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I sometime get asked about the name “nixie tubes” used in the URL of this site. Nixies were used as numeric displays in early digital volt meters, multi-meters, frequency counters and many other types of technical equipment. They also appeared in costly digital time displays used in research and military establishments, and in many early electronic desktop , including the first: the Sumlock-Comptometer ANITA MK VII of 1961. Later alphanumeric versions in fourteen segment display format found use in airport arrival/departure signs and stock ticker displays.  Some elevators also used nixies to display the floor numbers.  Being a fan of obsolete technology it seemed appropriate. And now you know the rest of the story!

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