[time-nuts] Toys for time-nuts in old-folks home

Chris Albertson albertson.chris at gmail.com
Thu Jan 19 22:12:00 EST 2012

On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 6:53 PM, Hal Murray <hmurray at megapathdsl.net> wrote:
>>> The cure for time-nuttery is to get old, and realize that your
>>> collection of equipment will prevent you from being able to
>>> move  to assisted living.
>> You mean you can't take it with you?!  It will (hopefully) be a long time
>> before I get to that point, because it sounds boring already.
> Suppose you are moving into an old folks home where you have limited space.
> What toys would you take with you?  How would you decide?

Technology will have moved by them.   I would have zero use for a lot
of the stuff I have not.   So my answer would be "the future version
of an iPad and not much more"

I was at a presentation today where they have some space qualified "TN
stuff"  Like a cesium clock and an Rb.  These were "old" because of
the time it takes tho quality something to use in space.  Also I say a
current "chip scale" atomic clock that was a few millimeters cube.

My point is that in years from now the $39 Rb form China will be
inside a tiny package the size of a 2N2222 triansitor and interface
directly with your ipad.  You will keep the parts in a used medicine
bottle.   Think about the reduction in size and cost for the last 20
years.  This will happen again in the next 20.  In 20 years the "chip
scale" clocks will be on eBay for $40 each.

Chris Albertson
Redondo Beach, California

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