Date registered: May 2004
Vehicle: 1983 380SL, ivory/dk brown, 46k miles, dual roller timing chain. 1986 560SL, red/white, 190K mile.
Location: Advance, NC
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Jyuma, you and I definitely were on parallel paths.
We must be spiritual brothers :-)
I do remember the RCA 1802 - a CMOS microprocessor and I got very interested in it and along with the CMOS based TTL compatible IC line up. I also spent a lot of time at Bell Laboratories in Homdel, NJ. They developed their own line of TTL compatible CMOS chips.
I graduated high school in 1966 and immediately went to Tech School to learn Electronics and then to UNCC - BET Computer Electronics. I graduated before the invention of Microprocessors ... well also before the invention of hand held Calculators too :-) But I took a lot of programming courses that formed the base of my programming gigs. As an aside, I always wondered why I was never drafted as the Vietnam War was going on big time. A few months ago I sent off to the National Archives to get a copy of my Draft Records - boy did I thread the needle with timing of events, deferments and just dumb luck.
Below is a photo of the first single board PC I designed and tried to market in March 1976. It was about the time that Apple came out with their Apple I computer they sold for $666. Note the significance of 666. Living on the east coast in the back woods of innovation (really was) I couldn't find anyone who had manufacturing facilities to work with me.
That PC in 1976 was pretty robust - MOS Technology 6502 microprocessor, 4 KB of Ram, 4KB of EPROM, parallel and serial ports. (4KB was a lot of memory then, but today my desktop PC with 16GB has four million times more memory.) Note the wire jumpers - this board was the first one I etched and the wire jumpers were corrections I needed to make to the mask for the next run. I threw away the masks some time ago as they were done in x4 scale. I had a intuition at the time that this microcomputer could have sold well but couldn't get backing. Many times I wished I grew up in Silicon Valley or Boston with all the electronic manufacturing expertise and adventurous folks. Those were indeed some magical times and I know you remember them too.
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"You have chosen to drive a MERCEDES-BENZ, a car in whose construction and production we have taken great pains because we believe that quality is not a matter of chance." -- page 3, Owners Manual 380SL
Timing Chain, Subframe, wiring harness, Climate Control, Rust prevention, etc.
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