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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by ChrisGibboGibson, Oct 15, 2004.

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  1. Is it just me getting old or are other engineers offended by the hi-jacking of
    some of our old abbreviations?

    PCB stands for Printed Circuit Board, it does *not* stand for poly whatever
    poisonous chemical. It doesn't now, and it never will do in my mind.

    USB is Upper Side Band, it always has been and always will be. It is *not*
    Universal Serial Bus. It never will be.

    What next? VOLT for Voice Operated Literature Technology?

    AMP for Automatic Mobile Prototcol?

    WATT for Which Asshole Took The pSeudonym (well it almost works)

    The whole thing is getting ridiculous.

    Young upstart computer kiddies stealing my favourites and reinventing them.


    I feel better now.

  2. And of course that should have read "WATTS" not "WATT"

  3. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hi Chris,
    Actually, AMP is what kiddies refer to as the huge box that goes into
    the trunk of a lowered Honda with mag wheels. It enables them to slowly
    cruise through your neighborhood and treat everyone within a few miles
    radius to a presentation of "che-booom...che-booom". They are only cool
    enough when the headlight dim a bit with every che-booom.

    It's not all that bad for engineers. After all, someone has to design
    all those hearing aids when these kiddies turn 40.

    Regards, Joerg
  4. Hello again Joerg

    I sometimes wish I'd said nothing.

    One of our distributors sells heavily into the emergency services market.
    Apparently they have the "AMPS"....... Ambulance Modular Power System.

    One of our products is a part of that system. A techie just emailed me to bring
    it to my attention.

    Foot in mouth etc.

  5. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    What really annoys me is people who make up idiotic reference
    designators, like CON3 for a connector, or TR4 for a transistor (or
    transformer!) or RLY2 for a relay, or RV9 for a pot. I just barely
    allow D, as opposed to CR, for a diode, but that's the limit.

    A TR4 is a terrible old British sports car, after all!

    And how about CD's? A CD-R is "Recordable"; CD-RW is "rewritable";
    what happened to Read and Write?


  6. Now a TR7 would have me *really* worried.
    I'm glad there's someone else as old fashioned as me.

  7. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Yucks! My Fart!!
    Me, too. :)

  8. Ken Smith

    Ken Smith Guest

    I think you mean "VR9". After all for maximum confusion you want a
    voltage regulator.
    "D" works better for a diode than "CR" because some people don't read past
    the first letter.

    VAR means Volt Amps Reactive not some silly sales term.

    There are less than 18000 TLAs so some people need to use more letters.
  9. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    My first car was a 998 cc Sprite. It was a lot of fun, until two big
    American cars ganged up on it and scrunched it down to about the size
    of a washing machine, with me inside. After I recovered I took the
    insurance money and bought an 1100 cc MG Midget. That was the last
    good Midget, because the later 1275's, with the Triumph engine, drove
    like trucks. I sold the MG to an artist who painted the sea all over
    it and keeps it for display.

    Here it is:

  10. It's actually a *classic* terrible old British sports car, John. I
    used to have a TR6, which was a great improvement over the 4 & 5.
  11. Don Pearce

    Don Pearce Guest

    Apart, of course, for the tendency for front wheels to drop off - and
    the dreadful handling and lack of speed.

    Pearce Consulting
  12. N. Thornton

    N. Thornton Guest

    The same thing happened when you were young, you just didnt notice.
    PCBs havent been around forever after all. Nor have Hz, they were cps.
    IC, etc. Its annoying to have to relearn something because some idiot
    changed it, but thats the way the world is.

  13. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    Sorry, I'm an MG guy all the way.

  14. N. Thornton

    N. Thornton Guest

    What else would you call them? Thats how I was always taught to do it.

    Personally I dont see the need to have one rigid across the board
    standard. I've used cct diags with dotted connections, ones with
    loops, ones with fading wire ends, and ones where all the wires go
    into one line, transistors marked TR and transistors marked Q, tranny
    meaning transistor and tranny meaning transformer, valves and
    trannies, D diodes and CR diodes, silicon and germanium diodes,
    selenium and copper oxide diodes, PCs and non-PCs, red lives and brown
    lives, AGC and AVC, diode detection and grid leak detection, and so
    on. I have yet to find it all a problem.

    No, I tell a slight omission, there is one convention I have no
    patience for, and that is that d--- Vcc, Vee stuff.

    Regards, NT
  15. That's not the point. Hz wasn't stolen. It wasn't *already* in widespread use
    for something else. Like USB was. And PCB was.

    It's the hijacking of existing ones that is annoying.

    New ones are a completely different issue.

  16. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    I still miss mhos. Who was Dr Mho, anyhow?

  17. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Apparently you can't see the difference between "adding to" and "trashing".

    USB still means Upper SideBand, if you're at a hamfest. PCBs are still
    Printed Circuit Boards, if you're an electronics manufacturer.

    In fact, your whole rant is specious - i.e., name one acronym that used to
    mean one thing, that doesn't mean that any more, in the same context.

  18. Rich Grise wrote:

    No it's not.

    I can't wait to see the new Icom multimode transceiver with buttons on the
    front labelled LSB, USB, AM, CW, FM and a small flat socket on the back
    labelled USB.

  19. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    Dr Mho died because he got Less.
  20. N. Thornton

    N. Thornton Guest

    It Hertz to think of poor Dr Mho, I AM fairly sure the CPS caught up
    with him in the end. He WAVed as they LED him off that AM. They said
    he poisoned someone with PCBs, but I never believed IT.

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