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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Don Lancaster, Aug 19, 2005.

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  1. Ah, the Psych-tone, in the very first issue of Popular Electronics I
    ever saw, and obviously the first time I saw your name. I actually did
    breadboard it some years later, playing around with the "signal processing".

    That February 1971 issue was the second electronic magazine I ever bought,
    having discovered them a week or so earlier and bought the Jan-Feb issue
    of Electronics Illustrated.

    I don't know whether it was a wise move or not, but over the years I've
    gone through spurts of clearing out the magazines. I'd shred them and
    save what I thought should be kept. Part of me wishes I hadn't, but
    I can't go back. Obviously I saved all your articles.

    I do realize how much work it is to get old articles in electronic
    form. I bought a scanner last year with that plan. I wanted to
    get things more accessible for my own use. I've not really done
    much with it. Kids today don't realize that things weren't always
    in electronic form, and old material is less likely to be "found on the
    internet" (copyright issues aside) than more recent material because
    the more recent material is already in electronic form and it's just
    a matter of uploading it. Old stuff requires work.

    Michael
     
  2. Michael Black wrote...
    Is the Psych-tone article on Don's site? Wait, here it is,
    http://www.swtpc.com/mholley/PopularElectronics/Feb1971/PE_Feb1971.htm

    I have one of those instruments. Lots of fun to play with,
    but frustrating. Just when its randomly-generated tune seems
    to be getting someplace, it loses the concept... :>)
     

  3. Scanning is only a stumbling first step to restoring pre-computer articles.

    You next have to convert the text portions to actual .PDF text so they
    look better and can be full text searched. Then you have to convert the
    most obvious and most convenient figures and color patches to stroked
    graphics. Finally, the few remaining bitmps need retraced or retouched.

    All the while trying to retain the exact vibes of the original.


    --
    Many thanks,

    Don Lancaster
    Synergetics 3860 West First Street Box 809 Thatcher, AZ 85552
    voice: (928)428-4073 email:

    Please visit my GURU's LAIR web site at http://www.tinaja.com
     
  4. Winfield Hill wrote...
    Makes a nice 2.4MB pdf file. Thanks, Don!
    Actually, I have a Muse, shown on page 28 of Don's article.
     
  5. I read in sci.electronics.design that Winfield Hill
    about 'AN: LInks to Lancaster Classics Project Reprints...', on Fri, 19
    Aug 2005:
    Reminds me of a certain widely-used operating system...
     
  6. Properly done, there's no reason why a better looking final .PDF file
    cannot be done in around 60K. Just time and money is all.

    --
    Many thanks,

    Don Lancaster
    Synergetics 3860 West First Street Box 809 Thatcher, AZ 85552
    voice: (928)428-4073 email:

    Please visit my GURU's LAIR web site at http://www.tinaja.com
     
  7. Don Lancaster wrote...
    You have too much time on your hands! The 2.4M Acrobat version
    is just a convenient single-file packaging of the jpg files.
     
  8. Guest

    Those specs sound like the ideal focus for some sort of artificial
    intelligence application. Most of the pieces already exist. The effort spent
    on cleaning up a few scans, if redirected into an AI application, means that
    after that the cleaning up of all the rest of the scans is free!

    The finished application could (probably should) include all the
    refinements needed to duplicate the vibes you think make a PDF "pretty" and
    "useful".

    If I were ambitious, I'll bet I could start a successful software
    business based on a "scan to PDF" converter.

    Jim
     
  9. Terry Given

    Terry Given Guest

    I have a dream....

    in the not-too-distant future, it ought to be feasible to scan a book,
    then automagically make the movie. Lots of artistic input of course, but
    the bulk of the work should be able to be automated. I'm looking forward
    to it, as there is such a wide body of literature to choose from.

    Cheers
    Terry
     
  10. The problem is that nobody, but nobody has come up with a decent scan
    bitmap to vector tracing converter. Ancient Adobe Streamline is
    mesmerizingly awful but also one of the best.

    I'm working on some universal bitmap manipulation code that may help.


    --
    Many thanks,

    Don Lancaster
    Synergetics 3860 West First Street Box 809 Thatcher, AZ 85552
    voice: (928)428-4073 email:

    Please visit my GURU's LAIR web site at http://www.tinaja.com
     

  11. BTW, the present linking sequence of 23 classic projects is now complete.

    Per http://www.tinaja.com/glair01.asp

    More are possibly expected to follow in a few weeks.

