-weir-the-wonder-list/index.html
WW II cryptography
LIFE magazine ran a feature article in 1945 on how the Japanese codes were broken during the war. https://books.google.com/books?id=xUsEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&dq=life%20nov%2026%201945&pg=PA63#v=onepage&q&f=false Other articles in that issue include an ad by Studebaker extolling its high quality and
Nobel in Economics Is Awarded to Richard Thaler
Another Economics Nobel debunking rational actors assumption: Nobel in Economics Is Awarded to Richard Thaler https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/business/nobel-economics-richard-thaler.html Kahneman (psychologist) 2002 Economics Nobel (& a little afc) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Kahnem
OT: Studebaker assembly line, 1946
LIFE magazine did a multi-page color feature on the Studebaker auto assembly line and the overall company, in 1946. Interesting. https://books.google.com/books?id=WEkEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA66&dq=life%20studebaker&pg=PA66#v=onepage&q&f=false
Allied Radio catalog 1956
Recently added to bitsavers (components), this is a great walk through history. Even includes transistors: Transistors for Every Application A listing of popular, famous-name transistors for industrial, servicing and experimental use. Included are types for RF, IF and audio amplifiers,
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When Working From Home Doesn't Work
When Working From Home Doesn't Work; IBM pioneered telecommuting. Now it wants people back in the office. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/11/when-working-from-home-doesnt-work/540660/ The idea of telecommuting was still a novelty. But this little solution seemed effective. By
IBM Branch Offices: What They Were, How They Worked, 1920s-1980s
reposted from ibm-main mailing list http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=85 IBM Branch Offices: What They Were, How They Worked, 1920s-1980s James W. Cortada Abstract: IBM branch offices were the company's local face around the world in the 20th century. Its sales
Hazardous work atmospheres (WUTR--1957)
The WUTR discussed various reasons why air may be dangerous 1957. http://massis.lcs.mit.edu/telecom-archives/archives/technical/western-union-tech-review/11-4/p152.htm The same issue had an article about 1957 transistor circuits. http://massis.lcs.mit.edu/telecom-archives/archives/technical/west
Soldering/fluxes for electronics
The WUTR had two articles on this. Other than lead solder being phased out, it appears (based on Wikipedia) the information is still relatively accurate. For electronic/electrical work, it was critical to use the proper flux and solder precisely, otherwise the connection would fail. We were
FCUG "picnic" lunch - Sunday, Oct. 15
Greetings from Europe, C= and Ami aficionados! As has been the tradition for years, the Fresno Commodore User Group has its "annual" picnic lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15. This time lunch wiil be at Dave and Buster's Restaurant 212 East River Park Circle (Friant Road and
Mannix--first episode tonight (early Sat)
Early Saturday morning MeTV will air the first episode of Mannix, introducing the character when he worked for a corporation that was heavily into computers. (Check local listings).
Polytetrafluorethylene (plastic insulation history)
Our high tech world would not exist without durable electrical insulation materials. They must not only prevent current from leaking, but also be durable enough so that they don't tear or break in normal handling or conditions. They also must protect the conductor from physical damage. Bad
Commercial grade ink and paper (Western Union)
Seventy years ago the Western Union Technical Review did reports on both ink and paper used by the company in the late 1940s. As a record communications business, they used quite a bit of both. The articles are very interesting. Ink was classified into three categories--paste (printing
1947--more on ink
Here's another ad just on ink for writing pens, by Parker, of 1947. Note is has "super permanence, eleven times more resistant to fading". https://books.google.com/books?id=LkIEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA3&dq=life%20sep%201%2C%201947&pg=PA4#v=onepage&q&f=false To justify an expensive full page ad like
IBM 100% club 1947
LIFE magazine visited the annual "100 per cent club" gala at IBM in 1947 and describes the event in detail. It also tells how Watson (Sr) closely manages not only the business affairs of IBM, but also the personal lives of employees. Very much a cult of personality. https://books.google.com/
way off topic: Monopoly board game ad
really off topic: On TV tonight they ran an ad for the Monopoly board game. They showed a family having fun playing and winning. The only new feature was "new tokens" (player pieces). (I always wanted to be the ship.) This was the "hard copy" version, nothing computerized. I was surprised
Student electronic kit--1967
Here's an ad for a Norelco student electronics kit to build various projects, from 1967: https://books.google.com/books?id=Jve-6Dnm4YkC&lpg=PA16&dq=life%20electronic&pg=PA16#v=onepage&q&f=false
BYTE Magazine Article from Some Assembly Required
The article I was seeking on disk file allocation is in the "Some Assembly Required" feature in the May 1989 BYTE magazine. This is the first part (with one or two pieces in following issues) titled "Directory Assistance"... back when directory assistance still had another meaning. --
OT: Fluorescent lamp "starter" unit?
