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    Next time you think your computer is not good enough to suit you, think back to 1969...
    (credit to Lileks.com)

    “Machines don’t lie, Mindy. There is a seventy percent chance a bundt cake resides under that lid, and a 35 percent chance your hair is actually an exploded Jiffy Pop container painted black.”
    It’s the "brand new System / 370” machine, which, according to the cutline, had been approved for sale . . . by a judge. A U.S. District Court jurist had just ruled against Telex, who’d insisted that the computer would violate antitrust laws. (This is a long grim tale that makes "Bleak House" look like a Judge Judy episode.)
    Either the 370 sported a pen-based input system, or that guy’s so old-school he codes on the screen with a Sharpie. Note also how industrial design looks like the 2001-movie era of futuristic computers * and no matter how cool stuff looks, people still pile things on top of the devices.
    Also credit Lileks.com for text.
    Cool, hmmm?
    Last edited by tomsjeep; 06-12-2006, 03:29 PM.

  • #2
    tom, is that what your into? do you play with old giant computers in your spare time (spare time other than spare jeep time)?

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    • #3
      Nope, although that bundt cake looks pretty good.

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      • #4
        Tom, you didn't tell us you still have that old pic of yours...

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        • #5
          I guess I should have explained - for you whippersnappers - that all the equipment you see in the photo: cabinets, screen w/keyboard, and the magic box marked IBM constitutes this one computer.
          My workstation at home has many times the raw computing power, memory and storage space than this old dinosaur did.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by tomsjeep
            I guess I should have explained - for you whippersnappers - that all the equipment you see in the photo: cabinets, screen w/keyboard, and the magic box marked IBM constitutes this one computer.
            My workstation at home has many times the raw computing power, memory and storage space than this old dinosaur did.

            I still know those old computers, we had those in East Germany a tad longer in use. Those things were huge and I remember them placed in seperate buildings because they needed extra space for the storage mediums as well
            Well, guess my calculator runs those things out ;o)

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            • #7
              didnt they have huge cooling requirements too? i think it was the henry ford museam i was at they had a model that some guy built in the 50's to show what the home computer of 2000 would be like and it was a huge. giant display with 2 TVs and tons of buttons and switches and a giant wheel to turn for some reason. it was crazy.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by joshs1ofakindxj
                didnt they have huge cooling requirements too? i think it was the henry ford museam i was at they had a model that some guy built in the 50's to show what the home computer of 2000 would be like and it was a huge. giant display with 2 TVs and tons of buttons and switches and a giant wheel to turn for some reason. it was crazy.
                Yes, and even worse than you imagine. The whole room had to be specially air-conditioned, and they normally used specially elevated, anti-static floors with some funky rubber-tiled covering.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tomsjeep
                  Yes, and even worse than you imagine. The whole room had to be specially air-conditioned, and they normally used specially elevated, anti-static floors with some funky rubber-tiled covering.
                  Yeah, those were the first ACs I have seen in Eastern Germany and except some fancy hotels the only ones we had around... oh, I thought that just because our guys were pretty good at plastic/rubber technology that they put those floors in...

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                  • #10
                    Yay for vacuum tubes and punch cards!

                    (Thank God for semiconductors and sub micron die technology...)

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