    --
    Many thanks,

    Don Lancaster
    Synergetics 3860 West First Street Box 809 Thatcher, AZ 85552
    voice: (928)428-4073 email:

    Please visit my GURU's LAIR web site at http://www.tinaja.com
     
  12. Ben Bradley

    Ben Bradley Guest

    Can you do that with a short story?

    http://www.sba.muohio.edu/snavely/415/thunder.htm

    It must have been too short, they added to the story, they have to
    "set things right:"

    http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/asoundofthunder/
     
  13. Hey, Don-- is that you on the cover with the metal detector, or did
    Poptronics get sent the stuff and do their own photograpy? Or
    something else?


    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
     
  14. Terry Given

    Terry Given Guest

  15. Tim Shoppa

    Tim Shoppa Guest

    Not wanting to stir up legal trouble Don, but when you published these
    articles originally did you sign the "Gernsback/Ziff-Davis owns the
    rights to this article in perpetuity in all forms" release or did you
    get better terms that allowed you to republish this stuff later (books
    were clearly on your plate in the 70's, but in that time frame they
    clearly weren't thinking about websites!)

    I know that I completely signed away all my rights to several articles
    that I published. And usually the companies that got the rights are no
    longer to be found so I don't really give a damn anymore. My academic
    papers, the companies that published them are still around but they are
    usually amenable to reproduction in reasonable forms.

    Tim.
     
  16. I carefully retained copyright and reproduction rights on many of my
    publications.

    Above and beyond this, I have been told the site to which the links go
    has been carefully cleared with the current PE/RE IP rights owner
    apparent custodian. I am not directly involved with the linked site in
    any manner.

    All appears to me to be totally 100 percent legal and kosher.

    =========================

    BTW, Tektronix also released their rights to legacy equipment tech docs.
    The big question is when HP will do likewise.

    As a practical matter for others, I feel that if the story went through
    several no longer existing publishers, and if there clearly is no
    litigation history, the chances are fairly good that there would be no
    major problems. Especially if due diligence was not previously followed.
    Cases can also be made that a double indirect linking through the
    wayback machine might also somehow reduce your exposure.

    Also, a properly done web presentation involves a tremendous amount of
    new value added. It is not clear how far a "derivative work" concept
    would allow a previous IP rights owner to go. Or whether anything beyond
    "cease and desist" could normally result.

    Your mileage may vary.

    --
    Many thanks,

    Don Lancaster
    Synergetics 3860 West First Street Box 809 Thatcher, AZ 85552
    voice: (928)428-4073 email:

    Please visit my GURU's LAIR web site at http://www.tinaja.com
     
  17. Tim Shoppa

    Tim Shoppa Guest

    I carefully retained copyright and reproduction rights
    You were much wiser than me. Much of the stuff I wrote was essentially
    "ghost written"/"ghost designed" for better known technical authors.
    So not only do I not have the rights, but I don't even get the credit.
    (Or the blame, maybe that's a good thing!)
    I'm impressed that they tracked down the rights owners - I was
    singularly unsuccesful when I tried in the late 90's for Gernsback.

    Realistically most of the stuff published in that era (or any era!) was
    pure drivel. It's nice to see that the good stuff has been preserved!
    I still ocassionally refer to the TV Typewriter books...

    Tim.
     
  18. I am curious who you ghost wrote for.
    Was is Lou Garner?


    --
    Many thanks,

    Don Lancaster
    Synergetics 3860 West First Street Box 809 Thatcher, AZ 85552
    voice: (928)428-4073 email:

    Please visit my GURU's LAIR web site at http://www.tinaja.com
     
  19. Tim Shoppa

    Tim Shoppa Guest

    Was is Lou Garner?

    Oh, no, I was way later than that. When I was in college in the late
    80's I worked with some kit companies and often what I wrote got
    published under some fictional names they used for their "articles".
    Most of the circuits were not my design (although one was and even made
    the cover - it was a pretty crappy UHF TV transmitter), I was just
    casting about in the "technical writing" world, eventually I decided
    that there were better ways to make a few hundred bucks (although I did
    learn some lessons!)

    I never did really comprehend the economics of the electronics kit
    world. Maybe the companies I worked with didn't either - none lasted
    very long, some not long enough for me to get a check!

    Tim.
     
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