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Old-Timey Calculators: Before Electronic Computers (and Even After)

Some time around 2004, as I was bouncing around the country doing data collections and research in support of the simulation and analysis of transportation and security systems, I happened to visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History … Continue reading

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A while ago I wrote about a museum exhibit featuring a large number of creative, custom-made iron implements that were displayed in a little museum in northwestern Montana. Today, as I’m circumnavigating much of North America, I went hundreds of … Continue reading

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Order Of The Engineer

I grew up reading a bunch of popular technical magazines and always wanted to do something in that vein. Excelling in a seventh grade mechanical drawing class gave me an idea that I might become an architect but over time … Continue reading

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Knowing What’s Under the Hood and How It Got There

The downside of having been involved in software for a long time is that it’s easy to fall into the trap of not knowing all of the latest languages and techniques. One gets off into analysis and management and discovery … Continue reading

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Solving the Right Problem

The cover of the June 2010 issue of Mechanical Engineering magazine asked the question, “Can Visionary Engineers Revive Industry in America?” Here’s the question I would ask: Did engineers break industry in America? To ask the question is to answer … Continue reading

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What Can and Cannot Be “Homebrewed”

Americans (and many independent-minded people elsewhere) have always enjoyed solving problems on their own. There is nothing they won’t experiment with if they think it’ll do them some good. People have always worked with metal, wood, stone, leather, and cloth … Continue reading

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End-of-Life for Old Computers

Many of the Level 2 systems I wrote were for new mills but a few were replacements for older systems. Replacements were sometime sought simply because the newer versions were more efficient and saved more fuel, but sometimes there was … Continue reading

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