22 thoughts on “Custom Logo Display Pushes Nixie Tube Technology

        1. Being too successful for their own good. That inevitably brings at helm opportunists who don’t care about the (original) mission. If you like doing what you do, never aim for the riches. Perhaps the contemporary popularity of open source is a reaction to rampant predatory investment. Passive defense.

    1. My dad worked for agilent before it went off to Marvell. Now an engineer myself it’s funny to realize what an incredible company it was. All I remember is the cool devices he would bring home and the pinball machine in one of the labs with all the oscopes.

  1. Frustrating that the beauty shots are all extreme close-ups and don’t show the full thing while it’s switching between the two words, but this is really awesome. But seriously, move the camera back at least just once.

  2. Pushes technology because some corporate chest-beating exercise, using 1960s tech worked?
    As an article, it was interesting enough to complain about, but it’s not why I read Hackaday.

    1. There’s literally no expectation anywhere that articles here should push the frontiers of technology. If they only published articles about amateur projects that tread truly unprecedented ground, then there would be no articles.

    2. The value in the project was that he was using cathodes that weren’t simple solid cutouts, and covered a large amount of area. This was a significant challenge, and I would even say, a contribution to the state of the art, such as it is. Keep in mind that vacuum tube (and low-pressure gas tube) technology was NEVER in the domain of individual craftsmen, so it is a contribution just in the fact that it pushes what can be built in a home shop. And I don’t recall EVER seeing gas tubes that used this type of cathodes, so it could be a contribution to the art, without qualification. But also, the fact that the technology was stagnant for several decades just means that industry abandoned it before it got easy enough for individuals to do.

      Would you begrudge someone who’s making integrated circuits in their shop, because it isn’t on a 20 nanometer scale? “State of the art” means different things on an industrial vs. a craft scale.

    3. Why is it that every nagging commenter believes that their idea of what is a good or a bad article is the golden standard and everyone else must conform to what they believe? Have you ever considered that your opinion is just that, an opinion and neither fact nor law? If you don’t like an article then fine don’t read it, but commenting about how it’s below you somehow or doesn’t meet your standards doesn’t add any value.

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