[ RadSafe ] Re: End of an Era

Dimiter Popoff didi at tgi-sci.com
Mon Mar 5 17:41:15 CST 2007

> I hate Windows programs. I wish that scientific instrument  
> manufacturers would provide linux software at a minimum.

Not many do, it is so easy to make some software under
windows which _looks_ like a decent instrument without
having (to pay for) much expertise. By the moment the user finds
out how cumbersome any windows based device is (how long it
takes to boot, how often windows goes out for lunch with
the hard disk etc.) it is too late, they have bought it.

In todays world, users expect transparent internet
access to their equipment; making this independently
(i.e. without having a PC, windows or linux based) takes
more resources than most equipment manufacturers have.

And how many can deliver a device not only networkable,
but usable without needing a wintel PC, with its own OS and
everything... I can count up to 1 so far :-).


Dimiter Popoff               Transgalactic Instruments


> From: Jeff Terry <terryj at iit.edu>
> Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] End of an Era
> Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 12:53:18 -0600
> To: radsafelist <radsafe at radlab.nl>
> Actually, this really is a shame. I hope that some of them make the  
> move down to Ludlum. This has been in the works for some time now. If  
> anyone needs backup manuals for older instruments, the time to ask is  
> now.
> I hate Windows programs. I wish that scientific instrument  
> manufacturers would provide linux software at a minimum.
> I guess that loss on knowledge is one of dangers of selling out to  
> large multinational corporations.
> Jeff
> On Mar 5, 2007, at 11:39 AM, J. Marshall Reber wrote:
> > I've just heard that Thermo Electron (Eberline) is closing their  
> > Santa Fe operations.  All design, production, repair parts and  
> > service personnel there are being let go, many experts with more  
> > than 30 years of service will disappear.  R&D will move to Germany,  
> > repair service will all be done in South Carolina.
> >
> > Throw out your little screwdrivers - - - future instrument  
> > adjustment and calibrations will all be done by Windows program  
> > interaction.  Digitize your thought processes or become out-of- 
> > date!  All analog circuitry will be done by digital emulation.   
> > People replaced by robots - - - where will it end?  Oh the  
> > humanity, the humanity!!!
> >
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