off topic: Years ago, fluorescent light fixtures used to have a little cylinder called a "starter". It would periodically need replacing. Also years ago, fluorescent lights would flicker a bit when first turned on. In a room, it took a second or two until all the lamps went on. Simple desk
70 years ago--pioneer microwave transmission; new transistor
In 1945, Western Union and RCA Victor teamed up to build a prototype microwave communication system between New York City and Philadelphia. The technical issues of this early system are described in an article of the Western Union Technical Review. It includes many details on the various
Equifax hit by hackers
CBS News reorted tonight that hackers stole information on 140 million accounts of the Equifax credit bureau. The actual impact to consumers isn't known at this point, but it is expected to be bad. * * * Author Walter Isaacson wrote a book, The Innovators, glorifying the individuals who
1955 sci/tech toys for children
This is a commentary by Jay Forrester from the November 1955 AFIPS on inspiring and educating young people for science and technology. He quotes from another commentary and adds his own thoughts. Time and again we have been reminded by educators and industrial leaders that we are not
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, Sept. 10
Happy, hot September, C= amd Ami comrades! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept 10 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559) 227-1686
Dry humor--AFIPS Nov 1955
The papers in the AFIPS publications are normally rather technical. But in the Nov 1955 issue, several passages have some unexpected dry wit. On page 40, they talk about sorting expeditiously--"hiring someone who knows the alphabet, or, as they do in the post office, someone who knows
EasyLink email ad
In Nov 1984, Western Union ran an ad for its Easylink pioneer email service. https://books.google.com/books?id=N09JwLeo7s4C&lpg=PA256&dq=pc%20magazine%20easylink&pg=PA256#v=onepage&q&f=false Western Union invested a ton of money into Easylink. It would seem to be a logical outgrowth of their
Just wondering how AOL is managing, as a relative works there? -- greymaus.ireland.ie Just_Another_Grumpy_Old_Man
1955 pioneer remote computer programming
In 1955, the University of Saskatchewan connected to the FERUT computer at the University of Toronto, and remotely submitted a computer program, then received and printed out the answers on a Teletype. The Western Union Technical Review has a detailed article describing this test. It
SOLUTIONS MANUAL Traffic & Highway Engineering 3rd E by Garber, Hoel
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Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Sept. 9
Happy September, C= and Ami comrades! The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant 19662 Nordhoff Street Northridge, California (818) 407-9400 I'll summarize my thoughts on the July
SOLUTIONS MANUAL Nonlinear Programming Theory and Algorithms 3rd E by Bazaraa,Sherali, Shetty
SOLUTIONS MANUAL Nonlinear Programming Theory and Algorithms 3rd E by Bazaraa,Sherali, Shetty These instructor solution manuals contain solutions for all odd and even numbered problems to accompany the Physical, chemical, mathematical texts. they help students to maximize and
1959 Processing TV rating data
LIFE magazine ran a detailed article on how TV ratings were compiled in 1959. The process was controversial even back then. The technology utilized is covered. https://books.google.com/books?id=-0oEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA33&dq=life%20univac&pg=PA32#v=onepage&q=life%20univac&f=false brought to you
Old IBM software listings still available?
Back in 1975, when i was 17, i was looking at an IBM KWIK catalog and noticed that they sold licenses for software listings ( mostly on microfiche ). Is it still possible to purchase these licenses? Also, do they have all of their old software archived? -- William Gallant
Re: Researchers Find a Way to Disable Much-Hated Intel ME Component
In article "Anonymous Remailer (austria)" wrote: > > > > https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/hardware/researchers-find-a-way-to-disable-much-hated-intel-me-component-courtesy-of-the-nsa/ There is no way
Is there somewhere a list ( :-) ) of LISPs that was used on TOPS-20 around mid 80s?
Strange Mozilla upgrade?
Received an upgrade last Friday and lost NNTP news, including this NG. After much investigation, challenging the ISP, and finally running up an old XP machine using Outlook Express, it seemed that Mozilla in Thunderbird had changed the NNTP port no from 119, the usual, to 563, the port for
1972--ARPANet status
The AFIPS reports for 1972, available on bitsavers, contain several updates for the message handling methods of the ARPANET. These are highly technical, but may be of interest to some people. Note--each volume is rather large.
Philadelphia I.T. upgrades failure
The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an article describing numerous computer upgrades the city attempted to make but failed. full article at: (also, contains links to related articles.) http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/wasting-millions-on-failed-tech-upgrades-hurts-philadelphians-20170
Technology History--early hi-fi, magnetic tape
Life magazine had three articles on new technology of the 1950s. Hi-Fi band wagon June 15 1953 https://books.google.com/books?id=A0gEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA4&dq=life%20june%2015%201953&pg=PA146#v=onepage&q&f=false Hi-Fi buying guide Feb 28 1955 https://books.google.com/books?id=QlQEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA99
White House warns against Kaspersky Lab software
CBS News reported that Rob Joyce, the Trump administration's cybersecurity coordinator, said Tuesday the U.S. is lacking 300,000 cybersecurity experts needed to defend the country. He also had a warning for the public about using software from Kaspersky Lab. U.S. officials believe the company
Demolishing the Tile Turtle
It's amazing what information one can find if one Googles hard enough. I remember playing the game "Taipei" under Windows 3.1 ages ago. I did not know that this type of game was first introduced to video game players with Shanghai - clearly the inspiration for its name - for the Activision.
SOLUTIONS MANUAL Applied Linear Statistical Models 5th Ed by Kutner, Nachtsheim
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