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From: "Charlie Gibbs"
Subject: Re: Digital divide by ten, 1949 style
Date: 19 Sep 02 15:59:56 -0800
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In article <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org
(Steve O'Hara-Smith) writes:
>On 19 Sep 2002 08:59:33 -0700
>email@example.com (Tim Shoppa) wrote:
>> shows a one-of-five neon-lamp ring oscillator. Now an oscillator
>> isn't a counter, but your point that neon lamps are themselves active
>> devices(if it can oscillate, it can amplify) is appreciated.
> I think you'd be going some to get a neon to amplify, it's a
>voltage controlled switch with hysteresis. It'll amplify a square wave
>I suppose, but linearity is not going to be a feature.
> Now someone amaze us with a HiFi preamp made out of neons just
>to prove me wrong.
Now _that's_ something I'd like to see. Especially if you can run
it with the covers off and see all the blinkenlights. However, if
it turns out anything like the flip-flops I once tried building,
you'd have to run it in the dark so the ambient lighting wouldn't
mess up the lamps' ionization potential.
(Wait a minute - that'd be the best way to look at it, as well as
listening to it. Rooooooooollllllllllll another one...)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Charlie Gibbs)
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