1996 - 2016
BSEE - KB3UON
RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling 2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit design engineer. The Internet was still largely an unknown entity at the time and not much was available in the form of WYSIWYG ...
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Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted thought or
reflection; meditation; contemplation.
Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.
Many computer firms code-name their products, particularly during development to protect secrecy. SGI (Silicon Graphics), for example, used beer names, and would donate free beer to employee functions for the duration of the product's development cycle. In the early 1980s, Apple computer started naming its computers after people, beginning with Steve Jobs naming the predecessor to the Macintosh after his daughter, Lisa. During development of the Power Macintosh 7100, they chose the internal code name "Sagan", in deference to astronomer Carl Sagan. Much to Apple's surprise, Sagan threatened a lawsuit of - $billions and $billions...(he must have been PC user). Shocked and angry at the lack of gratitude, the code name was renamed "Butthead Astronomer." Carl followed on with a libel lawsuit, claiming that the "butthead astronomer" moniker is defamatory and subjects him to "hatred, contempt, ridicule, and obloquy." Carl has since assumed cosmos temperature.