Archive for the ‘History’ Category:

2019-02-04 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants

In the years since 2011 Mar 11, I have blogged a few times about Fukushima Daiichi, but it’s been quite awhile. This ABC Nightline video on YouTube seems to be realistic and relatively unbiased. At the end of this video they mentioned $15 Billion and forty years to do the cleanup. It looks like they

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2019-01-20 Lower Price Radios Competition

from FB group Vintage Transistor Radios 2019-01-21 Mike van Kleeff There was a lot of pressure on domestic radios from cheaper Japanese and other imported radios. So Zenith and others had to cut costs and sell in the low price ranges. I would say that all radios, wherever they were made, were less substantial than

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2019-01-18 Tilt Wing Aircraft In The Future

From FB public comment The military had a lot of problems with their tilt wing aircraft similar to the one in the picture. The solutions often involved a lot of frequent maintenance and repair. It may not be possible to fly such aircraft profitably in a commercial airline. Another thing that’s going to change the

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2018-12-22 European Electronics In 1969

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-12-22 Mike van Kleeff Most of the European radios sold in the US were probably brought in by GIs who came back from their military deployment in foreign countries. I was in Germany in ’69 and saw some European electronics and I was impressed by the performance. But what

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2018-12-18 Al And Trudy

from another blog on blogspot 2011-08-013 Saturday, August 13, 2011 Al And Trudy Al and Trudy – Aug 13, 2011 Back in the ’70s, I rented an apartment to an older gentleman who said he was a minister, and his wife. I remember her name was Trudy, and I’m somewhat sure his name was Al.

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2018-12-17 Radio Shack P-Box Kits

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-12-17 Seems that what you’re saying is these P-box kits were very slow sellers, so they ended up as overstock at the surplus store. What I find odd is that I used to buy parts from RS but I can’t remember ever seeing these kits in the store. I

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2018-11-13 PSI Pacific Semiconductors Inc.

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-11-16 The guy I worked for got us some Pacific Semiconductor power transistors for use in aircraft radios. That was before they were bought out. The logo on them was the Greek letter Psi. I think I might still have one in my old parts drawers. PSI was one

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2018-10-24 The AT&T L.D. Network Crashed 1990

The article about the system crash. As was stated in the article, C is not as structured as some other languages, which may allow the programmer to write code that has unintended consequences. Jay Neale said ‘C is very unforgiving.’ But C allows you to do things with the implication that you know what you’re

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2017-09-02 Switchboard At OCSD Regional Training Center (Sept 15)

From my comment on the FB group Bell Telephone  Pat Chicas I worked for RSCCD, which owns the Sheriffs Training Center.  Man, I would have loved to slap their hands!  The OCSD installed their phone system on prem, and we supplied the data circuits, so our patch cords and theirs shared the same patch panels

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2017-08-03 Wood Radio Cabinets

From FB comment in group Vintage Transistor Radios   I think we like the look of wood because of some primeval instinct from our distant past. Perhaps it has something to do with the trees being protective, under which we could take shelter during rain or shine. Or perhaps those prehistoric people who survived longer

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