OT-ish: Blue LEDs

From: Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk_at_yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Sun Oct 24 11:18:31 2004

On Sun, 2004-10-24 at 11:49 -0400, Roger Merchberger wrote:
> Rumor has it that Jules Richardson may have mentioned these words:
> >Does anyone know when blue LEDs first became commercially available?
> Available? I would think about 6-7 years ago...
> Affordable? I would pare that guesstimate down to about 3-4 years; RatShack
> only started carrying 'em about 2 years ago, IIRC.

Actually, you're way off :-) I just remembered that I had a 1993 Maplin
catalogue kicking around, and it turns out that they happily sold them
to the public back then (although only in round cases, not

But how long before then they were available to equipment manufacturers
with more money than sense, I don't know! I'd guess a couple of years at
most, which is still a year later than these Apollos (well, according to
IC dates in the machines anyway)

> >It's possible that someone's fitted them years later of course!
> And they did. ;-)

Heh :) Despite the dates above it'd still seem that way to me too. Shame
though, I think they're the only machines that the museum have with blue
LEDs fitted :-)


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