Photographing computers to show the art inside the black box

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/01/24/cray-aesthetics.html

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Sounds fun. I look forward to being able to see the link behind the headline.

[paging, Dr. @orenwolf, broken post on aisle Cory :slightly_smiling_face:]

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Do I recall the case of the original Macintosh was full of autographs?

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Rope Memory or Core Memory fascinates the fuck out of me. The Apollo missions used it. I kinda want some…

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The old machines are fascinating. The circuit board designs sometimes have a lovely symmetry, revealing the connection between the designer’s aesthetic sense and the goal of arranging the parts to perform calculations or storage.
For example, this PDP-11 core memory board. I keep one on my fireplace mantel as an art object. The designer of this beauty clearly had art in mind.


As an aside, this memory board is from the very same PDP-11 on which Chuck Moore developed the FORTH programming language at the 12 meter telescope in Arizona.

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You do know you can’t smoke it?

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museum

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You haven’t seen my house, eh?

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You know, I’d really like to see it.

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SX355

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The Computer History Museum is great. Not to be outdone, if you’re in Seattle you owe it to yourself to visit the Living Computer Museum (https://livingcomputers.org/). Similar idea, but the computers are running and you can sit down and use them. Just check out this bunch: https://livingcomputers.org/Discover/VintageComputers.aspx

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Perfect, I don’t really smoke, so…

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The old Burroughs pictures make me nostalgic.

Looking back, from working with those back in the day, to just yesterday i pushed my first aws virtual server that utilizes the brand new amazon graviton arm cpus, how far we’ve come. truly amazing.

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well, maybe mister44 can’t smoke it, but don’t count us all out! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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