beschizza at June 3rd, 2014 20:04 — #1
captainpedge at June 3rd, 2014 20:07 — #2
... and always remember, to Look Around You
jerwin at June 3rd, 2014 20:14 — #3
IF I COULD FEEL, I WOULD FEEL LOVE
IF I COULD TOUCH, I WOULD TOUCH GOD
IF I COULD SEE, I WOULD SEE TRUTH
IF I COULD DREAM, I WOULD DREAM
AND IF I COULD KILL, YOU WOULD BE FIRST
daneel at June 3rd, 2014 20:19 — #4
I visited the Ladybird book factory once as a kid.
nadreck at June 3rd, 2014 20:52 — #5
The Big Red Data Rinsers in the first picture are 10 MB disk drives. You could make them dance across the floor by running a program that would constantly alternate between data on an inner ring of the disc and some on the outer ring: get that muscular drive arm pumping!
jardine at June 3rd, 2014 21:08 — #6
kutulhumythos at June 3rd, 2014 21:41 — #7
When are you going to let me out of this BOX?
jhbadger at June 4th, 2014 00:12 — #8
Is there a word for this type of humor? As mentioned, it is somewhat akin to that of "Look Around You" -- starting plausible and slowly getting weirder and weirder.
robert_c_baruch at June 4th, 2014 00:44 — #9
will_watts at June 4th, 2014 03:24 — #10
From the 1971 non-spoof edition P38 http://www.pointlessmuseum.com/museum/howitworkscomputer021.php:
"Programming in machine code is a job for a highly-trained person, whereas
programming in a high level language is something most people can do
provided they are given time to learn the rules that must be followed."
By the 1979 second edition doubt had set in, and this passage was amended to many people.
marktech at June 4th, 2014 04:00 — #11
I mourn no longer needing the knack of loading one of those giant voice recorders.
And when I am a trillionaire I'll buy a chain printer and the world's surviving stock of landscape-format green bar paper, solely so that I can die of nostalgia.
gilbertwham at June 4th, 2014 04:49 — #12
Pfft. That's clearly a launderette.
andyandjo_ward_ at June 4th, 2014 05:20 — #13
"If computers are not regularly fed with programs they may become listless and unhappy" Absolute quality
spunkytws at June 4th, 2014 09:24 — #14
My phone looks at that picture and laughs.
nonford150 at June 4th, 2014 10:52 — #15
"French cannot be converted". How true, how true
kupfernigk at June 4th, 2014 15:27 — #16
"Sub-lethal electric current". True story; we once had a short on a big wirewrap board (if you don't understand that, you are too young to read this post). After a day of frustrating attempts to trace it we removed all the components and connected the offending tails to a car battery. The shorting wire obligingly melted its insulation and we were just quick enough to stop before any more damage occurred.
I believe this was a common hardware debug in those days, but it only got passed around by word of mouth.
edthehippie at June 4th, 2014 15:45 — #17
in 1979 i was working at storage tech , one or 2 models past these washing machines , about 350 megabytes per spindle , dual spindle , early linear voice coils ~ and i was on my commodore pet at home , my 2nd home computer , after my cosmac vip 1802 board that i soldered myself !! heheheh ahhh , the old days ~ why i dismember . . .
running a nova ( a pdp 8 clone ) on paper tape , before cassettes , and we liked it
carolyr at June 4th, 2014 18:45 — #18
My husband, a computer engineer from way back, has several old books with pictures of big computers like these. One day while babysitting the neighbors 8 year old, he brought one of the books to show her. The picture showed several people in suits standing beside the computers. He asked her what she thought of this scene from the past. Her response was "You mean people used to dress like that to go to the laundromat?!"
rickenhacker at June 5th, 2014 03:59 — #19
If there is ever the appearance of fault, it must be the result of human error.
Nothing but HAList propaganda.
guiwald at June 5th, 2014 07:36 — #20
When the kitten is ready, the Encyclopedia Britannica is fist consulted, then Wikipedia. If the answer is not obtained, the kitten hands control of the operation to be puppy, which then consults Google.
Seems legit for a 1979 edition!
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