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#1 rowal5555

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 05:48 AM

Back in 1954, when a computer was the size of a house and the transistor wasn't in general use, this was Rand's dream personal computer for 2004.
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Posted 12 December 2006 - 07:49 AM

OMG I think that thing is bigger than my apartment!! :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 03:33 PM

well as you can see it wasn't well thought out for gaming. With the monitor angle so far from the steering and joysitck. :thumbsup:
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Posted 12 December 2006 - 06:40 PM

well as you can see it wasn't well thought out for gaming. With the monitor angle so far from the steering and joysitck. :flowers:

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 04:12 AM

To me it looks like a control room for a Nuclear Power Station,rowal5555.

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It was not uncommon in those early days for these Computers to be 40 feet long,6 feet wide and 10 feet tall.
Some of these early computers often weighed around 7 tons. :thumbsup:

The worlds fastest multi-purpose non commercial super computer was unveiled on Oct16 this year at the US Dept of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory.With a top operating speed of 600 Billion calculations/sec.Awsome.Designed for use in physics calculations.

When compared to the latest commercial super Computers, it only ranks in 12th place.
I agree Rand would be amazed and also a proud man.IMHO.

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 05:26 AM

It's incredible how we went from something sooooo huge to carrying it in our pockets!!

I agree Rand would definately be impressed. :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 05:41 AM

But what are the steering wheels for?
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Posted 14 December 2006 - 04:04 PM

But what are the steering wheels for?
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To hang on to when you first start it up?!!! :thumbsup:
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Posted 14 December 2006 - 05:13 PM

Don't know about starting up those huge things :thumbsup: , but do remember being instructed to remove my watch and all other metal objects prior to entering the 'computer room', back in the late 1960s. And I remember 4 men being our 'computer wizards' and literally each one would leave the room at the end of the day with their hair standing up in tufts - guess it must have been hell to keep those things running back then!
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Posted 15 December 2006 - 05:46 AM

To me it looks like a control room for a Nuclear Power Station

Not far off, it's a photoshopped submarine maneuvering room console:

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#11 rowal5555

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 06:20 AM

Well done Platypus.

It fooled me, not that that's hard, LOL.

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 06:08 PM

I'm just naturally suspicious... :thumbsup:

I think it is true though that in 1949 Popular Mechanics predicted "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." (Which was not wrong at the time, but not very far-sighted.)

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