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This is what they predicted in 1954:

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Pretty much right on the money except for the teletype, the TV, the gauges and the massive size.

Everyone I know who has seen this has asked what the wheel is for. confused


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That's a 1954 version of a mouse? Right?

Outer wheel - left/right
Inner wheel - up/ down

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I suppose that round thing just below it is where you click on something with your knee.


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BTW, I have asked several women the question you have posted in your sig and to a woman they all say that, yes, he is wrong.


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If a man speaks in the forest and there is no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong?
Of course!

Did he actually speak at all? laugh

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The guy in the photo is Maynard Gates. he was way ahead of his time but not quite enough. His "Dashboard" operating system did not take off like he had hoped.


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I got that in an email last week. Apparently, it's a hoax. It's a photo of a current exhibit of a submarine, and they photoshopped in the teletype, the guy and the old TV. I'll find the link in a sec...

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Here's the link:

Snopes

Scroll down to the bottom to see the original photo.

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The snopes link doesn't explicitly state it, but IIRC that particular photoshop job originated in one of my favorite forums -- fark.com .

They have a lot of photoshop contests there, and some of the people who participate are really good at it. If you're interested, look for the [Linked Image] tags that show up a couple of times or more each day.

Aside:
If you've never checked out fark.com, have a peek sometime. They post links to genuine news articles, but always have some sort of fake/sarcastic headline next to the tag. Warning: the commentary there makes the CR look very tame by comparison.


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is that the laptop model?


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It's a fake!! They didn't have wheels back then!


JK, but yeah that's definitely a photoshopped picture...the TV floating in the corner gives it all away (not to mention the teletype and man).

What the heck is a teletype anyway? Looks like a typewriter...what is the 'tele' prefix for?


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Looks like you were not around in the days of mainframes and punch cards. A teletype (or TTY as often abbreviated) was the main output device for a computer before video displays and was even used beyond their introduction as the source for hard copy. They were commonly servo controlled typewriters or dot matrix printers but the more advanced "line printers" could print an entire line in one stroke by using a line length row of character wheels.

You're welcome for the trip down memory lane.


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Haha thanks Jim, the first comp my family had was a PC, MS-DOS style, in 1987 or so.

I only remember one code anymore:

C:\dir/p

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Gad! I'm embarrassed because I know what that command means, and I'm sure I'm not the only one here who can say that.

(show me the directory of C:/, but make it fit across the page instead of down)

Nerd alert! nerd alert!

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(show me the directory of C:/, but make it fit across the page instead of down)
BZZZZZZT! Oh, I'm sorry, but the correct answer is "Show me the directory of C:\, but PAUSE between pages of the display." Thanks for playing! :p laugh


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(show me the directory of C:/, but make it fit across the page instead of down)
I'll take Nina's question for $200, Alex, err... I mean Matt.

What is: dir c:\ /w


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Matt is CORRECT! thumb

AND he got the "\" correct, a common mistake I've made in MS-DOS.


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dir c: /w just makes a list of the names in the directory with multiple files on a line. You can see instructions for all the dir commands by typing dir /?.

Incidentally, the commands change depending on the OS and even the version of OS.

My favorite dir command is dir /x to show the short file names of the files. Sometimes you need that when you're preparing a script or something. My most used is probably dir /o so it's in alphabetical order and the directories are at the top.

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I was the DOS king in my day.

I had written batch files for almost everything I wanted my old 80x88 to do.
I still prefer doing things in DOS, though now with "registry entries" and what not it gets a little troublesome to go into DOS and delete a few directory trees. smile


For those who are actually curious, the first computers were being built in the late 1600's.
Leibnitz had before 1700 created a computing machine capable of computing multiple factors using punch cards.
Several others had also made similar computing machines before this.

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