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Not all of the pricing made sense: They were selling gorgeous NOS Hammarlund 300 pf log-scale variable caps for .95, but beat-to-hell removed-from-equipment military power transformers were marked - each. So like most everything else in the world, OEM is a mixed bag, but there's nothing like it in the Springs, and if you need that sort of stuff (and are willing to dig a little for it) I recommend it highly. On reading of my concept for poultry-flavored spiral notebooks, George Ewing sent me a reference to a little-known short essay by Edgar Allen Poe, entitled "Diddling," which is about scams favored by small-time con-men.("Diddling" meant "scamming" in the 1850s.) I'll quote the pertinent paragraph in full: A neat diddle is this: A friend holds one of the diddler's promises to pay, filled up and signed in due form, upon the ordinary blanks printed in red ink.) My EE friend George Ott had been patiently cajoling me to go over there, even drawing maps so I wouldn't miss it, but with a fellow nerd like Pete in town it was the most natural tourist destination you could name. It really is (or was) a grocery supermarket years ago, and the original shelves and aisles are still there.However, instead of being stocked with Cheerios and canned beans, they're stocked with resistors, capacitors, coils, and transformers; decrepit, defunct or obsolete computers and midlate 1990s software (Borland Quattro!
Any year you learn something is a good year, and this has been a good year.
Let me list a few of the things that I learned (or re-learned) in 2005: Earlier today, Pete and I went up to OEM Parts, the Colorado Springs electronics and industrial surplus junkhouse.