Also look at the link there:
GE pushed for the legislation for bulbs and are sending production to
Mexico and China. I would think that bulb making would be highly
automated, a job that could have stayed here with our higher worker wages.
For those that think we should buy American, look at GE.
I think Rusk should be able to dump his old car crankcase oil in the
storm drain, throw his broken tv's and refrigerators on the side of the
road, and burn witches at the stake. fortunately, not everyone is
equally as stupid.
While I have few illusions about GEs motives, the end result is for
the better and allowing ppl to adhere to outdated energy wasting
technologies does us no good in the long run. Rusk wants to make his
own incandescent light bulb, no one is stopping him. Edison did it.
But, supplying the lazy self-indulgent masses with highly detrimental
technologies, like polluting cars, should not be allowed jes cuz it
may preserve someone's freedom of choice.
I strain my dirty crankcase oil and pour it in my household fuel oil tank.
I also dump my old TVs and other items on the side of the road, but only
twice a year in the spring and fall.
The highway department picks them up in their regularly scheduled
Which reminds me, I have to get the stuff out before next week, so the
'pickers' get first dibs on it..
I really doubt it. The CFLs keep getting better and they are cheaper to
operate. Keeping your head in the sand is your option though. How is that
8088 computer working for you? DOS makes it so simple to use.
I've still got a 9600 baud USR modem, serial connection.
Well, I did, but it went to the dump a few months ago during one of the
Still have a 28.8 hardware faxmodem around here somewhere, though. Shame it
won't work on my Comcast phone line, though. Bastards.
Chuckle. That is why I never bothered to sell it. Kaypro suitcase
machine, which was actually born as an 8086, but I upgraded to a V20,
maxed out the ram when I found a card at a hamfest, replaced one of the
360 5.25" floppies with a then state-of-the art 720 3.5", and even found
a way to shoe-horn an MFM 10mb hard drive in there. Pretty hot stuff in
1986. By 1990, not worth a damn thing on the open market, and it had
enough sentimental value to me, that as long as I have a spare corner,
I'll keep it. If my 4 YO niece gets into computers when she grows up,
maybe I'll stick her with it, to eventually show to HER kids. All my
later computers of the 286/386/486/early pentium era are long gone, but
you always have a soft spot for the first one you played with the guts of.
No room inside for a modem, by the way. I used a 1200 external with it,
and my first cable was rat shack ribbon cable, paper clips, and masking
tape. Kaypro did NOT use a standard cable for their serial port, and it
took me months to find where to order one. But the damn thing did come
with full docs, just like the test equipment that was obviously the
source of the parts they used. Very 'old school' inside. Even has an
external fuse socket on the back, just like an old stereo amp.
I have a Commodore 64 stored away.
But the earliest video game player I have stored away is a Magnavox
Odyssey video game console still in its original box
That was the one where a clear plastic sheet was placed over the TV
screen for various video games, like "Pong" and skiing.
Very primative compared to now, but real fun when first introduced back
On Sat, 02 Oct 2010 13:40:57 -0400, willshak wrote:
LOL I remember the Magnavox! Since I have the time and remember the story
and am on caffeine power I will tell you a story about the Magnavox and
how they fought in court with some other manufacturers over just who
invented the first video game. Enter William Higinbotham the real
inventor of the first video game. Someone you probably have never heard
of and would have gone unheard of had it not been for the lawsuits. It
seems William, a physicist at Brookhaven Nuclear Laboratory in Long
Island NY was working on a timing device for a nuclear detonator. He was
also trying to come up with a 'hands-on' exhibit device for the lab's
visitor day. He gathered up an oscilloscope and an old 'analog' computer
(not digital as today's computers are) that he could hook together in a
way that a 'ball of light' would bounce randomly around the
oscilloscope's screen. He found that he could make a game with a ball of
light that bounced back and forth as a tennis ball does in a game looking
from the side. Two people played using control boxes that had a serve
button and a control knob that determined how hight the ball was hit.
Is this starting to sound familiar? This happened in 1958 :) He labeled
the game Tennis for Two. After visitors day he took the game apart and
never re-assembled it. Nor did he patent it. Like I mentioned before had
it not been for the lawsuits in 1970 between Magnavox and others William
would have been long forgotten. A patent lawyer for one of the others
found out about William and brought him into court to prove he was the
true inventor of the first video game and not Magnavox. William died in
1994 and never made a single penny off his invention. Actually he
couldn't have since he invented it while working for the US government.
If he had patented it the government would have owned the patent.
On 10/2/2010 8:57 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Hey, vcrs still have their place. Lotsa old movies for a quarter each at
garage sales. I think I still have 3 of them, but haven't lit them up in
at least a year.
Somewhere, I still have one of those back plates to convert a 5-slot
case from the original PC, into an 8? slot case so a modern motherboard
would fit in it.
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