From: Spehro Pefhany
Subject: Re: It must be christmas time
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Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 16:46:30 GMT
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On Wed, 27 Nov 2002 08:26:55 -0800, the renowned John Larkin
>On 27 Nov 2002 01:19:32 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (andy) wrote:
>>I need a you all to spend all of your time to design me a circuit to
>>make my christmas lights
>>It has to be real smart but simple and cheap. I am only a newbie, I
>>know heaps about electronics, i can even plug in a christmas light
>I have just the thing for you, requiring only a cheap surplus PDP-11
>and a half dozen rotary stepping relays. I will finish the schematics
>and COBOL-PLUS code well before Christmas day.
COBOL-"PLUS" ? Mr. High Tech. ;-)
>After you load the operating system code, the paper tape makes a
>festive christmas tree decoration.
I once saw a telephone exchange in Eastern Europe which had
colored Xmas-style lights operated by the stepping relays. It was on
the 2nd floor of a building with a big smoked glass window. Very
festive, with the lights changing as people made calls. Blavbeograd
(sp?) Bulgaria, IIRC. It's probably been replaced by something that
fits in a single rack cabinet by now.
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