Bright from the Start: GE’s improvement to the CFL (and why it briefly needed to exist)

From Technology Connections. A pretty bright idea. At least at first. Links ‘n’ stuff: https://opensauce.com/ is where you should go for info on the event. Last year was pretty cool! Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify Technology Connections on Bluesky: https://bsky.app/profile/techconnectify.bsky.social This channel is supported through viewer contributions on Patreon. Thanks to the generous support of…

Old HVAC industry practices are holding us back and costing us money. But we can fix it.

From Technology Connections. More Pumping More Now Looking for that condensed version? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hAuKtoRxJI Links ‘n’ stuff: How heat pumps actually work: https://youtu.be/7J52mDjZzto The video I did on home electrification: https://youtu.be/CVLLNjSLJTQ Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify Technology Connections on Bluesky: https://bsky.app/profile/techconnectify.bsky.social This channel is supported through viewer contributions on Patreon. Thanks to the generous support of…

Flash photography used to be pretty wild

From Technology Connections. I see spots. Many thanks to Gav @theslowmoguys for making this video possible! Links ‘n Stuff: If you haven’t seen that video of the speed of glass, go do that now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIMVge5TYz4 My Photography playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv0jwu7G_DFV6yW240e6CbiwCLaZ0Z6PV Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify (I’m also trying out BlueSky on the same handle, if you’ve…

The step-by-step, mechanical logic of old pinball machines

From Technology Connections. ch ch ch ch ka CHUNK ch ch ka-CLACK-Y bomp The last video: https://youtu.be/ue-1JoJQaEg Other videos of electromechanical marvels: https://youtu.be/NmGaXEmfTIo https://youtu.be/o1qRzKuskK0 Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify (I’m also trying out BlueSky on the same handle, if you’ve managed to get invited there) This channel is supported through viewer contributions on Patreon. Thanks…

LED Christmas lights still annoy me. Let’s try some more fixes.

From Technology Connections. (sigh) here we go again Links! If you’re interested in checking on Tru-Tone: https://tru-tone.com/ That one where I made those IKEA lamps better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed8QTKtLxKs Videos from years past: https://youtu.be/cQgcTkXacAc https://youtu.be/ebkD6DzZDlA https://youtu.be/PBFPJ3_6ZWs Oh right, I did one on neon flicker flame lamps, too https://youtu.be/nyYjnV99wfM And bubble lights! https://youtu.be/5un4DdKQZvs Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify…

What’s the deal with the popcorn button?

From Technology Connections. Try it. You know you want to. Referenced Videos: The Antique Microwave Oven that’s Better than Yours https://youtu.be/UiS27feX8o0 And the follow-up to that one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBD1NyabTt4 The Clapper https://youtu.be/TBPVJtGBf8Y Technology Connextras (the second channel where I put stuff sometimes) https://www.youtube.com/@TechnologyConnextras Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify (I’m also trying out BlueSky on the same…

The Clapper: Yes, that one.

From Technology Connections. Oh boy! You should give Tedium a look, by the way. Lots of cool stuff there: https://tedium.co/ Technology Connextras (the second channel where I put stuff sometimes) https://www.youtube.com/@TechnologyConnextras Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify This channel is supported through viewer contributions on Patreon. Thanks to the generous support of people like you, Technology…

Back-up beepers: Obnoxious, but getting better – and spreading!

From Technology Connections. BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP Technology Connextras (the second channel where I put stuff sometimes) https://www.youtube.com/@TechnologyConnextras Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify This channel is supported through viewer contributions on Patreon. Thanks to the generous support of people like you, Technology Connections has remained independent and possible. If you’d like to join the…

Old pinball machines are amazingly complex

From Technology Connections. Shoot for the magic trunk! PART 2: https://youtu.be/E3p_Cv32tEo Technology Connextras (the second channel where I put stuff sometimes) https://www.youtube.com/@TechnologyConnextras Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify This channel is supported through viewer contributions on Patreon. Thanks to the generous support of people like you, Technology Connections has remained independent and possible. If you’d like…

Power outlets are topsy turvy – but does it matter?

From Technology Connections. The answer may surprise you! Here’s that follow-up I talked about at the end https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmKL3pgPQhY Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify This channel is supported through viewer contributions on Patreon. Thanks to the generous support of people like you, Technology Connections has remained independent and possible. If you’d like to join the amazing…

Photoelectric light controls are weirder than they seem

From Technology Connections. I had no idea that’s what’s going on inside. Technology Connextras (my second channel where stuff goes sometimes) https://www.youtube.com/@TechnologyConnextras Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify This channel is supported through viewer contributions on Patreon. Thanks to the generous support of people like you, Technology Connections has remained independent and possible. If you’d like…

Tesla won the plug war – and that’s good news!

From Technology Connections. A surprisingly good series of events have unfolded, and this video is my mea culpa. Also, Sorry, John! Links ‘n’ stuff Here’s a playlist to all of my EV-related videos. Please ignore the bits where I confidently state Tesla’s connector is silly. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv0jwu7G_DFV47UBHArs6fiwVHvstp9ja Technology Connextras (my second channel where stuff goes sometimes)…

Longer-lasting light bulbs: it was complicated

From Technology Connections. It’s a hot topic. Oh, wanna learn about high pressure sodium lamps? Have I got a video for you. https://youtu.be/U1dMlVwUsrA What about that weird fluorescent adapter thingy? https://youtu.be/JFJO3emhOyY Technology Connextras (my second channel where stuff goes sometimes) https://www.youtube.com/@TechnologyConnextras Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify This channel is supported through viewer contributions on Patreon.…

This goofy fridge has a really clever design. It’s also kinda terrible.

From Technology Connections. Seriously. Sometimes it’s not worth having so much information. Here’s that video I mentioned of Big Clive’s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZTfYqgYExY Technology Connextras (my second channel where stuff goes sometimes) https://www.youtube.com/@TechnologyConnextras Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify This channel is supported through viewer contributions on Patreon. Thanks to the generous support of people like you, Technology…

Digital audio needed videotape to be possible – and the early days were wild!

From Technology Connections. The history here is wild! Links ‘n’ stuff: Oh, here’s the mentioned link before I forget: https://www.kenrockwell.com/audio/sony/pcm-f1.htm Techmoan’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVDCxTtn4OQ LGR’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUS0Zv2APjU Technology Connextras (my second channel where stuff goes sometimes) https://www.youtube.com/@TechnologyConnextras Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify The TC Subreddit https://www.reddit.com/r/technologyconnections This channel is supported through viewer contributions on Patreon. Thanks…

Sony Betacam: Not the Beta you’re thinking of (it’s way better)

From Technology Connections. This discussion is long-overdue. Links ‘n’ stuff: Looking for more info on the format war? Check out this playlist (there’s other goodies in it, too!) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv0jwu7G_DFUrcyMYAkUPODENwP4gYCmf What about the whole television saga? https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv0jwu7G_DFUGEfwEl0uWduXGcRbT7Ran Technology Connextras (my second channel where stuff goes sometimes) https://www.youtube.com/@TechnologyConnextras Technology Connections on Mastodon: https://mas.to/@TechConnectify The TC Subreddit https://www.reddit.com/r/technologyconnections…

Critical Program Reading (1975) – 16mm Film

From Technology Connections. This is a 16mm film titled "Critical Program Reading" I applied some color correction as this is very faded. Mostly this worked well but there are some magenta backgrounds that are… intense! Little information is known about this film. Credits are very incomplete, and there was no information left in the film…