[SATLUG] Re: Altex website

Tom Weeks tweeksjunk2 at theweeks.org
Sat Feb 2 21:25:48 CST 2008


On Saturday 02 February 2008 19:38:54 Matt Grooms wrote:
> The eBay alter ego for our beloved Altex Electronics is Jax Electronics:
> http://stores.ebay.com/Jax-Electronics
>
> "Jax" is the same Jack I referred to in the mini-history of Altex; shared
> with the group by Tom Weeks. He's alive and well, trying to fill orders on
> whatever electronic goodies he has available.

Thanks for sharing Matt.. And thanks for the detailed write up back in 
2005. :)

Tweeks


> Matt Grooms - San Antonio
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: satlug-bounces at satlug.org [mailto:satlug-bounces at satlug.org] On
> > Behalf Of Alan Lesmerises Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 6:34 PM
> > To: The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List
> > Subject: Re: [SATLUG] Re: Altex website
> >
> > Before the Atex store on Broadway shut down for good, the guy I talked
> > to told me that they intended to still be selling stuff over the
> > Internet (eBay?).  I don't know what their web address is (was), but it
> > may be worth a look ...
> >
> > Ernest De Leon wrote:
> > > It's cool that you bring up Atex and Rheinert.  He was the main reason
> > > that I always went to that place.  Way way back in the day when I used
> > > to work on car audio/security, I would get all of my supplies there
> > > (resistors, diodes, switches, capacitors, heat shrink, solder, etc). 
> > > Once I moved into the realm of hacking console hardware, I would get my
> > > mod chips from Canada and still went to Atex for all of the supplies to
> > > install them.  I remember the last time I went there and drove up to an
> > > abandoned building.  That was one of the bleakest days in my life. 
> > > Radioshack lost it's reputation a very long time ago as a geek haven,
> > > and now they just sell crap.  I've been to InterTex a few times when I
> > > needed something real fast, but now adays I just order all of the
> > > components I need from Mouser (mouser.com)  The gradual change from
> > > electronics that needed 'repair' to 'expendable' ones was the eventual
> > > death knell of the electronic component stores.  Along with
> > > convenience, we included tons of un-needed waste and a society that
> > > doesn't know what quality is anymore.  It's truly a sad time.
> > >
> > > On Jan 31, 2008 1:05 PM, Tom Weeks <tweeksjunk2 at theweeks.org> wrote:
> > >> On Thursday 31 January 2008 10:38:51 scs at worldlinkisp.com wrote:
> > >>> I've dealt with Altex since they were on Sunset, and
> > >>> find them a blessing, especially the N.W store for
> > >>> those impromptu occasions when I need, or want,
> > >>> something right away to complete a project.  The
> > >>> current 46 mile round trip is a breeze compared to
> > >>> 281N or the early 1980s when I used to drive to
> > >>> Richardson and Plano for computer parts.
> > >>>
> > >>> Yes their prices are higher, but so is their floor
> > >>> space and cost of doing business, and extensive
> > >>> inventory. ACS is cheaper, but their floor space and
> > >>> personnel is lower and selection limited.
> > >>>
> > >>> The one I really miss is Atex for electronic
> > >>> components and hardware, built many a test fixture
> > >>> and ATE interface with their parts, and saved customers
> > >>> a lot of money not having to buy a gross of fasteners
> > >>> and standoffs, when only a dozen were needed for the job.
> > >>
> > >> Here here.. I really loved the Altex (aka "A_Tex") over off Gulfdale..
> > >> Especially that little guru German engineer Rheinert.  He was always
> > >> there for me when I had a circuit design question or needed someone to
> > >> bounce an uber technical question off of.  They are sadly missed.  For
> > >> the full historical story of AlTex on Gulfdale and what became of
> > >> them, see this XCSSA
> > >> post from 2006 by our local electronics historical guru Matt Grooms:
> > >>        http://xcssa.org/pipermail/xcssa/2006-July/003771.html
> > >>
> > >> Now I'm not talking about PC parts here, but if you need electronic
> > >> components, soldering gear, test gear, etc... the only place in town
> > >> that comes remotely close to the old Gulfdale Altex is InterTex
> > >> Electronics, spawned off from the old ATex crew 8-9 years ago:
> > >>        http://www.intertexelectronics.com/
> > >>        http://tinyurl.com/38c7pk
> > >>        (at I10 and Hilderbrand)
> > >>
> > >> Hope that helps..
> > >>
> > >> Tweeks
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