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Comment: Western Electric (Score 1) 674

by Nethead (#46791457) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Well, anything by them but specifically the Model 500 telephone set.

63 years old and still works just like it came out of the factory. The only maintenance is a bit of cleaning with soapy water and tapping the microphone against something hard every few years to pack the carbon granules.

Also remarkable is that it will still work on just about any phone system in the world. That's a long lasting communication standard.

Another great line of products were pre-1990 Motorola two way radios. They were build almost as well as the WE stuff.

Comment: Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (Score 1) 431

by Nethead (#46744421) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

But then there are the stars:

Kassahun Tsegie was born in 1970 in Ethiopia. His mother died in a tuberculosis epidemic when he was three years old. He and his elder sister, were subsequently adopted by Ann Marie and Lennart Samuelsson, a homemaker.

Comment: Re:Owned by Ford, an American company (Score 1) 178

by Nethead (#46527785) Attached to: Your Car Will Soon Sense If You're Tired Or Not Paying Attention

Neeerrrrrt! That is incorrect. The correct answer is, "Who is Greely of China."

Ford sold the Volvo Car Corporation in 2010 to Geely Automobile of China for $1.8 billion, following on from their sale of Jaguar Land Rover in 2008 and Aston Martin in 2007.

Comment: Re: Combined with the ringing phones ? (Score 4, Informative) 382

On original POTS circuits the ring tone was actually the 25Hz signal sent to the phone with the phone's bell coils supplying some of the ringback harmonics along with a ring generator. With a good ear you could estimate how many phone sets were ringing. The audio path was already set-up while the phone rang. If the called party was too near an AM broadcast transmitter you might even hers some of the program between rings. The off-hook condition on the called party just disconnected the ring generator at the CO and started any billing equipment.

Of course this all ended with the last of the Stroger and crossbar offices.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy