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Process made of discreet transistors!!

No exactly a Mac thing - but too cool to miss for fans of computer history!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDMkw6lnzmI

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Thx man, cool video.

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Speaking of transistors, if you ever find a documentary about the three engineers that invented the transistor I really suggest giving it a watch. Fascinating story.

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I heard the "inventors" of the first transistor went to great lengths to describe their technology in patents. BUT they had only one transistor per package. Then, someone else was able to come along and claim patents for putting more-than-one transistor per package. Those first guys lost bigly.

Aside, I hope folks realize the name of this thread should have been spelled "discrete" whereas "discreet" is a word it means something else.

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Well kind of. There were three that worked on the problem of finding something that works a little better than the vaccuum tubes. Their names were William Shockely, Walter Brattain, and John Bardeen. When Bardeen and Brattain came up with the first device, they didn't bother to tell Shockely what they found, which made Shockely furious. Shockely came up with his own device and moved to California and started Silicon valley. People that coudln't get along with Shockely end up starting companies like Intel and Texas Instruments.

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That's how I read it, too. Personallity problems and character flaws helped to kickstart the IT revolution.
Long live the monkey wrench in the gears of streamlined uniformity. Laughing out loud

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There's a PBS documentary about this called Transistorized, and i truly suggest giving it a watch if you can find it. It's not the same production value as say the TV movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley", but it's still fascinating.

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This one?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4XknGqr3Bo

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yep.