[SATLUG] Re: Altex website

Alan Lesmerises alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Thu Jan 31 18:33:49 CST 2008

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
>> 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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