From: "Zefram Cochrane"
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Subject: Re: what is 100R mean in a schematics?
Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 22:52:27 -0000
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"Richard Steven Walz" wrote in message
> Hah, well, yes, in a sense. European hobbyists were doing with older and
> lower tech material for longer than in the USA, so they were xeroxing many
> more schematics than we were and more recently, and thus HAD to develop
> ways around the problem, thus the label-as-decimal usage. While the USA
> had PCs and more advanced E-schematic software, Europe was using C64's
> and xerox machines.
Is this really true ? The usage of decimal points, I mean. I agree about the
that Europe took longer to be able to afford quality scanners/printers for
longer than the USA, but thinking back to the middle-1970s now, even the
point didn't seem to have pervaded peoples' consciousness properly. I
science fiction programs of the time referring to "oh oh five", to mean
if you mentioned decimal points to anyone other than a scientist, they'd
were a bit odd: nobody really had any need to refer to decimals in
times: there was no need to say "1.9" meters, because "6 foot something" was
more common. Indeed, many people now seem more common with mm than
m: "Maximum Height: 1800mm" seems more common that "Maximum Height: 1.8m".
The point about all this is that, thinking back, I remember coming across
and "4k7" and "2u2" *before* I came across the decimal-point notation.
Richard [in PE12]