1966 Mag: Build NE-2 Neon Bulb Computer - scan available
grant at stockly.com
Fri Jul 20 02:09:56 CDT 2007
At 07:20 AM 7/19/2007, you wrote:
> >Subject: Re: 1966 Mag: Build NE-2 Neon Bulb Computer - scan available
> > From: ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk (Tony Duell)
> > Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 23:54:18 +0100 (BST)
> > To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
> >> <rant>
> >> I'll make this vintage computer-oriented. How many people still own
> >> a working dishwasher/clothes washer with an integral computer that
> >> was manufactured over 10 years ago? When I first saw a dishwasher
>Maytag washer dryer pair, still in use and working fine.
> >> with computerized control, my reaction was "What a damned fool thing
> >> to do--put a computer in the absolutely worst (hot water, caustics,
> >> steam) environment possible. Now you can't buy them any other way.
>Automotive is considerably worse. Hot, humid, large temperature changes,
>power system that runs from 6V worst case to 18V with transients higher
>and it must work for 5years to be considered passably reliable.
I watched some show highlighting junk vehicles from
cuba/venezuela/etc. The narrator seemed amazed that they were on the road.
Most of them looked better than half of my cars and wouldn't turn a single
head in the valley (Alaska). ; )
As far as electronics go...my parents own a 4 plex. There is a crawl space
under some stairs that a lady used. She moved out and didn't want any of
the stuff. The crawl space filled up with water and froze. I literally
thawed an Apple IIe, disk drive, and monitor out of a block of ice. Once
dry it worked fine. It is still operating today.
A while back I hated newer cars because of all the controls and
computers. But after buying a service manual it isn't that bad. If you
want to know and fix everything, take a look at http://www.megasquirt.info/
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