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Perspective
09-20-2004, 01:45 PM
wow, these guys where really on to something... it looks just like my laptop (except for the big wheel.. hehehe)

Prototype of Home Computer from 1954 (http://users.net1plus.com/scottm/HomeComputer.jpg)

whackaxe
09-20-2004, 01:48 PM
heh, looks like a fake to me

Govtcheez
09-20-2004, 01:49 PM
I think that's the next evolution in case mods. Maybe they'll be right after all!

axon
09-20-2004, 01:50 PM
hehe, nice. On my last trip from Europe, I met this older guy (about 65) and we started talking. Turns out he was one of the original computer engineers working on the SAGE computers...pretty cool. It was weird how many things worked the same then, and now. Some things had different names: what we call flip-flops they called crossovers - good times.

Perspective
09-20-2004, 02:03 PM
heh, looks like a fake to me

well, it was a non-functional prototype. However, they were certain it would be possible because of the the intuative tele-type interface and FORTRAN language.


hehehe, i still cant get over the big wheel :D

jverkoey
09-20-2004, 02:06 PM
Yah, what the heck did they think we'd have wheels on our puters for? Maybe they thought we'd all be pirates and would command our computers like pirate ships? *shrugs*

sean
09-20-2004, 02:12 PM
Hello? What'd you think that new feature in Intel's next generation chip is supposed to prevent?

BMJ
09-20-2004, 02:42 PM
I love that wheel!!!

Perspective
09-20-2004, 03:12 PM
Yah, what the heck did they think we'd have wheels on our puters for?

to open the DVD drive .... *obviously* :p

kermi3
09-20-2004, 04:25 PM
Does that mean that the outer wheel is manually turn my giant digital tape storage unit?

Or does it just open the second cupholder?

axon
09-20-2004, 04:31 PM
I am with jverkoey, it is not a wheel but a helm because they knew that computer scientist are modern pirates in disguise :D

dayknight
09-21-2004, 07:27 AM
so which 1 is the computer: the big thing with the wheel or the printrer like thing @ the front?

sand_man
09-21-2004, 07:32 AM
which one is the calculator?

Perspective
09-21-2004, 08:24 AM
ITS A FAKE!! :confused: :confused:

awww, such a funny picture too. have a look at the tele-type interface (http://www.columbia.edu/acis/history/la36.html), looks like the same one (actually from 1974). This pic was pointed out to me today by someone at work, looks like whackaxe was right all along.

whackaxe
09-21-2004, 08:38 AM
maybe the wheel is for spinning the HD round :D

abyssphobia
09-21-2004, 10:47 AM
I love that wheel!!!

Me too!!!

I don't know if it's a fake, but that wheel rocks!!!!, haha,
wheel to open the dvd room hahahaha , oh guys!!! Good post!!!