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Bob Parker
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Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:39 am   



Hi Don,

By sheer coincidence I just realised that I can access newsgroups from the NBN via Google (my new ISP has no news server). Sorry to hear that you're winding up Dontronics. I've bought a few things from you and had some interesting discussions over the years.

Good luck in your post-Dontronics future!

Don McKenzie
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Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:17 am   



On 21/02/2018 2:39 PM, Bob Parker wrote:
Quote:
Hi Don,

By sheer coincidence I just realised that I can access newsgroups from the NBN via Google (my new ISP has no news server). Sorry to hear that you're winding up Dontronics. I've bought a few things from you and had some interesting discussions over the years.

Good luck in your post-Dontronics future!


Hi Bob, yes good to hear from you again, and thanks for the business over the years.

I had some very good years, but can't keep going forever. We are catching up on family and doing a bit of traveling
these days.

I hear that Maplin in the UK is going under. Lots of customers owing money, and they can't find a buyer.

I never gave anyone credit, so I can walk away from this business fairly easily.
By the same token, I never owed anyone money. I think I was virtually unique from this point of view.

Cheers Don...


--
Don McKenzie

https://www.shop-dontronics.com

Ian Field
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Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:45 pm   



"Don McKenzie" <5V_at_2.5A> wrote in message
news:fenb83F8o6tU1_at_mid.individual.net...
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Dontronics Closure

Hi all,

I believe I was the second company on the web selling Electronic kits,
beaten only by my friend Peter Crowcroft (DIY Electronics HK), who passed
away in 2006.

I know I pioneered a lot of new Internet concepts such as online payments
that are commonplace today. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia treated me
like an alien initially.

I assisted the Australian Tax Office with the introduction of the GST tax
laws, as they had no idea what the web was about, and didn't comprehend
the variety of global transactions that could be done.

I will be closing Dontronics down, and have a tentative closure date at
this stage of the 30th of June 2018.

At 75 years of age, it is really getting beyond me. After being in
business since 1964, I have to shut down as my two daughters don't have an
electronics background, and have other business interests they wish to
pursue.

I wish to get rid of all stock by this date. Many items are currently
heavily discounted.

In the last two years, I have greatly reduced the range and stock levels
on products, so I don't have large stock levels. I have a lot of
connectors and header pins, etc., that would suit microcontroller projects
and am open to offers on bulk orders on these.

Cheers Don...


Apparently Maplin has just gone down the gurgler in the UK.


Guest

Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:45 pm   



Hi Don,
Just wanted to say, I still have my DT001 Rev C board (1997) and a bunch of its accessory boards. I learned a lot from assembling and programming them.
Good luck and thanks for all you've done.
Best regards,
Tim

Don McKenzie
Guest

Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:45 pm   



Hi Tim,

thanks very much for your kind words.

It is very pleasing to hear feed back on my efforts over the years.

I remember when this Newsgroup platform started, (for me around 1993) and yes I was able to advertise right here. It was
not only well received, but most welcomed. As the years progressed, it suddenly became spam, and I can understand why.
Of course it finally destroyed the newsgroup and brought them down to what they are today.

I founded many groups including the Australian Electronics web ring, and the very first AVR user group, about a month
after the first AVR 1200 device was released.

I estimate that I provided close to 4000 technical answers to people seeking information on Electronics in this group,
and the aus.computers group.

It was a lot of fun, but nothing is forever. Again thank you.

Cheers Don...




On 10/06/2018 12:00 AM, geogriff99_at_gmail.com wrote:
Quote:
Hi Don,
Just wanted to say, I still have my DT001 Rev C board (1997) and a bunch of its accessory boards. I learned a lot from assembling and programming them.
Good luck and thanks for all you've done.
Best regards,
Tim



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Don McKenzie

https://www.shop-dontronics.com
https://www.shop-dontronics.com/Dontronics-Box-of-Goodies

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