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The Microprocessor Turns 40: Intel's Monumental Accident
Forbes ^ | 11/15/2011 | Michael Kanellos,

Posted on 11/18/2011 5:38:57 PM PST by Kid Shelleen

Today on the 40th anniversary of the 4004, the world’s first microprocessor, the world should salute Intel and the three inventors of that microchip for the accomplishment.

But let’s not forget that a little bit of luck and good lawyering helped too.

The 4004 was essentially a contract engineering assignment.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Science
KEYWORDS: intel; microprocessor; radio
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Where were you in '71 ?
1 posted on 11/18/2011 5:38:59 PM PST by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen

Underwater. ;-)


2 posted on 11/18/2011 5:44:58 PM PST by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

OMG I am getting old.

I learned 8080 microprocessors when they were cutting edge.

We put them on submarines and used them to handle individual signal processes to free up the mainframe.

We were high tech beeotch!!


3 posted on 11/18/2011 5:50:07 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Using a typewriter. ;-)


4 posted on 11/18/2011 5:50:30 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote)
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To: Kid Shelleen
In 1971, I was just a little kid and I remember on Friday nights, I used to stay up late and see the Brady Bunch and the Partridge Family on TV. By the time the Odd Couple came on, I was hustled off to bed.

Didn't know what a microprocessor was in those days but I did have one of those portable AM transistor radios that ran on a 9 volt battery and had one of those earplugs that only went in one ear because without stereo, why bother with two?

I used to sneak that radio under the covers at night where I'd listen to baseball games or some Top 40 radio.

5 posted on 11/18/2011 5:51:39 PM PST by SamAdams76 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: SubMareener

You are an old salt!
I was still in 6th grade LoL


6 posted on 11/18/2011 5:53:08 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SamAdams76

I still love radio.

I am listening to WBCQ on short wave right now.


7 posted on 11/18/2011 5:54:48 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Working...sigh...

Actually, I was working at my 3rd job, the first having lasted a week. The second (better paying) lasted three months. The 3rd (better paying again) lasted 5 years until 1975. Next month I retire from my 5th job.

I saw my first handheld calculator in 1973. An HP35 for $400.00. Time moves on...

8 posted on 11/18/2011 5:55:41 PM PST by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

In 1971 I was in the Army.

I built my first PC in 1982. It was a cobbled mess built around a much modified TRS-80 motherboard. Z80 CPU, twin 5-1/4” floppy drives, tape storage (no hard drive), homebrew power supply, running NewDOS 80. I still have that thing on a shelf in my shop.

Brings back lots of memories.

The tech moment that I saw but missed the significance was “fiber optic cable”. I saw it in the 1980’s. All Electronics in CA advertised it in their parts catalog. I asked myself, “what possible use could it have”, “sure you can make a computer on one end of a room talk real fast to a computer on the other end of the room, but why”? Little did I know that they would wire the world with it.


9 posted on 11/18/2011 5:57:53 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Where were you in '71 ?

Junior in High School

10 posted on 11/18/2011 6:00:10 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: mylife
I still love radio.

So do I. Have been a Ham Op since 1976. Computers have drained the time, but that is my favorite hobby.

11 posted on 11/18/2011 6:00:14 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Moore, in fact, didn’t even buy a home computer until the 386 chip came out in the late 80s, he told me.

I was not happy that there was a standard until then.

My first computer was a 486 that I built. Then those SOBS came out with the Pentium and my software was obsolete! LoL

12 posted on 11/18/2011 6:00:14 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Texas Fossil

It is fun to combine both with software defined DSP radios.

But nothing replaces the magic of the golden age of radio.


13 posted on 11/18/2011 6:02:15 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Remember when FM radio was considered “under ground” radio and was so progressive for playing songs longer than 3 minutes?


14 posted on 11/18/2011 6:10:22 PM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: mylife

“the golden age of radio”

I still love my Collins Twins. Incredible equipment, even if the have “valves”. hee hee hee

Seriously, there is something special about the presence of audio from a tube type amplifier. And when it comes to RF front-ends, it was a very long time before anyone took solid-state front ends serious. They simply did not handle overloads well. Hybrid rigs were the norm for a long time.

A also love my old Atlas 210. The simplest radio, but an incredible crystal filter. Still have one that works. (have had my fingers in it with mods too).


15 posted on 11/18/2011 6:16:24 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Kid Shelleen

I do! I loved that kind of radio!

I used to listen to “Fresh Air” out of Kent state university in the wee hours of the morning on WKSU

Truly underground radio.


