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Home computer for 2004! [Nov. 29th, 2004|03:01 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Shamelessly stolen from erik:

Scientists from the RAND Corporation have created this model to illustrate how a "home computer" could look 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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[User Picture]From: penguinfairy
2004-11-29 11:09 pm (UTC)
I want it, too!
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2004-11-29 11:04 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: darksoul
2004-11-29 11:09 pm (UTC)
You mean that isn't the latest incarnation of the Amiga? Now I am teh sad.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-11-29 11:10 pm (UTC)
I figured as such, but seeing the original photo makes this even funnier. What a cute little 50's man!

And that 50's TV up in the corner! hah.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-11-29 11:11 pm (UTC)
Me and race car game care to differ.
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[User Picture]From: killhamster
2004-11-29 11:17 pm (UTC)
i thought that looked photoshopped, thanks for clearing that up.
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[User Picture]From: abates
2004-11-29 11:14 pm (UTC)
How long before someone does this as a case mod? :)
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[User Picture]From: erik
2004-11-29 11:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, sure, I post it and get 2 comments and then you post it and get like 10 in four seconds. :P
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-11-29 11:23 pm (UTC)
I did the scaled image thing, and link to full-size, and transcription of the text.

It's all about the effort! :-)
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From: jon
2004-11-30 01:15 am (UTC)
I showed this to someone, and they showed me this:
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2004-11-30 04:30 am (UTC)
Even some CSE profs fell for it:

Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 11:20:03 -0800
From: Paul Beame <beame@cs.washington.edu>
Subject: [Cse321] For the A section: That "home computer" picture

was a hoax apparently.

It turns out to be the bridge of some navy ship with a few other things put in.

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[User Picture]From: phil
2004-11-30 05:01 am (UTC)
Anyone willing to dig up the Fark.com Photoshop thread from whence it originated?
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From: yknott
2004-12-09 04:45 am (UTC)

Its about half way down. Search for Lukket. Amazingly this was only in September. Amazing how fast things get around the Internet.
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2004-12-10 07:34 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: baklan
2004-11-30 09:43 am (UTC)
Intel showed this picture at IDF in Moscow :)
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[User Picture]From: _kikie_
2004-11-30 09:05 pm (UTC)

very amusing and shameful

I thought that picture and your information on it was fairly amusing to say the least....good job! You seem like a good person and very witty....except I would have thrown in some German expressions to top it all off, but hey, your perogative :-)! Anyway take it easy and all the best!
p.s not that i know you or anything, i'm from toronto by the way, just a random read...sorry to disturb
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[User Picture]From: torgo_x
2004-12-04 03:54 am (UTC)

Compose music, design a doghouse, and...

«It was my father's dream that, one day, the people of the world would be connected by a network of blocky, refrigerator-sized computers, much like those he was helping to develop at IBM.

He envisioned families of the future gathered around their mammoth terminals, ordering grocies and paying their taxes from the comfort of their own comes. A person could compose music, design a doghouse, and -- something more, something even better. A person could -- he could --

When predicting this utopia, he would eventually reach a point when words would failed him. His eyes would widen and sparkle at the thought of this indescribable something more. "I mean, my GOD!", he'd say, "just THINK about it!". My sisters and I preferred not to. I didn't know about them, but I was hoping the people of the world might be united by something more interesting, like drugs, or an armed struggle against the undead. [...]»


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