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In 1947 Bell Labs invented the transistor. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

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@spacekookie I have an RCA Receiving Tube Manual on the coffee table right in front of me.

@spacekookie
I remember in the 50's and 60's people were throwing out their vacuum tube powered stereos because the transistor had arrived.
Today those old tubes are worth a fortune. Turns out they sounded much better playing records than those new transistor amplifiers.

@mydogisahusky I have an old "shitty" tube guitar amp that sounds like orgasmic noise shredding your eardrums so yea I know a thing or two about that ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

@spacekookie @mydogisahusky not a good example really because guitar amps favour valves for the same reason everything else stopped using them, they distort the sound.

for a home stereo it's better to reproduce accurately as possible and give user control over creating any "warm tone" with an EQ. not that i wouldn't take a valve amp setup over any cheap 80s compact stereo

@Pegasus @spacekookie @mydogisahusky It depends, how strong is the feedback. Yes, you can build a tube amp with much less feedback which distorts the sound more and sounds better when playing an alectric guitar.

@steelman @spacekookie @mydogisahusky Or you can go the other way entirely, and put a half broken transistor radio in the cab like queen did

@mydogisahusky @spacekookie Yes, transistors were poor back then. But much (not all) of the tube hype today is magical thinking.

@spacekookie You can snipe fake physics fans by asking their opinion on Bardeen (apparently very neighborly).

@spacekookie I'm glad someone finally had the guts to say this. Thank you.

@spacekookie Why? I thought transistors made a lot of cool things work. Why bad?

@spacekookie well, they do have some negative unintended consequences, but have brought some very good things to us as well. I suppose the irony is not lost on you that you've written "computers were a mistake" ON a computer?

@j3t @spacekookie the original quote goes "in the beginning god made the world" so it's kind of tongue-in-cheek
we all like being alive in the world but we all complain about it, same goes for computers

@spacekookie you've combined douglas adams, technology, and shitposting. you're a genious

@spacekookie
Makes a person wonder what was first thought about computer chips, when they first came out ..

@airwolf85 @spacekookie When Intel released the 4004, not much of anyone thought anything about them, except the Japanese manufacturer of calculators for which that chip had originally been invented.

IBM and their mainframes were utterly indomitable.

Today, even IBM mainframes carry *Intel* Xeons so that they can run Windows-based software on auxiliary processors.

There's a lesson in this story somewhere...

@spacekookie It's been several times now that I came across this toot, and it just keeps getting funnier ๐Ÿ˜‚

One day I will boost it, too!

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