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Vernam cipher[edit]

Moved to Talk:Vernam cipher

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1460 redirect[edit]

Changing the redirect was a better fix. Thanks

Martin Meehan[edit]

Your return to the Martin Meehan discussion page and the one sentence matter would be appreciated.

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Consider unblocking me or commenting my RFC/U[edit]

Dear ArnoldReinhold, excuse me for IP-based block evading at your page, but I've been left no choice to communicate with my fellow editors. I am going to ask you to consider unblocking me. I've been blocked for close to two years on a charge of sockpuppetry. I simply didn't do it. I cleanstarted (WP:CLEANSTART) for privacy reasons. You use your real name here and I suppose you're comfortable with that. At times online, I've come into contact with argumentative sorts, even "creepers," that are fond of Googling their adversaries and finding them on social networks and so forth, posting what they find to make their targets uncomfortable or perhaps embarrassed (say, by a picture from Facebook that was only intended for friends). You made a different call, but I wanted a Wikipedia account in which the snoopy sniffers could not so easily track me off Wikipedia. My former account was vulnerable to that, so that was why I switched to this: Colton Cosmic. Anyhow, Timotheus Canens without warning, diffs, or discussion, permanently blocked me as a sockpuppet. Somewhat insultingly I find, he merely gave me a link to "WP:ILLEGIT." After that what seems to me to be an immense volume of blockamaniacs started following me around, suspicion-mongering and haranguing and so forth. They sabotage any effort I make to be unblocked. Most recently at my RFC/U: [1]. That tells the whole long terrible story of Colton Cosmic, if you've got 15 minutes to spare. My long-time critics plastered a lot of negative comments there. Do not assess those "outside viewpoints" necessarily as people who routinely participate in RFC/Us, rather it is my habitual critics that watchlisted my talkpage over my objections and followed me to the RFC/U to criticize me some more.

Arnold, I don't know if it was actually what prompted Timotheus, but I did slip up on civility and say to Nomoskedasticity that he or she was a provocateur whose Wikipedia activity consisted of tattling on editors for this and that at WP:AN/ANI and racking up an high personal score of victims. While in substance I think there's some truth to that, there may or may not be another more constructive side to Nomo. and I shouldn't have spoken so sharply. Fair enough. But an instance of inordinately sharp criticism doesn't mean I should be blocked forever. Which was exactly what Wormthatturned told me in email, he said my remark showed conclusively that I am WP:NOTHERE "not here to build an encyclopedia." With no apparent consideration to my constructive edits and articles I created he seeks to distill my Wikipedia participation to a single edit where I stepped over WP:CIV line: [2] (the "provocateur" part). What's not evident there is the backstory: I had a couple days earlier read Youreallycan complain of being wikihounded by Nomo. for a time period of no less than two years, partly explained here: [3]. Youreallycan made a "please just leave me alone" plea that had a plaintive quality to it. And then there a day or whatever later, is Nomo. calling for Youreallycan to be blocked at WP:AN/ANI. I viewed myself, right or wrong, as confronting a cyberbully.

Anyhow, why'd I come to you? I picked a name randomly from the list of administrators, well I actually meant to pick one from under "B" but for some reason I clicked you. I then checked that you were recently active. That's about it. I did look at your homepage that you link, though perhaps we might have common interests but I didn't notice any. You're Jewish, I'm not. It seems like a fascinatingly complex religion to me. I get Hebrew National hotdogs, haha! I like kosher foods because to me that means "rules" and I like those that make the food I eat to have rules in preparing it. On a darker note for some reason I wanted several months ago to find out what a "mamzer" is, so I explored that aspect of Judaism briefly. I don't know if I care for the rules governing mamzers as much, they seem kind of harsh. What else? Your interests in old computers we sort of share. I am more interested in computers of the vintage where they resembled what they are today: computer, keyboard, and monitor. Atari 800 and so forth.

I'm running too long again. Sorry for putting all this verbiage on your talkpage. If you'll unblock me, great, but you'll get flak from those editors and administrators that view me as a menace. Honestly, they make me feel like Hannibal Lecter sometimes, and I'm like "why?" If defending me is too much of an undertaking, no offense taken of course, but do consider leaving a viewpoint at the RFC/U. This is Colton Cosmic.

