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retrolefty


cr0sh


One TQFP ATmega328P - but it came in a box over a foot cube and mounted in a 250-unit waffle-tray all to itself!  A triumph of wasteful packaging...


LOL - I once ordered a single 12 inch long CCFT from Mouser for replacing a dead one in an LCD monitor I picked out of the garbage at work; it came packed in a 36 inch long by 4 inch wide tube, wrapped with bubble wrap, with the CCFT itself inside another plastic carrier tube. It didn't break in transit though...
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cr0sh

My last purchases came courtesy of Ebay:

- An AMD 386SX motherboard with 4 x 1 mb 30 pin SIMMs (for a future retro PC)
- 2x Via Epia M-10000 Mini-ITX motherboards, each with a stick of 512mb DDR (the price was too good to pass up)
- Actual packaged copy of Virtus VR for Windows 3.1 (I collect old VR gear and software)
- A SpyGear ATV-360 (I buy these when I can find them cheap for the Kopin head-mounted monocle display)

Last weekend I also picked up a variety of parts from Apache Reclamation (I swear, sometimes I feel like I keep them afloat, I buy so much stuff from them!); while I was there I spotted an awesome component: A large, still-in-crate NOS Ignitron from National. By "large" - the crate measured about 2 x 2 x 2.5 feet - it was standing upright, still bolted to the bottom, and all the metal straps holding the crate together in good tight shape, no cracks or other deterioration in the wood. It was a large stainless steel cylinder with large binding posts mounted on it for terminals, plus in the crate was a large inch-thick braided copper cable with similar sized copper lugs (the copper in that was probably about $100.00 worth right there). They were asking $1000.00 for the unit. Needless to say, I didn't bring it home (not that I would have a use for such a large rectifier).

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retrolefty

Looks like there will be a lot of mercury inside it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignitron

graymalkin

I know there are in the UK, not sure about the US.. But aren't there funky laws around mercury because of it's general toxicity and death causing attributes?

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