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I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
-- Isaac Asimov

Friday, March 04, 2005

Portability, of a sort Computers

Portability, of a sort
025/0667 October 26, 2002

There are those that claim the IBM 5100 "Portable" was indeed the first portable (as we think of it today) computer, but I maintain that "portable" had a different meaning to IBM and their customers at that time.

In the context of the 5100, "portable" meant that it could be moved by the end-user without having to hire a team of IBM engineers to move it for you. Keep in mind that at the time, nearly all computers were room-sized installations with special power and air conditioning needs. Moving them was a major project in and of itself. The 5100, however, could be simply turned off, unplugged, and relocated by a reasonably strong person. It was never intended be a computer that one would take home at the end of the day or that one would cart around to client sites.

To IBM, the word "portable" in the 5100's name meant something different than it does to us today, just as the word "gay" meant something different to Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby than it might when said by someone today.

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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Storm Trooper Computers

Storm Trooper
025/0664 October 26, 2002

The Digibarn displayed a TEMPEST-spec Macintosh at VCF in 2002.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Think! Computers

025/0649 October 26, 2002

A vintage dumb terminal which many say was the impetus for the design of the original iMac

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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Sir Clive Computers

Sir Clive
025/0634 October 26, 2002

A display featuring some Sinclair computers at the VCF 2002.

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

High Score Computers

High Score
013/0285 September 07, 2002

Woohoo! What might be hard to see is that I (RLS) got a high score of 244,625 points! Were it not for Robotron, I probably would have been able to retire after high school. I know there are arcade owners who did. This photo, and yesterday's, were taken at California Extreme.

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