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What ever happened to red LED displays?

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Paul Hovnanian P.E.

Jan 1, 1970
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Pooh said:
LEDs use more power. That's probably why they're less popular..

Graham

It would be a real shame if the batteries in the bomb went dead from
running the display before the countdown completed.
 
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Roy L. Fuchs

Jan 1, 1970
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It would be a real shame if the batteries in the bomb went dead from
running the display before the countdown completed.

Especially if the circuit is operated over a normally closed relay
being held open over a charged ignition cap circuit. Boom... Bada
Big Boom.
 
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Michael

Jan 1, 1970
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I have been looking for a digital thermometer and perhaps a timer,
with red LED displays (like the old MA1026 chip)
Everything is LCD these days. The only time I see somerthing with red
LEDs it is a bomb on a TV show.

Ain't that the truth! Seeing LEDs count down on TV bombs always makes me laugh
out loud. So silly. The really hilarious bombs BEEP with each second.

(OT: whassup wi' the all-too-frequent station break segments during the TV
program "24"? beep...BEEP...beep...BEEP ... Wastes considerable program
time.)
 
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Michael

Jan 1, 1970
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Lots of tiny buttons and overly complicated displays are not
appreciated by folks who just want to know what time it is or what the
temperature of something is. It is much like the "Microsofting" of
computers where we have taken basic text mode applications and added
100 meg of unneeded graphics, for no particular reason..

.... or use their "clicker" mostly to mute or channel surf during commercials. O
that end I bought a really nice after-market IR remote for use with my TV. It
has two BIG buttons for channel, two BIG buttons for volume, and small buttons
for mute and ON/OFF. A blind person could use it; no squint-before-poke. Keys
are identifiable by feel and large enough that we ham-fisted persons need not
use a stylus to press one.

Couple of weeks ago I replaced an aging but unbowed Panasonic VCR (circa 1984)
with a VCR/DVD combo. The remote for that sucker is about 10" x 2" and has a
zillion buttons! I'm going to shelve that useless thing once I've determined the
several useful codes I want and burned them into a PIC-based remote.
 
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AZ Nomad

Jan 1, 1970
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Ain't that the truth! Seeing LEDs count down on TV bombs always makes me laugh
out loud. So silly. The really hilarious bombs BEEP with each second.

There's even an acronym for them: RLR (red LED readouts). They're
as much of a cliche as the fruit trucks or fruit stands that get clobbered
in every single car chase.

P.S. Why can't hollywood ever show an accurate depiction of a computer?
I can kind of understand the exagerations with gunfire and bombs; most
people don't come in contact with gunfire and bombs in everyday life.
However, who hasn't seen a real life working computer? Some of us even
use them in daily life! Hollywood can accurately show common objects such
as doors and stairs without them dancing around, but not computers.
 
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Rich Grise

Jan 1, 1970
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(OT: whassup wi' the all-too-frequent station break segments during the TV
program "24"? beep...BEEP...beep...BEEP ... Wastes considerable program
time.)

I believe you've answered your own question. ;-)

Cheers!
Rich
 
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Michael

Jan 1, 1970
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Rich said:
I believe you've answered your own question. ;-)

Cheers!
Rich


Ya know ... that very thought blazed into my consciousness soon after I posted.
Actually it was after remembering a recent TV program strategy: the mid-program
recap. My reaction, the first time I saw this (a week or two ago), was "W_ T__
F___!" A recap. that shows what we saw a couple minutes ago??!

I need another project. I shall place a stopwatch next to the potato couch and
time usable content in each program I view. Results might surprise even me.
 
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Winfield Hill

Jan 1, 1970
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[email protected] wrote...
I have been looking for a digital thermometer and perhaps
a timer, with red LED displays (like the old MA1026 chip)
Everything is LCD these days. The only time I see
somerthing with red LEDs it is a bomb on a TV show.

"The author of this message requested that it not be archived.
This message will be removed from Groups in ... days"

Would you kindly change your usenet-posting settings and stop
this nonsense, which damages the stored conversation threads?
 
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Paul Hovnanian P.E.

Jan 1, 1970
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I have been looking for a digital thermometer and perhaps a timer,
with red LED displays (like the old MA1026 chip)
Everything is LCD these days. The only time I see somerthing with red
LEDs it is a bomb on a TV show.

The Bush administration has restricted their availability. If they can
prevent terrorists from obtaining red 7-segment LED displays, their
ability to manufacture bombs will be curtailed.
 
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Pooh Bear

Jan 1, 1970
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Paul Hovnanian P.E. said:
The Bush administration has restricted their availability. If they can
prevent terrorists from obtaining red 7-segment LED displays, their
ability to manufacture bombs will be curtailed.

How about flux capacitors ?

Graham
 
[email protected] wrote...

"The author of this message requested that it not be archived.
This message will be removed from Groups in ... days"

Would you kindly change your usenet-posting settings and stop
this nonsense, which damages the stored conversation threads?

The reality is there were not any replies worth savng
 
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mc

Jan 1, 1970
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Paul Hovnanian P.E. said:
The Bush administration has restricted their availability. If they can
prevent terrorists from obtaining red 7-segment LED displays, their
ability to manufacture bombs will be curtailed.

Specifically the kinds of bombs you see in spy movies, right?
 
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