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simon7000 5th April 2013 05:17 PM

Digikey Swag!
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Attached is a picture of actual Digikey Swag! Showed up two days ago, out of the blue.

Does that mean I am buying too much stuff? They did change my customer number many years back so I don't think they realize how long I have been buying from them.

They started out as a magazine add you ripped out and checked off the boxes of what you wanted!

Pano 5th April 2013 06:00 PM

That is extremely cool. Yes, I think you've been buying too much. :)

Tubelab_com 6th April 2013 02:30 AM

I guess I don't buy enough any more. I'm feeling left out. They also changed my customer number a few years ago, but I have had the same mailing address for 36 years, and have bought from them longer than that.


They started out as a magazine add you ripped out and checked off the boxes of what you wanted!
I remember ordering from a small catalog that had about 10 pages of mostly surplus TTL chips when we built home computers in the mid 70's. They gave the catalogs out at the local computer shop that was DIY friendly (don't remember the name). It was not the Byte Shop, they just wanted to sell me an Apple 1 computer. I ordered a SWTPC 6800 kit from the other shop in the mid 70's and designed expansion boards for it. My first kit company was DMA engineering, making SS-50 bus memory and video boards. I remember the Digikey ads in Kilobaud Microcomputing magazine, but don't remember the check boxes. JDR Microdevices did have tear out pages, and Jameco had Jim Paks of parts in the computer store. Allied has been around since I was a kid, but almost dissapeared when Radio Shack took over. Lafayette and Olson (I worked there) have been long gone.

I thought this was the beginnings of Digikey, but I met an old guy at a hamfest that had one of the original Digikey products. It was an electronics kit with a simple single sided PC board and about 5 TTL chips. It was a DIGItal KEYer for a ham radio rig, hence the company name.

It used digital chips to establish the dot to dash ratio in Morse code transmission, which made for easier reception at the other end, and allowed for automatic "paddle" keying. Previous paddles were mechanical.

simon7000 6th April 2013 12:52 PM

The keyer was the start of it all.

Mark Johnson 6th April 2013 01:22 PM

I got those too. The fur wasn't attached very firmly and clumps of it had already fallen off before I opened the box.

I'll bet they only sent these to a relatively small number of customers, randomly selected from lists of current purchasers.

simon7000 6th April 2013 05:17 PM

Mine were a well made size 7!

soundchaser001 6th April 2013 06:02 PM

Wear them like a badge of honour!

simon7000 7th April 2013 03:11 PM

Thank you I will as soon as my feet shrink :)

godfrey 7th April 2013 03:16 PM

Your feet?

Aren't you supposed to go on a quest now, to find the princess who fits the slippers?

kenpeter 7th April 2013 04:01 PM

Damn, and after I spent $130 on a pair of Red Wings static dissipative shoes.
Them white "Gator" clodhoppers our company provides, just don't breathe.

If this is the official footwear that TI wants contract manufacturers of their
EVMs built with parts from Digikey to wear, I think they owe me a pair!

We have to step on an ESD tester in the morning and again after lunch,
I am doubtful that fuzzy slipper is going to fare too well...

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