16 posted on 11/18/2011 6:18:11 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kid Shelleen
The company, however, has also shown an ability to advance manufacturing at a rapid clip and combine marketing with high tech–the idea of putting a brand name like Pentium to a faceless component was a somewhat wacky notion back in the early 90s–to maintain margins and profits.

As I recall it, Intel went through several generations of microprocessors from the 8086 to the 80286 (commonly called just '286',) 80386 (386,) and the 80486 (486.)

The next generation should have been the '586', but other companies were making pin-for-pin clone chips of Intel's microprocessor, and using the same part numbers 80286, etc.

Intel decided to call their next generation chip the "Pentium" instead of the "586" because they could copyright the name Pentium, but couldn't copyright the name "586." Intel then started the "Genuine Intel Inside" ad campaign.

17 posted on 11/18/2011 6:18:25 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: mylife

I am listening to WBCQ on short wave right now.


What brand Short Wave do you have?

Would you recommend CC Crain short wave radios?

I think Short Wave is good to have and will get one.

Thanks!


18 posted on 11/18/2011 6:21:50 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Before business executives ruined radio
19 posted on 11/18/2011 6:22:26 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Where were you in '71?

Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, First Marine Brigade, FMF

20 posted on 11/18/2011 6:22:57 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Ahh... the old R390 was the first radio I ever learned to repair

I could tweek that thing to an mds of -127 dbm


21 posted on 11/18/2011 6:24:31 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: unkus

Fair warning. There is not a lot of content out on the airwaves anymore. SW is mostly religious broadcasters and Hams nowadays.
Though there are still interesting things out there.

I use a Grundig Millennium Sattelit 800 and a Ten Tec rx320 as my main receivers.

They are both a bit pricey and the grundig 800 is no longer made.

The Kaito 1103 is a great portable and is about $80
The Tecsun pl660 Is a great portable as well. I think they can be had for about $70


22 posted on 11/18/2011 6:31:51 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: unkus

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OOHG08/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B004NQHR12&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1RR5HFE6S9YZ0KZ6ZVTV

I really liked this one till some one broke into my truck and stole it last month.


23 posted on 11/18/2011 6:38:55 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: unkus

CC Crane generally just rebrands radios with their name.

I think you would be happy with this.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=tecsun+pl-600


24 posted on 11/18/2011 6:45:47 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kid Shelleen
"Where were you in '71 ?"

I was 30 years old, in Los Angeles and building a pc from scratch in an S-100 box. Gave up on that later and bought one of the first TRS-80 model 1's (Z80, an improved 8080) off the end of the assembly line - which I promptly began to modify repeatedly.

With some 'puter friends, we opened one of the first stores in town offering custom programs we had written for the business community. (accounts payable, receivable, inventory - others)

Today, I'm still working with 'puters handling ultra-high speed data via international satellite. But, being over 70 years old, I've decided to retire soon and go back to playing with 'puters as a hobby versus vocation.

25 posted on 11/18/2011 6:47:46 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: mylife
I am looking for a new radio... This is the radio I have now. It worked great when I first got it and then the tuning started to go. Now I can not get some parts of the AM band.
http://www.amazon.com/Grundig-S350-Deluxe-Shortwave-Radio/dp/B000Q5APCC/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t
26 posted on 11/18/2011 6:50:08 PM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: unkus

The Kaito 1103 is an outstanding radio. My only gripe with it is that it does not have a dedicated volume control and it does not display the time while it is on.
Its performance as a radio is excellent, even stunning.

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=kaito+1103&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=12138173888285545510&sa=X&ei=BBfHTqyrC-je2QWtr-HbDw&ved=0CFUQ8wIwAQ


27 posted on 11/18/2011 6:50:28 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Thank you very much, mylife. I appreciate the heads up and tips.


28 posted on 11/18/2011 6:53:57 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Grundig has been less than stellar with service in recent years. All of their radios are made in china. Eaton too.

Try the Kaito 1103 or Tecsun pl600.
They are under $100


29 posted on 11/18/2011 6:56:09 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: unkus

Best wishes and Good listening.


30 posted on 11/18/2011 6:56:59 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Enjoying the 4th grade.


31 posted on 11/18/2011 6:58:03 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: mylife

Again, thanks very much for all the good info, mylife. You’re very kind.


32 posted on 11/18/2011 6:58:23 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus

The Kaito and the Tecsun come with AC power supply, rechargeable battery’s that charge in the radio (though the supplied battery’s suck and I replace them with high amp after market battery’s from CVS pharmacy), they also come with an external 40 foot long wire antenna , and ear buds(I crank mine through computer speakers at the house),and a carry case(Tecsun)/pouch(Kaito)

The Kaito has a dedicated external audio output as well as an earphone output.
This is nice if you want to plug it into a sound system.
Also the Kaitos back light system lights the keypad so you can read the controls at night.


