Short review of $550 power cord plus a new SWTPC 6800

Allison ajp166 at
Sat Oct 22 16:15:22 CDT 2005

>Subject: Re: Short review of $550 power cord plus a new SWTPC 6800
>   From: ard at (Tony Duell)
>   Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2005 22:06:59 +0100 (BST)
>     To: cctalk at
>> Very akin to those cheap import "21 jewel" watches, where most of the
>> jewels are simply glued on somewhere on the movement.  It isn't a lie, but
>> it's a bit of a whopper.
>I read somewhere that when the originator of jewels for bearings in 
>watches tried to apply for a patent (or some other legal protection) for 
>his idea, an old (then) watch was exhibited which had a jewel in the 
>middle of the balance cock in appearently just the right postion, and 
>thus the patent was not granted.
>Only later (?) was it 'discovered' that this jewel was purely for decoration.
>And weren't there '12 transistor' radios in the 1960's where half of the 
>transistors had all 3 leads connected to the ground rail (and therefore 
>they did nothing other than enable that statement to be printed on the case).

There were a few that were base 6transistor with parallel devices in the 
ouput amp to boost the count (8 or 10 tr).  I used to buy them to harvest 
the extra devices or everything as they were had very cheaply.


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