The portrayal of computers in old movies

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  1. jvin248

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    ... or tripping on their way from the dorm to the computer lab and dropping their carefully arranged box of cards ... happened to a roommate of a cousin rushing to turn their project in. On a windy day the cards were blowing all across central campus.

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    Imagine sweating out the early 1980s learning to program in FORTRAN, PASCAL, and Uniflex BASIC only to discover spraying your computer with champagne (Electric Dreams - 1984) or allowing your robot to be struck by lightning (Short Circuit - 1986) will result in their developing full-on artificial intelligence. You don't even need software. Just give your keyboard a drink. Why didn't anyone tell me?

    JAMES
     
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    You could calculate the value of pi to the last decimal place with that thing.
     
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    I remember watching a new Bond film when it came out... maybe late 80s. Can't recall which one at the moment. In it they had some computer equipment in a military facility that was supposed to look state of the art. It had the "always needed them in the movies" reels of tape so they must have chosen it for that.

    In reality, it was a decades old tape-to-print machine. Read a tape that had been created on a disk to tape machine elsewhere and printed them. I knew because they had one at a place I worked. It was way beyond antiquated and literally held together with paper clips. The company was very old-school manufacturing and wouldn't spend any money to modernize their vintage systems even though they were falling apart.
     
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    Do not forget we had the pinnacle of computers and computer FX in 1982. Never to be topped.

     
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    Once upon a time the were hundreds of terminals connected to a main frame computer. Then the PC was born and I had a computer on my desk top. I had cut the cord! Then the internet was born, so here I am typing on a 'terminal' sending my queries to some 'main frame' computer. Yes... the computer industry has evolved, or should I say revolved?
     
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    Its the 40’s. My Dad was FC1 on his ship in WW2. Which meant he was in the middle of the ship way down below operating fire control (fire meaning the targeting computer that’s computing where the shell will go). These things were massive and had to take into account the ships speed, the wind, the pitch and yaw from the seas and trajectory of course of a shell maybe 20 miles away (I think). Pretty amazing someone came up with mechanical computers that could figure out so much stuff so long ago. I guess we had to...:thumbd:
     
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    Alexa does.
    "Any time" or "You're welcome" or "You bet"
     
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    By '93 that was pretty apparent. I think I already had my first cellphone by '93... if not definitely by '95. I'd carried a pager since '87
     
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    Cool. Can’t believe Apple missed that.
     
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    It's funny what they don't predict. I recently watched Back to the Future 2. Some things, like the FaceTime element of communications, were spot on. But then, when Marty gets fired, it prints out in dot matrix.
    [​IMG]
     
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    I've given drinks to many a keybroad an dit nrevre semmed tohlep theyr prefemonce.
     
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    "ugh..."
    said the fellow who tossed one of those into an electronics recycling dumpster...
    followed by
    "sh*t."

    "sh*t sh*t sh*t sh*t sh*t"

    "sh*t"
     
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    Double that from me.
    I have no idea ( which may be worse considering)
     
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    I worked at Lucent Technologies in 2001, where I was network support for the chip designers.
    When I asked one of them what kind of devices that they were trying to develop, he held his watch up to his mouth and said “Calling Dick Tracy”.
     
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    I recall in the '70's the huge dot matrix printer as big as a sofa that made an infernal din when in use.

    Also the Modem that had double rubber receivers that you plugged an ordinary phone into.
     
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