||01-13-14 03:18 AM
Originally Posted by B. Carfree
My family's lore has it that cousin Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of the television, actually envisioned it as a way to bring things like performances of the New York Philharmonic to the boonies. He was so bothered by what his invention was used for that he never did allow one into his own house.
He was bothered because Sarnoff chewed him over like anybody else who encountered RCA. Also a good point to bring up is that Farnswrth invented the ICONOSCOPE, not the CRT (an 1800s idea), not mechanically scanned television (which was even recorded on 10 inch discs at around 80 rpm in a commercial effort called Phonovision that failed because of a lack of a good synchronization scheme and had to be recreated with computer technology at the turn of this century) and also involved hot arc lighting and horrid makeup to make the Nipkow scanning wheel work well at all...mechanical television was in California before the Marconi system (British System A, 405 lines at 50 frames) was adopted and Farnsworth's system was only producing 343 lines at the time if I recall correctly..
Smart as a whip, Utah/Idaho boy, did a lot to advance electronic television but was run over by RCA Victor and Philco.
I can't tell you a lot about derailleurs though.