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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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To: unkus

Yes in English, It was set up as a commercial radio station.
The covert part was word play.


51 posted on 11/18/2011 7:59:16 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: unkus

Iranian SW propaganda would shock you.

They beam it to the west.
They use a western NPR format.
They run all the anti west talking points while using western formats.

Makes Voice of Russia sound reasonable LoL


52 posted on 11/18/2011 8:01:57 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JDoutrider

So the Larb Gai wasn’t so good eh?


53 posted on 11/18/2011 8:03:22 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
So the Larb Gai wasn’t so good eh?

LOL! During LRRP's we didn't mix much with the local clientele... Wasn't a good way to stay healthy! Had some dishes the ARVN boys made... not bad in most cases! Never could get the hang of that fish sauce though...

54 posted on 11/18/2011 8:20:52 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

Thank you for your service.


55 posted on 11/18/2011 8:22:30 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
thanks; BTW in 71 my older brother just got his driver's license and I always begged him to take me driving because the radio sounded so great in his car. He had a Chevy Belair. I forget how much gas was but it could not have been more than 50 cents a gallon. What carefree fun times we had..
56 posted on 11/18/2011 8:29:27 PM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Kid Shelleen
71... I was just a little kid, but I was tuned into Sabbath, Zepplin, Tull, Hawkwind, Doors,Blodwyn Pig and Poohbah
57 posted on 11/18/2011 8:40:11 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Mylife...sorry to jump in, but was wondering if you have used this sw. Might make a nice Christmas present for my 10yo son....thanks


58 posted on 11/18/2011 8:49:21 PM PST by colinhester
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To: JDoutrider

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!


LOL!!! Yeah, night ambushes and then smellin’ the wonderful odors of Phu Bai. We were smellin’ like amonia and grossing out the REMFs.


59 posted on 11/18/2011 8:53:04 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: colinhester

Yes I have used it. and it had become my favorite portable until it was stolen last month.

I like its controls and its reception.

Its sturdy and it recharges battery’s in the radio


60 posted on 11/18/2011 8:55:22 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: unkus

Eww!

Thank you for your service unkus.

I told people to stop sending pogy bait to the troops and to send baby wipes.


61 posted on 11/18/2011 8:59:21 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

They use a western NPR format.


That’s funny.


62 posted on 11/18/2011 8:59:31 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: mylife

They use a western NPR format.


That’s funny.


63 posted on 11/18/2011 8:59:37 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Ron C.

that is a great story.

I remember when the bakery I worked at in 1985 or so hired a couple guys to write a program to output the bakery production (orders in, calculate doughs required, etc) it was freaking awesome when they came by and loaded the program (and I assume we watched it compile?) saw screenfulls of code swim by. Was the coolest thing I’d ever seen.


64 posted on 11/18/2011 9:00:12 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: mylife

Thanks, mylife. JDoutrider and I appreciate that.


65 posted on 11/18/2011 9:03:28 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus

I appreciate yall.


66 posted on 11/18/2011 9:06:37 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: unkus

It is funny but they fool lots of folks with the format.

Intellectuals eat it up LoL!


67 posted on 11/18/2011 9:08:19 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

It is funny but they fool lots of folks with the format.

Intellectuals eat it up LoL!


Just like our “progressive” elites here in the States. Oh, they’re so enlightened!


68 posted on 11/18/2011 9:12:48 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: mylife

The Sangean radios are good, but I prefer my Icom R-71A.


69 posted on 11/18/2011 9:13:29 PM PST by Octar
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To: unkus

Indeed.


70 posted on 11/18/2011 9:14:07 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kid Shelleen

I’ve got a Z80a made into a tie tack. It’s way cool bit nobody knows what it is, but me. I only use it with my flying toasters tie.


71 posted on 11/18/2011 9:16:56 PM PST by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Octar

Both great company’s.

I was just trying to present nice radios on a budget, because many people would be disappointed to spend a lot of money and find that SW isn’t their thing.


72 posted on 11/18/2011 9:17:06 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SamAdams76; Kid Shelleen
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 have one of those too!


73 posted on 11/18/2011 9:24:52 PM PST by thecodont
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To: JDoutrider

It’s been 40 years. We’re not ‘Cherry boys’ any more. LOL


74 posted on 11/18/2011 9:33:54 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus

T’is the truth... LOL!

Gawd do I feel old!


75 posted on 11/18/2011 10:21:18 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

May the sun warm your back and a breeze cool your brow.

And all the Irish blessings that apply be sent your way!


76 posted on 11/18/2011 10:33:41 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Seymour Cray invented the microprocessor. He never got credit for this contribution to computer science.


77 posted on 11/18/2011 10:40:26 PM PST by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: Kid Shelleen

5 years old, we just got our first color TV, still have it too.


78 posted on 11/18/2011 11:26:46 PM PST by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: SamAdams76
I had a GE 6 transistor radio that I hid under my pillow too. Even at that age, Grandma turned me onto talkshows and later, the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. I still have it somewhere. Now I use a 1965 8 Transistor Magnavox and a Grundig G6 Aviator Buzz Aldrin edition. The latter is the size of a cigarette pack, gets 150 kc to 30 Mc, FM and VHF-Air, runs a long time on 2 AA batteries. There was a time I noticed my battery life was shorter, until Mom told me she uses it to listen to Hannity while I'm at work. B-)

BTW, I also have a Heinz bottle ketchup 6 transistor radio from 1980, I also have the box too.
79 posted on 11/18/2011 11:32:23 PM PST by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: unkus

Thanks Eagle Brother!


80 posted on 11/18/2011 11:39:13 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

And thanks to you, Eagle Brother. May God bless us all.


81 posted on 11/19/2011 12:38:33 AM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Where were you in '71 ?

Graduated HS in '71. In 1968 I was in my school's first ever "computer" class. The computer was a Digital PDP-8, and we actually toggled stuff right into it. The class was (obviously) all new material for everybody. Nobody had ever sen a computer before. The first thing we learned was what "binary" meant.

82 posted on 11/19/2011 1:12:14 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: mylife

Enough said.

Had several friends who were in places they could not talk about. hee hee hee

Yet we were there.


83 posted on 11/19/2011 5:25:19 AM 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 ?"

I was using the 4004 to build what was probably one of the first mobile digital data recorders ever used. We hooked up the 4004 to a TI CRT tty terminal that included cassette recorders to replace punched paper tape. The 4004 processed analog and digital inputs, and stored it on the tapes. I still have some of the tapes.

84 posted on 11/19/2011 6:53:14 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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