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Old 02-15-2015, 03:51 PM   #29
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I think the personal computer and subsequently, the internet. It's scary how important to me are my computer or android device operating as a computer, i.e., a phablet. I'm 65.
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No doubt about it... Decent boxed wine. Have a glass anytime you want without Either drinking the entire bottle or spoiling the rest.
Who ever invented that should get a Nobel prize!

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Old 02-15-2015, 06:04 PM   #31
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Jay;


Sounds likes a man after my own mind set.


But, I would go with the Bikini, and for a close second, the thumb wheel delay box.


70 years or so


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Old 02-15-2015, 06:09 PM   #32
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Birth control pill, it allowed me to have enough money to buy all the stuff above.
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:56 PM   #33
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Medical device advancements. Between my 3 stents and my insulin pump with a continues glucose monitor as part of it I'm still alive. Without these two I'd been dead at least 5-10 years ago, as were most of my Uncles.

Computers were a great world changing invention but their use was not fully realized until the internet became so readily accessible.

Since I am alive today knowledge is key to living better and the internet has provided EASY access to that knowledge base and a lot of entertainment at your fingertips.

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I happily agree, medical advancements are the most important to me. I'm still kicking after quadruple bypass surgery in '04, cancer surgery in '10 (2 more years and I'll be officially a cancer survivor), and 2 Xtra long stents in Sep. '13.
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:08 PM   #35
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The Thermos!!
I know, all it does it keep hot stuff hot and cold stuff cold. But, how do it know???
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I just thought about another one The Cordless Phone
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I am 65 and I would say integrated circuits as well. I got to work at Texas Instruments for 40 years doing geometric layout for integrated circuits. Did chips for calculators, cell phones, cameras, televison, and various medical equipment.

I enjoyed it so much that after retiring from TI (2011) I started doing contract layout (medical chips) for a university in Spain.
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Best invention in my lifetime? The OFF button! 78.
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Did not inow Shockley worked for Western Electric / AT&T at Allentoen, Pa.
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Did not inow Shockley worked for Western Electric / AT&T at Allentoen, Pa.
Many great & wonderful discoveries, but best of all has to be my DW. 73 each.
Who invented the transistor?
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The Motorola folks went to Arizona due to heat to build the factory.

The engineers went shopping to look for ideas on how to automate the process and observed someone trying to sell a sewing machine and when they saw the zig-zag stitch they were sold.

They modified it to pickup transistor part from one place and stick it into the paper rolls for packaging.

That was when real folks used their brains...
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Space travel. 54.

Face it: most of these other inventions wouldn't have happened (at least not as soon as they did) if not for the advances made through the US space program.
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