SLT manufacturing process[edit]

Hi Arnold


Did u by chance contribute this image to WikiMedia?

Steps in manufacturing Solid Logic Technology hybrid wafers. The process starts with a blank ceramic wafer 1/2 inch square. Circuits are laid down first, followed by resistive material. The circuits are metalized and the resistors trimmed to the desired value. Then discrete transistors and diodes are added and the package encapsulated. Display at the Computer History Museum.

If so I am interested in the caption particularly the phrase "discrete transistors" - are these your own words or did you restate something posted at the Computer History Musuem? I did search the museum online and found the images but not the text. The reason I ask is that there is an ongoing discussion as to whether early S/360 usage of discrete transistors in SLT modules makes them second generation (transistor) computers. Tom94022 (talk) 00:51, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

Hi Tom. Yes, that's my photo. The phrase "discrete transistors" is probably mine. If you click on the "Description" button in the "images" link you provided, you will get the following description:

In System/360, SLT modules replaced discrete-transistor circuits. They were “hybrid,” not integrated circuits — separate transistors and diodes combined with printed resistors on a ½” square ceramic substrate. Complex to manufacture, they were faster and used less power than discrete-transistor circuits.

That is exactly the description on display at CHM when I took the picture and it appears in the un-cropped version of the picture, which I did not upload for copyright concerns. Another good reference is the IBM 360 announcement: http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/mainframe/mainframe_PR360.html and this references from our Solid Logic Technology article Logic Blocks Automated Logic Diagrams SLT, SLD, ASLT, MST. page 1-7 (pdf page 15) ff. which describes several generations of IBM circuitry, SLT, SLD, ASLT, and MST (Monolithic System Technology). Only the last is what we would now call integrated circuits.
The computer generation question is tricky. The transistors used in SLT were individually packaged and added to the hybrid substrate in the last step prior to encapsulation. They are quite visible in my image and even more so in the CHM image. In terms of circuit density, SLT is much closer to early IC technology that it is to the older IBM Standard Modular System (SMS) cards used in the second-generation IBM 7000/1400 series computers. The SLT modules were half-inch squares, or 0.25 sq-in. A 14-pin DIP has a footprint of about 0.27 sq-in, almost identical. IBM could get a at least 6 transistors in a module in their early SLTs and more than twice as many in ASLT. Early SSI TTL ICs had maybe 20 transistors. By contrast SMS cards were 11.25 sq-in and held about as many transistors as an early SLT module. I remember hearing the term two and a half generation for the 360. In terms of architecture, the 360 is clearly 3rd generation, with a unified instruction set, byte addressing, eight-bit bytes, wide addressing, twos-complement arithmetic all features that marked a radical shift from the second generation and which persist to this day. Which is more important, circuit packaging or architecture? The distinction between machine architecture and the details of its implementation were grasped by Ada Lovelace in 1842:

We refer the reader to the ‘Edinburgh Review’ of July 1834, for a very able account of the Difference Engine. The writer of the article we allude to has selected as his prominent matter for exposition, a wholly different view of the subject from that which M. Menabrea has chosen. The former chiefly treats it under its mechanical aspect, entering but slightly into the mathematical principles of which that engine is the representative, but giving, in considerable length, many details of the mechanism and contrivances by means of which it tabulates the various orders of differences. M. Menabrea, on the contrary, exclusively developes the analytical view; taking it for granted that mechanism is able to perform certain processes, but without attempting to explain how; and devoting his whole attention to explanations and illustrations of the manner in which analytical laws can be so arranged and combined as to bring every branch of that vast subject within the grasp of the assumed powers of mechanism. It is obvious that, in the invention of a calculating engine, these two branches of the subject are equally essential fields of investigation, and that on their mutual adjustment, one to the other, must depend all success. They must be made to meet each other, so that the weak points in the powers of either department may be compensated by the strong points in those of the other. They are indissolubly connected, though so different in their intrinsic nature, that perhaps the same mind might not be likely to prove equally profound or successful in both.

