Geek Heaven – HSC Electronic Supply

HSC Electronic Supply of Santa Clara,
California is geek heaven. The better-known
Fry’s Electronics is a pale shadow in
comparison (Fry’s
sells steam irons and manila folders as well as motherboards). According to the
New York Times in their 4 February 2009 article
“A Haven for Spare Parts Lives On in Silicon Valley”
, by Ashlee Vance:

      “For close to 50 years, Halted has supplied the do-it-yourself electronics enthusiasts so common in Silicon Valley with just about anything they could imagine. Like the many electronics stores once populating the area, Halted helped turn entrepreneurs’ inklings into huge success stories. These days, however, Halted caters more to hobbyists than titans of industry because much of the fundamental computing manufacturing has moved to Asia… Apple’s co-founders, Steven P. Jobs and Stephen Wozniak, shopped at Halted, hunting down parts for their first products.”

My husband,
John Plocher
and I were at HSC the other day looking for parts
for his HO-scale model train layout. If you like putting together your
own electronics, you will be happy at Halted.

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Images Copyright 2009 by Katy Dickinson

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One response to “Geek Heaven – HSC Electronic Supply

  1. Wow, that place is awesome! Here in Pittsburgh we don’t even have Fry’s so next time I am out in CA I will definitely have to pay them a visit!

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