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2007\02\15@201522 by Alexandre Guimar„es

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Hi,

   After 10 years I will be going to the Embedded Systems Conference again
! I remember that many people on the list could be met there at a compiler
vendors booth.... Obviously after 10 years I do not know who is the compiler
vendor or if anyone here still goes to the Conference :-)

   It would be nice to see people that we just "read" on the list.. Is
anyone going this year ? Is there still a meeting point for list members ?

   I will have some days available before and after the conference. What is
nice to see around for a electronics maniac ??

   Is Opamp bookstore really closed ???!!! Are there still "real" technical
bookstores where we can flip real paper pages ??

   I saw that Fry's electronics still exists. Is it still a good place for
surplus stuff ? Are there any other places to go ?

   What else do do around Silicon valley ?

Best regards,
Alexandre Guimaraes



2007\02\15@204020 by Marcel Birthelmer

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Alexandre,
I would stay away from Fry's. They're very much a consumer electronics
store more than anything else. They have a small selection of ICs and
accessories, but that's about it. For surplus stuff, there is Halted
Electronics in Sunnyvale (they also have branches in hayward and
somewhere else, too - http://www.halted.com ), which is at the corner of
Central Expressway and Ryder street, right where central crosses
lawrence expwy. This is highly recommended - big store, lots of fun
stuff.

For more computer-oriented surplus, there's Surplus Computer, and also
Weird Stuff warehouse, which is off of Carribean Drive in Sunnyvale
(if you keep going north on lawrence, it turns into carribean).

Lastly, if you're going to be in the area on March 10th, it'll be the
first session of the monthly Electronics Fleamarket, which is held in
the parking lot at DeAnza college nowadays, near Stevens Creek and 85
in Cupertino. (This is held on the second saturday of every month from
march to october.) This place is highly recommended - all sorts of
neat old (and newer) hardware, and a fun crowd. (A lot of it is
radio-oriented.)

Hope that helps,
- Marcel

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2007\02\15@223022 by Rich Satterlee

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Hi-

In addtion to Halted, there is also Anchor Electronics which, I believe
buys surplus parts and resells them.  The link is:

http://www.demoboard.com/anchor.htm

You can download their catalog and see what is of interest to you.

Of course, Halted and Surplus computers have their websites too.

 Cheers,

  Rich S.

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2007\02\15@235731 by Bob Axtell

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>>>     What else do do around Silicon valley ?
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I's drive up to San Francisco and take the Alcatrez Prison Tour.
You'd take about 3-4 hours out of your day.

It's absolutely positively the best thing you can do in the Bay Area.

--Bob

2007\02\16@012023 by William Chops Westfield

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>> For more computer-oriented surplus, there's Surplus Computer, and also
>> Weird Stuff warehouse, which is off of Carribean Drive in Sunnyvale
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Note that Surplus C0omputer no longer runs a retail store :-(

Weird Stuff has SOME electronics, for which pricing is "odd."
(I've bought 500 caps for $3, Silicone insulated wire at $10 for a
BIG spool, and passed up the blank PCB material sold at like $20
for a 9x12 sheet...)

I don't know of anything particularly near the SJ Convention center,
buying-wise.  There's the Children's Discovery Museum quite nearby,
which is pretty neat.  Down town San Jose doesn't tend to be nearly
as "techy" as one might hope.  Nor even as ethnic.  Perhaps they
try too hard to be just another big city.  You can take the light
rail toward mountain view and ooh and ahh as you pass the buildings
belonging to all sorts of famous companies, but they don't look
very special aside from the names.  There are many fine ethnic
markets around, but I'm not familiar with the ones in downtown SJ.

Surplus has seen better days; I guess there's plenty of surplus
stuff, but real estate is too expensive to support stores that
sell it :-(

BillW

2007\02\16@013501 by Marcel Birthelmer

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Oh, I hadn't realized that Surplus closed its retail doors.
There's also the Computer History museum off of 101 in Mountain View
that's quite interesting... Lots of old hardware, analog computers,
giant racks of tubes, a difference engine or something like that...
that sort of thing.
The Tech (don't know what the formal name is) is next to the
Children's Discovery museum in downtown SJ, but it's a also a little
bit on the childish side. Neat, but maybe not worth it unless you have
kids with you.

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2007\02\16@024739 by Jesse Lackey

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Seconded.  I recently moved to the area (last november) and haven't been
out much (trying to finish a big project!) but did do Alcatraz.  The
prison life is definitely not for me!  Ferry ride is great, views are
great, tour is well done.

Also, the Exploratorium is pretty fun.  Geared towards kids, of course,
but extensive and clever and impressive.  Was there for 3 hours, could
have spent the whole day.  Will definitely go back.

J


Bob Axtell wrote:
>>>>    What else do do around Silicon valley ?
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> I's drive up to San Francisco and take the Alcatrez Prison Tour.
> You'd take about 3-4 hours out of your day.
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> It's absolutely positively the best thing you can do in the Bay Area.
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> --Bob

2007\02\16@045732 by Alexandre Guimar„es

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Hi,

   Thanks for all the options.. Halted, Anchor and weirdstuff are "most go"
options for me :-) I have been to San Francisco before and it is one of the
most beautifull cities that I have ever seen ! This time I will be on my own
and I am thinking of thinks more technically inclined :-)

   Are there still real technical bookstores in the Silicon Valley ?? Has
Amazon killed them all ? I think I am old fashioned but I still love to flip
the pages to buy books :-(

Best regards,
Alexandre Guimaraes

2007\02\16@061348 by Marcel Birthelmer

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Alexandre,
There is still a branch of Stacey's Bookstore up in SF I think (the
one in Cupertino closed down). Other than that, there's a store on
lawrence a little bit south of 101 called "Digital Guru", they should
have a little something, but I've never been in there. Then of course
you have your Barnes & Noble, and maybe Border's, but their technical
selections are of course more limited.
- Marcel

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2007\02\16@164154 by David Minkler

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Surplus Computer has closed to walk-in traffic.  Halted is okay to
browse in but generally a bit overpriced.  Weird Stuff is usually worth
the time, you could spend a day in that place.  Anchor is extremely well
organized but they do have a fairly limited selection.  I haven't been
in Action Computer in a while but I hear decent reports.  You might want
to take a look at Bruce (the evil one's) list at <
http://www.bluefeathertech.com/technoid/calswapindex.html >.  He has a
pretty good write-up for the area.

Dave

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2007\02\19@134410 by alan smith

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What about the Winchester mansion? That was a pretty cool tour....

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2007\02\20@035550 by Alan B. Pearce

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>What about the Winchester mansion? That was a pretty cool tour....

Hmm, I remember going through there in '88 when touring the US. You got to
wonder how batty a person can be ...

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