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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

CONTINUITY: Hewlett-Packard 150A Oscilloscope Restoration: Part 1

Here is information about this classic oscilloscope. It used 52 vacuum tubes plus CRT, and was fan cooled, with a furnace filter to clean the air entering the cabinet.

Posted at 14:47 Permalink

CONTINUITY: Dounreay—The Atomic Dream

Britain pioneered the use of a fast breeder fission reactor to generate electricity for the power grid. This is the story of the Dounreay reactor station in northern Scotland, which operated between 1955 and 1994, and is presently being decommissioned, a process whose initial phase is planned to be completed in the year 2036, with removal of all waste from the site by the late 2070s and complete restoration sometime in the 24th century.

Posted at 13:33 Permalink

THE HAPPENING WORLD: California and Other Stupid States Ban High-Performance Computers

There is more information about this on ZeroHedge: “59 Million Americans Prohibited From Buying High-End Dell Gaming PCs”.

It's always fun to pop up any of the Official State Media Web sites, type “California ban” into the search box, and see what it suggests.

Meanwhile, in the heart of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is contemplating banning gas appliances in existing residences. They will be replaced, of course, with electric appliances which use power that, in the U.S., is primarily generated from—natural gas.

File under “AGE OF STUPID”.

Posted at 12:09 Permalink

CONTINUITY: Intel Process and Packaging Roadmap through 2025

In conjunction with this, and its entry into the foundry market, Intel is renaming its processes to be more consistent with the terminology used by competitors Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Samsung.

Posted at 11:24 Permalink

THE HAPPENING WORLD: Latest Problem for the James Webb Space Telescope—The Name

Another reason to consider adding “AGE OF STUPID” and “CRAZY YEARS” to our classic four rubrics. But then, if I did, they might drown out the originals.

Posted at 10:57 Permalink