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This was taken from a 1954 issue of Popular Mechanics. I recieved it by e-mail.

Well guys, after about 50 edits, I finally got it to come through. The pic in its original format wasn't compatible with the site. So I converted it to jpeg and it worked. The caption is kinda small, so I typed it out for you.

Scientists form the RAND Corporation have created this model to illustrate how a "home computer" could look like in the year 2004. However the needed technology will not be economically feasible for the average home. Also the scientists readily admit that the computer will require not yet invented technology to actually work, but 50 years from now scientific progress is expected to solve these problems. With teletype interface and the Fortran language, the computer will be easy to use.
 

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I was going to post that but the photo was to large. That is kinda cool. They were not counting on MS.
 

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Lupeloff said:
I was going to post that but the photo was to large. That is kinda cool. They were not counting on MS.
And the only solid state devices we had in 1954 were diodes.
 

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Cephus said:
What the big deal that's what mine looks like,doesn't everybodys.
Thanks for the post of my computer Preacher.
Cephus..........:nono: :biggrin:
 

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Cephus what are you running a 1 MHZ computer, LMAO? If they only knew what computers look like today - there would have been a lot of disbelief. Can you imagine the looks on engineers faces if they were told people would have computers many times more powerful than the supercomputers of the time.
 

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Just imagine the look they would've had on their faces back in 1954 if a full blown porn site flashed across the monitor!:scared:
 

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Just imagine the look they would've had on their faces back in 1954 if a full blown porn site flashed across the monitor!:scared:
In 1954 I got slapped up side the head if I looked at a Sears catalouge to long. You know the girdle section.:eek: :eek:
 

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7-11 used to have a quote from a 1949 Popular Science on their in-store video system predicting that someday computers would only weigh as little as a ton and a half. ;)
 

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DorGunR said:
And the only solid state devices we had in 1954 were diodes.
Big ones too, the selenium rectifiers were more popular because of their current handling at the time...remember their smell when shorted out?

For the youngsters here (not you DorGunR)...the first computer I ever used was similar to that in the picture....well, sort of. All we had was a teletype terminal with paper (no CRT) and an acoustically coupled modem. It would take forever to write and run a program. I also have experience in writting Fortran by using IBM punch cards.......Those were my college days.
 

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I remember my neighbor being astounded at my first PC which was a Northgate 1mb ram, 64 mb hard drive with 12 mhz clock speed.

Sort of like guys about ak47's because his comment was "whatcha need all that for?"
 

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Good morning Hal.......

Dave........is there a problem?

You know I have the greatest enthusiasm for the mission,Dave.....
 

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Custer said:
I remember my neighbor being astounded at my first PC which was a Northgate 1mb ram, 64 mb hard drive with 12 mhz clock speed.

Sort of like guys about ak47's because his comment was "whatcha need all that for?"
At least you had a hard drive, I had an IBM with dual 5 1/4" floppys DOS based system.
 

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Lets not forget the Sinclair (later to come out as the Timex-Sinclair)

Don't get me started on PDP's, Octal and RPN :sick:

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At least you had a hard drive, I had an IBM with dual 5 1/4" floppys DOS based system.
DOS ?


CP/M is where its at ! :punk:

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I remember buying my kid brother one of those Radio Shack TRS something or other when he graduated from engineering school.

No monitor but it was impressive for its time.

I rememeber when calculators were 4-500 bucks and the programmable ones even higher. I had an HP of some type. They were almost like having an executive perk in those days.
 

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Custer said:
I remember buying my kid brother one of those Radio Shack TRS something or other when he graduated from engineering school.

No monitor but it was impressive for its time.

I rememeber when calculators were 4-500 bucks and the programmable ones even higher. I had an HP of some type. They were almost like having an executive perk in those days.
That's what we had in High School. Even then they were a little outdated. The TRS 80, knicknamed Trash80.
 

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crffl said:
DOS ?


CP/M is where its at ! :punk:

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You had to load the DOS floppy before doing anything, the only thing available at the time was LOTUS and Wordstar?...I can't remember, back then you had to write your own application.

Custer, I remember paying about $300 for a TI scientific calculator when they first came out, now you get them at the drug store for $10.00. I also remember paying $1300.00 for my first new car off the dealership floor.

Some things just don't make any sense in this world.
 
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