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1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine
« on: February 05, 2006, 12:12:50 AM »
Be sure to read the caption below the picture.
This picture is before you knew what a computer was or probably before some of you were born!
Picture from 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine be sure to read the caption below the picture.


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Re: 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2006, 01:11:06 AM »
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LOL ... ya know, Bob ... several months ago I came across that picture at an old computers website. I never thought about posting it here. I hope the guy in the picture is still alive AND lucid so that he can realize just how much technology was invented and how far computer progress has advanced. I was 4 years old in October of that year.   ;)

Teletype interface and Fortran language ... long gone ... LOL! But, in 1970 - 1971 when I took computer programming & operation in college, we were taught those same basics ... teletype interface & Fortran ... in the beginning as a background. And before that, they even taught us computer programming with "breadboards." How many of you know what that is? (without looking it up on the internet!)


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Re: 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2006, 06:39:20 AM »
This was evidentally not quite a true picture or article. I had originally posted about this in the "Off Topic" section back on March 12, 2005 with a post about this entitled "Newer Super Computer". If anyone is interested then please go HERE to read what really happened.  ;)
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Re: 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2006, 10:51:41 AM »
But a good hoax indeed! I personnaly would fall for this one as i haven't the slightest idea on how things looked in 1954(that was 30 years before i was born).A good one! ;D

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Re: 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2006, 12:00:36 PM »
Anyone remember the line "PC's will never need more than 512KB of memory" ? ;D
Quiet similar hehe...
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Re: 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2006, 04:05:36 PM »
I remember when the total memory and storage wasn't much more than that ;D
I can't remember how much memory, probably 64KB and twin 5 1/4" floppy drives.
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Re: 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2006, 10:25:12 PM »
How about 3k memory and a tape drive for loading and storing programs..... ;D
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Re: 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2006, 01:37:32 AM »
Does anyone remember the Univac I? When I graduated high school in 1961, I went to work at Alcoa where my uncle had just been appointed head of the new computer department. During my interview my uncle Wayne walked me through the computer. Yes I mean through. There were thousands of tubes and relays making a horrible racket. Everything was tape. It took 12 hours to do the weekly payroll. Then the computer had to be completely reprogrammed to do the inventory, etc. I believe it had about 250K of memory total. Here is a link to the wikipedia reference.

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Re: 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2006, 05:52:40 PM »
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