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Old 09-27-2007, 12:50 AM
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Default Computers in the future.

Pretty cool collection of quotes. My favorite:
1954: "Scientists from the RAND Corporation have created this model to illustrate how a "home computer" could look like in the year 2004..."
I really dig the big steering wheel. I had no idea they thought people in the future would live on pirate ships.
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Old 09-27-2007, 02:19 AM
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Default Early Portable Computer

This was an appraiser's early portable computer:

My first portable computer was a Compaq luggable which I still have. I think I bought it in 1982 or 83.

My first computer experience was an IBM 1410 with Fortran language and punch cards. The computer was in a refrigerated room. My first program was putting numbers 1-10 in order. This was at Dartmouth 1963 coincidently the same year Kemeny introduced Basic.

Now you can buy a lightweight notebook for under $400.00. Best Buy had one in the Sunday Paper for $360.00 on closeout
Old 09-27-2007, 08:58 AM
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In the mid 50's, Mickey Leffler was a high school student at Middletown High School, Middletown, OH. For a science project he built a computer. (I was about 6 years younger than Mickey.) What I remember of the computer were a series of telephone dials, and light bulbs screwed into sockets. You would dial up a number and then using the next dial you would dial up the next number, etc. Then the answer could be obtained by some how or other reading what the lights did. The computer filled the top of a table about the size of a ping pong table.

After the 11th grade, I ended up working for Mickey's dad at his funeral home. A very very intelligent family.
Old 09-28-2007, 02:25 PM
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oh yeah there is some truth to that picture :P I have a steering connected to my computer for racing sim games and my monitor is mounted on the wall lol.
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