[LINK] RIP Sandy Douglas

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Wed May 5 11:05:34 AEST 2010

David Lochrin wrote:
> Aaarrrrr.....  I remember the "electronic brain" meself, and the Strasbourg Clock, and the Plastic Woman (admission only when accompanied by an adult).  It was a time of innocence & wonder.
> Maybe the Powerhouse should dig out some of these items and display them as things which inspired our parents & grandparents.  Children now have no sense of perspective, I say!!!

The Strasbourg clock has pride of place in the foyer of the
Powerhouse museum further down Harris St)....which is a
fabulous museum for young and old. Their displays include
steam engines lots of buttons to push on displays, clothes and
household items as well as a number of Australian Inventions:-
the wine cask, hills hoist, black box flight recorder and
probably the plastic woman and maybe the "electronic brain".

And from the Sydney Observatory a part of the Powerhouse
> nitially, Dr O'Sullivan was working with the CSIRO and at Parkes Radio Telescope looking for the radio signals from exploding black holes. Later while working on the development of the Australia Telescope he looked at the ?multipath? problem ? the interference caused by reflected radio waves that slows network speeds. He and his team found a way to accelerate them by splitting radio channels apart, making wireless about five times faster.
> This discovery evolved into what we now know as Wi-Fi technology, that allows millions of different computers, phones, games consoles and other information devices to share information in new and easy ways.

David Lochrin also wrote:
> BTW, the Technological Museum was associated with the old Institute of Technology, which operated in the buildings behind the museum now occupied by TAFE.  And the Institute was the antecedent of the present University of Technology Sydney (UTS).  This whole area is developing into an educational hub, with the ABC opposite UTS in Harris Street, and Sydney Univ. just down Parramatta Road.

Yes the ABC has finally consolidated all their Sydney
operations into one site. Meanwhile, the other end of Harris
St is now a Media Hubb with Google, Fairfax and Seven at

The urban renewal starting with Darling harbour has
transformed the area a far cry from when I moved to Sydney in
1988 and lived in Harris St. I used to walk through Darling
Harbour to the ABC's  "MIS" department in Liverpool St - past a
hole in the ground which is now World Square.

Marghanita da Cruz
Tel: 0414-869202

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