Fwd: [ARROW-General-List] An amazing treasure trove of data, for free

Robert E. Seastrom rs at seastrom.com
Sat Oct 30 09:05:49 CDT 2010

Yeah, sadly the side is gawdawful slow.  I spidered the whole thing
though, so if you want a 39 gigabyte tarball, just let me know.


Dan Romanchik KB6NU <cwgeek at kb6nu.com> writes:

> Thought you guys might be interested in this.........73, Dan KB6NU
> Begin forwarded message:
>           From: STeve Andre' <[[andres at msu.edu]]>
>      Date: October 29, 2010 Oct 29 - 7:18PM EDT
>      To: "[[ARROW-General-List at yahoogroups.com]]" <[[ARROW-General-List at yahoogroups.com]]>
>      Subject: [ARROW-General-List] An amazing treasure trove of data, for free
>      I just found this. Perhaps others know about this, but I'm dumbfounded.
>      This is the Bell system tech journal, from 1922 to 1983, apparently
>      all of it.
>      It's at [[http://bstj.bell-labs.com/]]
>      "The scientific discoveries and technological innovations produced
>      by Bell System research and engineering were critical not only to
>      the evolution of global telecommunications but, more widely, they
>      had a considerable impact on the technological base of the global
>      economy and, indeed, on our daily lives.
>      Bell Labs is the source of many significant contributions, of course,
>      in the area of telephony, but also in memory devices, imaging
>      devices, system organization, computers and software technology,
>      as well as acoustics, optics, switching, transmission, wireless and
>      data communication. New principles, new materials, new devices, and
>      new systems from Bell Telephone Laboratories resulted in new
>      industries, hundreds of new products, and thousands of new jobs.
>      The invention of the transistor in 1947, and subsequent advances
>      in related solid-state device and circuit technology formed the
>      basis of a multibillion dollar global industry and ultimately enabled
>      the digital world. Shannon?s seminal paper titled "A Mathematical
>      Theory of Communication," published over 60 years ago, gave birth
>      to Information Theory and has stood as the guiding foundation for
>      communications scientists and engineers in their quest for faster,
>      more efficient, and more robust communications systems ever since.
>      The charge-coupled device (CCD), a technology that transforms
>      patterns of light into useful digital information, is the basis for
>      many forms of modern digital imaging. It has launched entirely new
>      industries and markets and is widely used in devices as diverse as
>      digital cameras, video cameras, and bar code readers as well as in
>      security monitoring, medical endoscopy, modern astronomy and video
>      conferencing. Optical technology and systems, from earliest advances
>      in lasers to low-loss fiber, opto-electronic waveguide devices, and
>      high capacity WDM transmission systems have enabled worldwide
>      connectivity to build a truly global community. Cellular telephone
>      service, the concept that multiple lower-power transmitters could
>      be spread throughout a region employing automatic call handoff and
>      frequency reuse changed the face of communications. Multiple input
>      multiple output (MIMO) smart antenna technology in concert with
>      LTE, based on OFDM technology, will define next generation wireless,
>      delivering wider coverage and higher throughput.
>      ?Technological innovation? is more than just invention. It is a
>      process, often long and costly, of transforming new scientific
>      knowledge into feasible technology, introducing it to use, and
>      making its benefits available to the public. ?Technical integration?
>      is intended to emphasize the more subtle flow of an intangible?engineering
>      information and understanding. Not only has Bell Labs innovated,
>      but it also showed the world technical integration of the innovations.
>      The Bell System Technical Journal was a key enabler for this
>      achievement.
>      With this posting of the Bell System Technical Journal from volume
>      1 issue 1 in July 1922 to the final issue published in December
>      1983, we are pleased to be able to open the vault of this knowledge
>      to our global technical colleagues."
>      Wow!
>      --STeve
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