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« Thread started on: Jun 26th, 2004, 1:23pm »

Here's food for thought: Do we really know where the first transistor came from? In case if you don't know, a transistor takes a small input signal and produces a larger output. Until then, only bulky vacuum tubes could do this, which waste a great deal of energy in the form of dissipated heat.

One subject of argument that I've heard from time to time (can be found on many sights on the internet) is that the first transistor came about shortly after the infamous Roswell incident back in the mid 40's.

According to documented history as we know it, the first transistor came from Bell Labs as a result of several scientists who started off working together, but later broke off into groups as a result of some quarrels over stolen ideas. As a result of this, several different transistors came about. The historical year of significance associated with the discovery of the transistor is 1948.

Ever since the invention of the transistor, our capability with computating data and processing speeds has doubled in a time frame of less than 2 years. Let me say this again: Every 2 years, our capability with computers more than doubles!!!

Do your research. Many other things of significance occured in 1948. And they all affected the world on a scale that affects us to this day and will continue to to do so. Keep informed. You don't want to be out of the loop on this one.

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« Reply #1 on: Jun 26th, 2004, 6:18pm »

Hi & welcome to the group :)

I've heard theories before that a lot of our current technology is from alien technology. The problem I have with that is 1) there's no proof whatsoever, and 2) those theories diminish the human beings who did come up with it. Humans are intelligent creatures (well some of them are anyway) and we've had genius's before who've created in the past, we'll continue to have genius's in the future.

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« Reply #2 on: Aug 14th, 2004, 9:10pm »

Both good points. I lean to Jenny. That said, we had a close friend, Eugene McDermott, and we lived very near Cecil Green- both began Texas Instruments. Attended many dinner parties, but never was this topic known to me.
I wish I had an inkling then.
Gene had many government contracts, and that sphere would have been interesting, I'm sure.
He was my neighbor, and our families vacationed, etc.
But UFOs were unknown to me at that time.
They made semi-conductors at the local plant, but we just thought they were the product of brilliant and capable thinkers.

I had an in-law who once had a discussion with a military officer regarding public disclosure. It was said that such will not occur, if it undermined order, or gave a hand to our competitors. That UFOs existed was not disputed. That was years ago.

In hindsight, there have been few deathbed confessions by any scientist who knew something worth revealing. After all these years, why has some notable not broken the ranks of silence?
Perhaps it is because we have less knowledge of them than many would accept, perhaps not. Even if they taught us some nugget of new science or application, teaching us to better steward our planet would be paramount. Perhaps those satellites orbiting and revealing our climate and such, are our just reward. We needed semi-conductors to accomplish that. What comes next, I wonder?

http://www.ti.com/corp/docs/company/history/mcderm.shtml

http://www.ti.com/corp/docs/company/history/sitrans.shtml
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 15th, 2004, 10:15am »

Now, I see. This site is closing, without activity. Sorry.
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 15th, 2004, 3:52pm »

The site isn't closing. It simply transferred ownership a few months ago.

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