View Full Version : RAND, Prototype of 2004 Home Computer

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)

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

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

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.

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

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*

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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.

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

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!!!