1954 Popular Mechanics' Home Computer

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  1. Jay Taylor

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    This thread is more humorous than a technical issue about computers so I put it here in the After Hours section. If it has to go to the Computers and HTPC area I understand.

    The picture below is from a 1954 issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine. This is what scientists from the RAND Corporation thought a home computer might look like in the year 2004.

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    I particularly liked this statement:

    With Teletype interface and the Fortran language, the computer will be easy to use. [​IMG]
     
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    Darn! I was really looking forward to getting one of those giant steering wheels! [​IMG]
     
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    I rather like the monitor, so convenient up there on the wall... [​IMG]

    Actually, some of the other entries from that contest are still viewable at the link in the snopes article, and a couple of them are at least as funny as this one.
     
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    You're right. This one is pretty good:

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