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TI Founder Dies
Posted by Michael on 18 April 2003, 01:11 GMT

Cecil Green, a founder of Texas Instruments, died last week at age 102. In addition to his activities at TI, he was extremely involved in using his money to further education throughout the world. TI has issued a press release.

 


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Re: TI Founder Dies
dduardo

I heard they put his ashes in a ti-89 and buried it.

     18 April 2003, 01:42 GMT


Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
lord_nightrose Account Info
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Very doubtful. The volume of ash produced by a human body would be too large for even an empty TI-89 shell.

     18 April 2003, 09:33 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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I didn't believe it, because
1) WHERE did he hear it
2) Why didn't anybody else hear it?
and now I have a third reason.

     18 April 2003, 18:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
Michael O'Brien  Account Info
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One of my teachers told me a few hours before this news was posted.

     18 April 2003, 18:37 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
Rob van Wijk  Account Info

What did he tell you, that he died, or that he was buried in an 89? (I'd assume the first, but since you reply to that other post...)

     24 April 2003, 15:01 GMT

Re: TI Founder Dies
Charlemagne  Account Info
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If we knew when he died, we could have a moment of silence every year for him...?

     18 April 2003, 01:46 GMT


Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
Frank A. Nothaft  Account Info
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No. I think that that would be too hard to implement.

     18 April 2003, 02:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Yeah, with different time zones and everything.

     18 April 2003, 03:14 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
lord_nightrose Account Info
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No, I think primarily it would be too stupid. The guy was nobody important. None of us had ever heard of him before. He just founded a company. We don't have moments of silence on the anniversary of Ford or Edison's deaths, even though their influence was much stronger.

     7 May 2003, 19:11 GMT

Re: TI Founder Dies
W Hibdon  Account Info

Woah, man. This hits deep. It would be like Michel Jordan dying for a basketball player.

For those who cannot make the connection: When you hear basketball one of the players that come to mind is MJ. He is, or rather was, baiscally the most impt. figure of bb. Cecil Green, is, or rather was, the most impt figure of TI.

(please forgive me for that last bit, I had to)

-W-

     18 April 2003, 01:58 GMT


Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
Nicholas Uhland  Account Info

Man, he still is the most important. Maybe not the most important living person, though.

     20 April 2003, 05:44 GMT

Re: TI Founder Dies
Ti-89_Coder Account Info

Wow. That is sad. Still, 102 years is a long life, so he was probably ready. One question tho... I'm assuming that TI didn't make graphing calcs 102 years ago (um, yeah), so what _did_ they make? Anybody know?

     18 April 2003, 02:19 GMT

Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
Ti-89_Coder Account Info

My mistake... What did TI make _52_ years ago?

     18 April 2003, 02:23 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
rmohr02 Account Info
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I believe Texas Instruments built the first transistor.

     18 April 2003, 14:26 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
slimey_limey  Account Info
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No, that was Bell Labs. Maybe TI made (and sold) the first /commercial/ transistor.

     18 April 2003, 16:27 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
Drantin  Account Info

I'm pretty sure it was the Integrated Circuit

     18 April 2003, 17:37 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
343GuiltySpark  Account Info
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They assembled electronics, I think. Then, during World War II, they went into sonar equipment. Right now, their main products are DSP products.

     19 April 2003, 01:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
rmohr02 Account Info
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Yes, it was the integrated circuit--I got a couple companies/inventions i learned in one of my EE courses mixed up.

     19 April 2003, 04:16 GMT

Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
scott_shortonideas Account Info
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it said he was 102 years old, not he had been making calculators for 102 years.

     18 April 2003, 02:23 GMT

Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
taydawg2003

didn't ti make computer parts?

     18 April 2003, 02:52 GMT

Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
William Heaton  Account Info

no one was making computer parts 100 years ago.

     18 April 2003, 03:52 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
C-14Physicist  Account Info
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no one was founding companies at the age of 2

     18 April 2003, 05:34 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
slimey_limey  Account Info
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Charles Babbage, Herman Hollerith.

Well, Babbage was about 150 years ago, and Hollerith was 90 ywars ago, but at least I've bracketed it.

     18 April 2003, 16:28 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
Tacvek  Account Info

>didn't ti make computer parts?
Kindof. Ti did and still does design circuits. Scince those are the basic parts of a computer, i would say your stament is valid, even though i don't know that that is what those circuits were used for.

     18 April 2003, 03:55 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
RCTParRoThEaD_ Account Info
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open up any appliance and you will probably find at least one TI component.

     18 April 2003, 05:04 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
rmohr02 Account Info
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A very good assumption, though I'd have to say "one element invented by Texas Instruments"--the patents on some of them have expired and other companies have started making the kinds of things TI makes.

     19 April 2003, 04:18 GMT


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angelboy  Account Info
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open up any appliance and you'll find UL's logo on almost every product (except for TI). GO UL!!!

     21 April 2003, 02:18 GMT


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garyanddepleatedteamup  Account Info

ul is a testing/certification company.... not silicon you idiot :)

     21 April 2003, 17:08 GMT


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angelboy  Account Info
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But you'll still find their logo.
BTW, do you <me>really</me> own all of those calculators?

     22 April 2003, 22:06 GMT


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no_one_2000_  Account Info
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<me>?

I've often wondered the same thing... I always thought that people just said they had a lot to look cool... I'm back to having one. *cry*

     23 April 2003, 00:54 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
smartguy8  Account Info

A computer is basically a machine or device that computes data (PC, calc, abacus...). In a broad sense you have a handheld computer everyday in class (you don't even get in trouble for it, it's just a calc.)

     19 April 2003, 06:37 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
Pedro Silva  Account Info
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actually, TI makes PC components like PCMCIA drives like those found on Laptops and makes chipsets used in motherboards, these chipsets may be Flash memory, RAM, ou microprocessors or simply transistors...

     19 April 2003, 23:47 GMT


Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
ac  Account Info

Ti started out making SLIDE RULES!! OMG, yes, those things before calculators. Then, there was an 'electronic slide rule' (Ti-16, I think). And, then, a calculator. The rest is history.

     18 April 2003, 13:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
BlackThunder  Account Info
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Somehow, I doubt that.

"electronic slide rule"
If it did exist, it's a waste of electricity.

"TI-16"
There's no such thing as a TI-16. There is, however, a TI-15, which is a clear blue scientific calculator with some cool features.

     20 April 2003, 00:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
rmohr02 Account Info
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Yes, an "electronic slide rule" would be a waste of electricity. TI invented the integrated circuit, and using a few ICs you can make a binary adder without too much trouble.

     20 April 2003, 01:40 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TI Founder Dies
Rob van Wijk  Account Info

Maybe he doesn't mean an actual slide rule with an actuator on it. TI just might have called their first calc an "electronic slide rule" so people would know what they mean. Remember that for a long time, "calculator" was not a piece of hardware, it was a job.

     24 April 2003, 15:16 GMT

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