and more reliable than ours and we
figured that the only way we could
beat them is in terms of greater size.
This approach does have drawbacks
in terms of operating speed, power
consumption, and so forth, but we
use marine plywood as the dielectric
between layers of copper foil. This
means that the devices can actually
be repaired using standard
carpenter's tools. You don't have to
throw them away when they fail.
Plus, they can be soldered into a
circuit using a propane torch and
inexpensive acid-core solder.”
The 6808 offers 16 bytes of
internal RAM, a 60-Hz bus frequency,
and runs off 110-V half-wave rectified
DC current. Suggested applications
include control of high-voltage
metronomes, cement mixers, and
Yugo fuel pumps.
The wholesale price is $6.00 per
unit, plus $8.95 shipping and
from negative to positive and all
batteries would have to be labeled in
the reverse of the traditional manner.
Citing the importance of the measure, Rep. Spudbugger noted, “One
little mistake and we could have all of
our electrical equipment running the
wrong way. Imagine your electric
toothbrush putting crud back onto
your teeth instead of cleaning them.
Also, if you put the batteries in a flashlight the wrong way, it could suck all of
the light out of the room. It's just too
dangerous to continue doing things the
same old way.” You can express your
opinion by sending a message to
Until next month, I hope you’ve
enjoyed the April 1, 2004
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Industry and the
Pending Legislation Covers
Late in March, US Representative
Otis Spudbugger (D-NY) introduced legislation that would require a
major revision in the way electronic
schematics are drawn. In a press
release, Rep. Spudbugger noted, “I
was putting a new set of batteries into
my CD player the other day and it
occurred to me that every drawing
I've ever seen shows electricity coming
out of the positive end of the battery
and going back into the negative end.
That doesn't make any sense.
Electrons are negatively charged, so
it should go the other way. I checked
it out and I was right. It looks like all
of our textbooks and electrical
diagrams are wrong. This is a scandal
that will shake the electronics
industry from top to bottom. We've
got to find out who is behind this.”
Provisions of the pending
legislation would require all electronic
schematics drawn after December
31, 2004, to show electricity flowing
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