17 14 Fairchild FJN3303R transistors which I’m prepared to send to anyone in need. More details here: http://oree.storijapan.net/praxis/fairchild/. I’m not interested in trading them – I was donated these units to pass them onwards for free. This made me curios about digital heritage and the preservation of the inner logic of electronic components.
If you have a digital heritage or chip preservation anecdote to share I’d love to hear it.
More on chips at llllllll:
I wish this place still existed… it was already closed down the first time I walked past, Andy Bolus told me he went in there once trying to find interesting chips and they basically just told him to get out.
also, makes me nostalgic for being on Bruce Sterling’s “Dead Media Project” mailing list back in the day http://www.deadmedia.org/
One technology that is definitely dead is Control-
Voltage (CV), an analogue interface for controlling
electronic musical instruments and connecting them with CV
based sequencers. Basically. these were very, very simple
analogue computers that stored a short pattern of notes
and durations and looped through them with some
programmable variations. The only people doing anything
with this technology are analogue enthusiasts, who have to
search like skip-tracers for replacement parts when their
I used to go to Sim Lim Tower in Singapore which has a bunch of surplus electronic component places. Some of the old ladies running the stores knew all the part numbers and subtitutions by heart. My best find was a bunch of CA3280’s for cheap. Now they have been reissued, my retirement plans have been dashed.
I think Sterling’s been wrong a few times.
Yea he’s been good at crafting fictional snap shots of time but he’s never been very good at foresight
Digging the term “professional garage futurist” from Sterlings text. Also feeling the necro-aspect of past media – There is something sinister in old tech. Loving the idealism of the manifesto, particularly their view on intellectual capital. Here is one for necro-media too: irational courier service, intended for organizing delivery by travellers. There is a bunch of non-nostalgic resources there’s too.
To be fair he didn’t write that particular post! (can’t remember if he even used to actively post on there but the project did originate with him)
There was also Garland Brothers and a very shady salvage shop a few doors down. The area was well known for electronics, with Siemens being based in Woolwich since the middle of the 19th century (yes that’s the 1800s).
Just realised/remembered that the Dead Media Project site was run by Tom Jennings (World Power Systems / Sensitive Research) who’s site contains a wealth of art and fact re: obsolete technology
I saw Sterling do a pretty disastrous paid talk/discussion years back (the topic was 3D printing/futurefab maybe?) at which it was clear that he had done zero prep.
When the audience finally started to get a little frustrated, he covered by saying something along the lines of “you guys are the experimenters… you should tell me what’s next!” 🤦