Please let me know if I can contribute further to your discussion.--agr (talk) 11:59, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
Hi Arnold:
Thanks for the detailed explanation and thanks for the SLT manufacturing image. I agree that from an architecture perspective S/360 is clearly third generation and that the discrete transistors used in the SLT module make it something like a 2​12th generation. I also agree that archictecture is more important than components and their packaging. However, the authors who defined the generations, both Bell and Blaauw, arbitrarily chose the components used for the logic circuits of a computer to define either four or five integer generations, mechanical, tube, discrete transistor, monolithic IC (not microprocessor) and microprocessor. Of course the last three all use transistors so we stumble over the meaning of discrete in this discussion. The early S/360s - are they in Generation 2, discrete transistors or in Generation 3, integrated circuits or both. Personally I prefer both, in 2nd generation with a footnote as to SLT hybrid packaging of discrete transistors and inline in 3rd generation. It currently is inline in the latter but I am having trouble getting consensus to add it to the 2nd generation list. Your thoughts would certainly be welcome in the discussion. Tom94022 (talk) 16:50, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
I agree the 360 should be listed in List_of_transistorized_computers with a footnote. The same footnote should be on the IBM 1130 which used the same SLT technology and is already there. The list clearly defines its criteria. I would not support listing the 360 in second generation in History_of_computing_hardware_(1960s–present). The current inline text is appropriate and sufficient. If ever a computer marked a generational shift, it's the System 360, no matter how its transistors were packaged. Countess Lovelace would agree.--agr (talk) 02:46, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

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Formatting references[edit]

I'm asking once again: please use proper citation templates when adding references, particularly to articles that already use them. It's very frustrating for me to see your edits like this and have to spend my time adding the citation template. Thanks, Pi.1415926535 (talk) 23:09, 23 July 2018 (UTC)

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Re: Deletion review for Orders of magnitude (voltage)[edit]

Hi. I would like to apologize for closing the AfD as redirect because I had done it in haste while closing the other Orders of magnitude AFDs. Also, I would like the other AFD'd Orders of magnitude articles draftified until sufficient sources are found. FoxyGrampa75 (talk) 19:47, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

Help on Kilogram edit strategy?[edit]

Hi, Arnold. Please comment on the edit strategy for the Kilogram article. I'm trying to plan this on its talk page (Talk:Kilogram). Thanks. -Arch dude (talk) 02:50, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

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Krause Patent[edit]

Here is a link to the crowdsourced public domain patent I mentioned at Wikipedia Day - https://www.freshpatents.com/-dt20151217ptan20150363899.php Wwwhatsup (talk) 22:57, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

@Wwwhatsup: Thanks. It's an interesting idea.--agr (talk) 12:49, 16 January 2019 (UTC)

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Greenhill Park[edit]

Hi Arnold, I just put a delete request on the redirect from greenhill park to the CPR dock since no links connect to the redirect anymore - just so you know and can check should I have missed something. The links I found I modified to connect to the ship's article directly. Regards, --G-41614 (talk) 14:04, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

G-41614 I can't seem to find the redirect you are referring to. I did find a disambiguation page Greenhill Park and added the ship there. Can you point me to your deletion request?--agr (talk) 14:23, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
Sorry, my bad - SS Greenhill Park. I've been pretty much inactive for a couple of years, so I'm rather rusty regarding protocols. --G-41614 (talk) 14:36, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
G-41614 Ahh. Why not just change the target to Greenhill Park (1943 ship)? That would still be a useful redirect.--agr (talk) 14:42, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
Sure, though - don't ask me how, but at one point, I was looking at a page that said no links direct here (SS Greenhill Park), so I thought it's no longer needed ...? --G-41614 (talk) 14:52, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
I fixed the redirect and removed the deletion tag. Redirects aren't just for links. They are also for possible search terms a user might try and the general view is that they should be left in place unless they are really bad in some way. See Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion. Anyway, welcome back to Wikipedia. Glad you are returning!--agr (talk) 15:45, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
Get that & thnx --G-41614 (talk) 18:06, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

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