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Wacky vintage Soviet computer box
« on: Wed, 13 December 2017, 14:54:35 »
Wow, dig this component box from a '70s Soviet military control computer that someone's selling on eBay:





Ever see anything like that, with PCBs mounted on every surface? Hope they had some good fans.
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Re: Wacky vintage Soviet computer box
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 13 December 2017, 14:59:15 »
And how come vintage Soviet electronics always look so sad, and no one's really interested in collecting them?



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Re: Wacky vintage Soviet computer box
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 13 December 2017, 18:11:26 »
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Re: Wacky vintage Soviet computer box
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 15 December 2017, 01:23:59 »
You knew this sort of thing would happen if you skipped your medication again.
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Re: Wacky vintage Soviet computer box
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 20 December 2017, 06:17:07 »
Agat is not sad!

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Re: Wacky vintage Soviet computer box
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 20 December 2017, 19:10:29 »
And how come vintage Soviet electronics always look so sad, and no one's really interested in collecting them?
As with almost anything military, it was built to be utilitarian, anything more would have been wasteful, especially by the Soviets and for something intended for the proles to use. Ever see some of our current military equipment, seats are considered an afterthought. Ever see the original seats in an actual military spec Humvee? Or worse, what the military uses when those wear out and don't feel like replacing them, an airline pillow strapped to plywood using fake leather is a good way to describe them.

As for those pcbs... The joints may have been done by a kindergartner (very possible considering Russia), but that is some seriously impressive/creative engineering there.
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Re: Wacky vintage Soviet computer box
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 21 December 2017, 08:52:29 »
The joints may have been done by a kindergartner (very possible considering Russia)
Learning to solder in kindergarten becomes very handy late in life when one becomes a keyboard hobbyist.
(...)Whereas back then I wrote about the tyranny of the majority, today I'd combine that with the tyranny of the minorities. These days, you have to be careful of both. They both want to control you. The first group, by making you do the same thing over and over again. The second group is indicated by the letters I get from the Vassar girls who want me to put more women's lib in The Martian Chronicles, or from blacks who want more black people in Dandelion Wine.
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Re: Wacky vintage Soviet computer box
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 21 December 2017, 10:58:30 »
And how come vintage Soviet electronics always look so sad, and no one's really interested in collecting them?


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Probably because it's very cold in russia.  But it's not sad it's just hand soldered..

People don't collect them, well, we don't know that.. but heck, let's say because maybe it's radioactive, because that's probably what they were using computers for..

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Re: Wacky vintage Soviet computer box
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 15 January 2018, 17:51:13 »
The joints may have been done by a kindergartner (very possible considering Russia)
Learning to solder in kindergarten becomes very handy late in life when one becomes a keyboard hobbyist.

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Re: Wacky vintage Soviet computer box
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 15 January 2018, 19:55:43 »
The joints may have been done by a kindergartner (very possible considering Russia)
Learning to solder in kindergarten becomes very handy late in life when one becomes a keyboard hobbyist.

...in second grade

Learning to solder, right ...

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Re: Wacky vintage Soviet computer box
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 16 January 2018, 07:42:46 »
The joints may have been done by a kindergartner (very possible considering Russia)
Learning to solder in kindergarten becomes very handy late in life when one becomes a keyboard hobbyist.

...in second grade

Learning to solder, right ...

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"Learning to solder the hard way".
(...)Whereas back then I wrote about the tyranny of the majority, today I'd combine that with the tyranny of the minorities. These days, you have to be careful of both. They both want to control you. The first group, by making you do the same thing over and over again. The second group is indicated by the letters I get from the Vassar girls who want me to put more women's lib in The Martian Chronicles, or from blacks who want more black people in Dandelion Wine.
I say to both bunches, Whether you're a majority or minority, bug off! To hell with anybody who wants to tell me what to write. Their society breaks down into subsections of minorities who then, in effect, burn books by banning them. All this political correctness that's rampant on campuses is b.s.

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Re: Wacky vintage Soviet computer box
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 16 January 2018, 20:27:21 »
Learning to solder, right ...
I actually shuddered seeing that pic.
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