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Economical Electronics article on the front page

Post by GoingFastTurningLeft » Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:09 pm

I read the Economical Electronics article by Bryan Bergeron, Editor.

It appears the editor needs an editor himself. There are multiple typo's/ill-formed sentences.
Doing more with less is nothing new those of us work in electronics.
how about this:
While many of these discount suppliers offer seconds of lesser quality than components from Mouser, DigiKey, or Jameco, your may not notice a difference in performance.
Please proof read your front page articles before you post them.

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Re: Economical Electronics article on the front page

Post by Janitor Tzap » Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:09 pm

GoingFastTurningLeft wrote:I read the Economical Electronics article by Bryan Bergeron, Editor.

It appears the editor needs an editor himself. There are multiple typo's/ill-formed sentences.
Doing more with less is nothing new those of us work in electronics.
how about this:
While many of these discount suppliers offer seconds of lesser quality than components from Mouser, DigiKey, or Jameco, your may not notice a difference in performance.
Please proof read your front page articles before you post them.
Telling the choir isn't going to get their attention.

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Post by CeaSaR » Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:20 pm

Incorrect spelling and grammar can ruin an otherwise interesting and
thoughtful post. Let us all proof read our posts. Try composing in WORD
or some other "real" word processor software so that our own text is
correct, in both grammar and spelling. My computer came with MS Works,
so that is what I use to check my posts.

Occasionally I let one slip through; however, I try to correct them as soon
as I can.

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Post by haklesup » Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:25 pm

I also disagree with that second quote. NOS parts sold by smaller distributors may or may not be any different from those that Digikey sells. What is different is that these parts lack any documented testing, QC or reliability testing or warranty beyond DOA returns. Same parts but without the assurance they will work. Fortunately, they usually do.

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Post by Dean Huster » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:52 pm

Most of you guys are too young to remember the floor sweepings offered by Poly Paks and other popular suppliers of the 1960s and 1970s long before Digi-Key and Jameco were gleams in the eyes of their founders. Back then, Allied, Newark and Lafayette were the legit suppliers.

In 1975, I used to get super-cheap ICs from a company operating out of San Diego. You could buy 7400 NAND gates by the sleeve for 10¢ per chip or 7490s for 35¢ a chip. Those folks had thousands of device types. Then a couple of years later, I read in a professional electronics pub where the FBI raided the company and did their thing. Seems that all that merchanise was hotter than a firecracker!

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Contributing Editor emeritus, "Q & A", of the former "Poptronics" magazine (formerly "Popular Electronics" and "Electronics Now" magazines).

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Post by CeaSaR » Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:25 pm

Dean,

PolyPaks and Lafayette are 2 names from my formative youth. Didn't the
PolyPaks turn into JimPaks? Might have been a different company. Ah, for
the days when Electronics Stores actually sold electronics and were
staffed by people who knew what they were talking about, not the end
user kiddies populating sales today.

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Post by Jim Barrett » Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:16 am

And of course there was Olsen Electronics and their grab bags.
As customers brought back parts and small products we would dump them into a big barrel. When the barrel was full we would use a shovel to bag the parts and put them out for sale, price dependent on the size of the bag.
Invariably someone would bring their grab bag back and complain that they got no instruction sheet with it.

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Post by jwax » Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:23 pm

Welcome Jim!
Are you admitting to being a salesperson at Olsens? Yikes.
Welcome anyway.
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Post by Jim Barrett » Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:03 am

Yep, first job in the electronics industry, must have been right around 1970. Worked sales & shipping/receiving. Sold a lot of tuner cleaner and showed people how to use the tube tester.
Thanks for the welcome, nifty little forum ya got here. I've been lurking for awhile but had to add my 2 cents worth.

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Post by Robert Reed » Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:33 pm

"And of course there was Olsen Electronics and their grab bags."
Did you say Olsens - ohboy does that conjure up sweet memories. Jim, you wouldn't happen to be from the Cleveland - Akron area would you?

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Post by Jim Barrett » Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:28 pm

No, we had a few Olsens here in Milwaukee, but Akron was our Mecca. All things neat and far out came from Akron.
We sold a line of Italian stereo amps & tuners (I forget the name) but they had beautiful cherry enclosures and the circuit boards were all hand soldered, excellent sound also. There was a cattle prod that worked off of D cells (wish I had bought one), and tuner cleaner (we got a dime per can extra commission for the tuner cleaner and sometimes on saturdays the boss would up it to twenty cents). Oh, and don't forget to get your battery card punched.
Geez, you guys must be old if you remember this stuff.

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Post by Robert Reed » Sat Sep 13, 2008 3:19 pm

"Geez, you guys must be old if you remember this stuff"

Smile when you say that pardner! :grin: ]

Some things you never forget!

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