What if you choose HP products to enhance your productivity? (May, 1980)

Being immersed in our current open source rich culture, the idea of paying $4000 ($11,400 in 2013 dollars) for a Pascal compiler seems a bit mad.

Also, while reading in software via a giant spool of bar code is pretty weird, it is not the crazy method I teased earlier. That’s coming next week.

What if you choose HP products to enhance your productivity?

For example: PASCAL/1000, a modern computer language that makes programs simple to write, easy to debug, and inexpensive to maintain.

Pascal/1000 is Hewlett-Packard’s new, high-level, structured programming language for HP 1000 computers. By “structured,” we mean that a Pascal program is written in modules in much the same way that a building is put together with standard building blocks.

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SKY RIDES (Jan, 1934)

SKY RIDES

The Outstanding Electric Toy of the Year Our monorail railways are fascinating and educational. Your wishes can be satisfied in everyway as we make all parts standard so that you can purchase a complete set as low as $8.85 and add equipment to it as you desire.

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What’s New (Jan, 1932)

NEEDED — A BIG SWATTER

This huge fly is a model, constructed for educational purposes at the Department of Agriculture, Washington.
(Harris & Ewing)

THIS TYPEWRITER IS MUSICAL
A German engineer, Herr Rundstater of Frankfort, after long litigation, has finally been granted patents on his invention of a typewriter by which musical notation may be written. It has a keyboard like the ordinary machine, but the type-bars carry notes and stems. By this means, much time may be saved.
(Keystone Views)

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SPEED OF MACHINE AND MAN CAUGHT BY CAMERA (Jan, 1924)

SPEED OF MACHINE AND MAN CAUGHT BY CAMERA

Thrills that electrified spectators at an automobile race and soccer game are reproduced by lucky “snaps” of quick-action cameras. The player in one picture has just made a goal by bunting the ball through the posts with his head, a feat seldom witnessed, but the photographer caught the play.

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IMPORTS FROM FOREIGN LANDS (Aug, 1954)

Buying stuff that’s made in a foreign country is somewhat less exciting and exotic nowadays…

IMPORTS FROM FOREIGN LANDS

FREE To New Members!

Free to new members of the International Traders Guild-many unusual, useful products from France, Japan, Germany and other foreign lands, and trade bulletins listing hundreds of import bargains to sell at high U.S. prices. Also requests from overseas buyers for U. S. exports. Opportunity, men -women, profitable, world-wide, mail order business at home; or travel abroad; no capital needed. 2,000 members in 42 countries. 7th successful year. FREE details. Mellinger Co., Dept. A258, 1717 Westwood, Los Angeles 24, Calif

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SOLAR FURNACE (Apr, 1956)

If you want to see one of these in action, just head over to London.

SOLAR FURNACE

Generating over 1500° of heat, this sun-powered kiln will produce new and unusual fusing effects.

By D. S. Halacy

ONE of many unusual tasks the sun did at the recent Solar Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona, was the firing of enameled jewelry in a “solar kiln.” Far from being a mere stunt, the kiln turned out three hundred blue and gold enameled pins for the officials, and dozens of earrings, cuff-links, necklaces and other jewelry. Designed and made by the Phoenix Fine Arts Association, the jewelry, called “Solar Wrought,” brought fancy prices as something unique in jewelry. Yet the idea is simple enough that anyone can easily build his own kiln and fire similar items.

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CELLAR FULL OF GOLD (Mar, 1957)

You know what happens when you let information like this out? Die Hard 3. That’s what happens.

CELLAR FULL OF GOLD

Only Fort Knox has more bullion than the vault under 33 Liberty Street.
THE TALE of the yardbird who kept moving a pile of bricks back and forth endlessly is acted out with international significance in the solid rock cellar of the Second District Federal Reserve Bank in New York, where six and a half tons of gold worth $8,000,000,000 are kept to back up currencies of 60 foreign countries and the International Bank. In this man-made mine, stackers have to move the stuff brick by brick from one triple-locked cell to another as one nation’s balance drops, another’s goes up. •

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Songbirds for Food (Sep, 1936)

Songbirds for Food

Hundreds of thousands of migratory songbirds are being snared and trapped for use as food in Northern Italy.

BECAUSE of shortage of meat, partly forced through the League of Nations sanctions against Italy, the trapping and shooting of migratory songbirds has been lately revived on the Asiago Plateau in Northern Italy.

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I’m Back / New Web Host

Heya everyone, I’m back from my prolonged break. Thanks for your patience. I’ve got some good new stuff coming soon, including the craziest software distribution scheme you’ve ever seen.

On addition, I’ve changed web hosts, so please let me know if you experience any issues or performance problems with the site.

–Charlie

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Streamlined Autos of the Future (Sep, 1936)

Streamlined Autos of the Future

Editorially, we have stated that present-day automobiles, although called by the manufacturers, “streamlined cars,” are not streamlined at all. It is true that the resistance these cars offer to air currents, traveling along the line the car is moving, is considerably less than that offered by the car of 6 or 8 years ago, if measured above the chassis level.

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