33 posted on 11/18/2011 7:12:09 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Wingy
I saw my first handheld calculator in 1973. An HP35 for $400.00. Time moves on...

I didn't care for RPN, so I bought a TI scientific calculator about the time the HP-35 came out. It finally quit working, and I donated it to the Engineers Club of Dayton for their museum.

34 posted on 11/18/2011 7:13:48 PM PST by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

The first computer I learned to use was the size of the kitchen table.
It was called the Comp 10.
You booted it with code on paper tape.
It was able to add, subtract, multiply and divide. LoL


35 posted on 11/18/2011 7:16:42 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kid Shelleen

>>Where were you in ‘71 ?

Still in diapers.


36 posted on 11/18/2011 7:18:13 PM PST by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: mylife

Thanks. Now I’m all excited.


37 posted on 11/18/2011 7:19:10 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: mylife

I owned a R390. Sadly I sold it. Big, clunky, but an amazing receiver.

Mechanical tuning mechanism was unique.

The PTO on the S-line is also unique. Slug tuned, a real challenge to tweak. Had to buy at Bristol (splined) allen wrench to accomplish some fine tuning. Mine has the best mechanical CW filter. Wonderful quiet receiver. Not that sensitive on higher frequencies, but can really handle front end overload.


38 posted on 11/18/2011 7:21:58 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Where were you in '71 ?

2-years-old, playing in a kiddie pool at a motel off of Colfax in Lakewood Colorado.

If I peed in it, I apologize.
39 posted on 11/18/2011 7:27:08 PM PST by RandallFlagg (Look for the union label, then buy elsewhere.)
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To: unkus
LoL! I don't know that its exciting LoL I do enjoy it though. It is fascinating that you can listen to someone in Iraq or Australia when the conditions are right. (See MUF Maps)

Of course now, some of that thrill is gone as the world is all networked up.

But... there are still thrills to be found. There are covert operators out there on SW Numbers Stations

I picked up a station out of Iraq that was sending covert messages to fighters against Muqtada Al Sadr.

40 posted on 11/18/2011 7:29:01 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I picked up a station out of Iraq that was sending covert messages to fighters against Muqtada Al Sadr.

Wow. That’s cool.


41 posted on 11/18/2011 7:34:15 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Texas Fossil

Yeah the darn thing was a mechanical and electrical marvel.

I would listen to baseball on that in places I cant tell you about on a AN/BRD-7.


42 posted on 11/18/2011 7:36:50 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: unkus

It is cool!

I think it was called “The Voice of Mojahad”


43 posted on 11/18/2011 7:38:19 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife; unkus

Appreciate that info as well! Buying a s/w set has been on my “must have” wtshtf list for some time now...


44 posted on 11/18/2011 7:39:57 PM PST by JDoutrider (The democrat party has morphed into an evil institution that is hell bent on destroying America.)
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To: Texas Fossil

I got the R390 Collins and the AN/BRD-7 Sanders and Associates mixed up in a muddle of nostalgia. LoL


45 posted on 11/18/2011 7:40:50 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JDoutrider

When the computer “cloud” pops, SW will still be there.


46 posted on 11/18/2011 7:42:43 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JDoutrider

Hi there! Good for you. I’m getting one ASAP. And a lot of batteries to go with it.


47 posted on 11/18/2011 7:44:20 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: mylife

I think it was called “The Voice of Mojahad”


In english?


48 posted on 11/18/2011 7:47:58 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Kid Shelleen; unkus
Where were you in '71 ?

1971? I was jungle dancing in the Ashau Valley up near Laos... setting up ambush for some slanty eye commies during that Lam Son 719 fiasco. A good time was had by all... Right unkus? LOL!

49 posted on 11/18/2011 7:49:26 PM PST by JDoutrider (The democrat party has morphed into an evil institution that is hell bent on destroying America.)
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To: JDoutrider; unkus

When Hurricane Ike hit here, there were some panicked people on FR who where in the wake.

I was listening to HAMS on Galveston Island that were up at transmitting.

Cell phones are out, electric is out, internet is out.

A 12v battery, radio and a piece of wire gets the word out.
A simple portable SW radio wont get you images of Shep Smith or Geraldo yucking it up(though you can send pictures via SW), it gets you real time news when the other systems fail.


50 posted on 11/18/2011 7:56:40 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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