Nomenclature (was: NEXT Color Printer find

From: Lawrence Walker <>
Date: Mon Dec 31 19:55:08 2001

 Damn. While I generally disagee with Richards approach on most things his
recent postings are things I agree with. Remember the legend of the Tower of
Babel ? Richard have you been smoking those funny little cigarettes ?
 And I'm even supportive of your views on Kwanza and Xmas.
 Maybe this new rural setting is changing my world-view. GAWD am I to
become a New Hampshire Republican ?


> There are plenty of folks who think collectors of old computer hardware are odd.
> One oddity I'd like to see adopted is a dedication to correctness in detail.
> Where the language used in our society is rapidly heading for the point at which
> everyone will only be taught a single syllable, leaving inflections to
> communicate whatever little meaning there is, I'd suggest we, at least, take it
> upon ourselves to learn and use the correct terminology, painful as it may be.
> more below, BTW.
> Dick
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Fred Cisin (XenoSoft)" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Monday, December 31, 2001 1:57 AM
> Subject: Nomenclature (was: NEXT Color Printer find
> > On Sun, 30 Dec 2001, Don Maslin wrote:
> > > Tony is correct.
> > > Regrettably, Jameco has fallen into the bastardization/mongrelization of the
> > > language. Looking at a page of a 1962 Allied Radio catalog, I see listings
> > > and illustrations of the Amphenol "Blue Ribbon" connectors in sizes running
> > > from 8-32 contacts. They obviously derived their name from the blue Diallyl
> > > phthalate dielectric that carried the ribbon-like contacts.
> >
> > Don provides a hint to the correct approach.
> > Invoke the 10 year rule.
> >
> > In place of current accepted sloppy terminology,
> > how many remember what they were called THEN?
> >
> A lot of this nomenclature problem came about when folks started referring
> to the DB25 (and it is a 'B' shell) as an "RS232" connector.
> IIRC, both the 'D' subminitature connectors, e.g. DE9, DA15, DB25, DC37,
> DD50 ... and the "Blue-Ribbon" series were Amphenol products, the patent on
> which expired in the late '70's. Consequently the trade names became muddled in
> various competitors' nomenclature. If somebody has kept old Cramer, Newark,
> Allied, and other catalogs of the late '60's and early '70's, (which I haven't)
> the nomenclature should be much clearer there.

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