From: Let them have the spam
Subject: Re: Digital divide by ten, 1949 style
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 02:41:06 -0500
Organization: Not Really!
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On Wed, 25 Sep 2002 22:40:57 +0000 (UTC), email@example.com (Joe
>>>>Let them have the spam writes:
>>> jchausler wrote:
>>>> I may still have 3 of those image orthicon tubes, if they didn't get
>>>> tossed during my last move. Does anyone know of any use for them?
>>>They can be made into interesting lamps.
>>>Just mount the tube front down on a wooden base [...]
Besides, the most interesting thing to look at on an IO is the face.
>Sorry; even though it's been nearly 40 years since I've worked in the
>TV industry, I jump at the idea of anyone *ever* holding an IO face
>down. Do that and the miniscule fragments that weren't removed from
>the tube during manufacturing will fall through the mesh, ruining
>Yes, I know that if you're planning on turning the tube into a desk lamp
>it doesn't really make that much difference, but proper handling of the
>tubes was drilled into every new engineer before he (almost always "he")
>was allowed to actually hold one.
I never actually saw the price for an IO, but somehow I got the
impression that they cost over $1,000 or more, each. Which tends to
explain the handling training. And they always seemed pretty fragile.
>>IIRC, the glass in the tube is too thin for this sort of application,
>>but, it is an interesting idea.
>Far too thin-walled for that. I keep planning to build a wood mount
>to put it on the wall (maybe with a backlight) but I've never gotten
>around to doing anything along that line, and probably will demonstrate
>my consistency by continuing to not do it.
Too bad they don't glow or somesuch when in operation.
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