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leaknoil
December 25th, 2008, 12:42 AM
http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/12/24/how-it-works-the-com.html

"Remember, however, that electricity is like magic: no-one really understands it, and it is very dangerous."

oh yes and merry xmas

wmmullaney
December 25th, 2008, 06:11 AM
Only woman can feed computers?????

:)

Merry Cristmas

tezza
December 25th, 2008, 09:39 AM
LOL!!

Bizzare piece of toungue in cheek humour. I particularly like "...and if I could kill..you would be first.

Tez

CP/M User
December 25th, 2008, 12:38 PM
Something to do with little 1s and 0s I believe, however hasn't someone built a computer now which can produce a 0 and 1 at the same time? The condition itself is neither true or false I believe which means Computers can be built to assume - therefore (dare I say) we're one step closer to Artificial Intelligence!! :-o

mbbrutman
December 25th, 2008, 12:39 PM
It's a hoot! So I'm moving it to the humor section. ;-0

Ole Juul
December 25th, 2008, 01:01 PM
I love that picture of the red computers. I do think though that it is just a row of washers and dryers in a laundromat... perhaps that's where they got their inspiration... for the laundromat I mean.


Something to do with little 1s and 0s I believe, however hasn't someone built a computer now which can produce a 0 and 1 at the same time? The condition itself is neither true or false I believe which means Computers can be built to assume - therefore (dare I say) we're one step closer to Artificial Intelligence!! :-o
Could you be thinking of the ternary computer (http://www.computer-museum.ru/english/setun.htm)?

Anyway it's a moot point because the ones and zeros are getting closer together all the time and eventually they will meld into one. We will then no longer have binary computers because computers will have only one state. A single state computer is the epidamy of artificial intelligence. Mark my words. You can see it happening. Just look at how much smaller the ones and zeros are on a laptop compared to those on mainframes.

CP/M User
December 25th, 2008, 02:09 PM
Ole Juul wrote:

Could you be thinking of the ternary computer (http://www.computer-museum.ru/english/setun.htm)?

Anyway it's a moot point because the ones and zeros are getting closer together all the time and eventually they will meld into one. We will then no longer have binary computers because computers will have only one state. A single state computer is the epidamy of artificial intelligence. Mark my words. You can see it happening. Just look at how much smaller the ones and zeros are on a laptop compared to those on mainframes.

I guess so! Haven't really looked into a computer that closely to see if it's true or not, though I'm guessing that those computers you're referring to are already here and being used - not that I'm devoted towards going in that level of detail cause where would it take me even if I wanted to understand that, apart from education? It might have been common practice to write a book explaining how a computer works, though that's all said and done and we have the Internet now to exploit those avenues.

The only thing I've transformed from one thing to another in terms of programming are arrays - making an one dimensional array appear two dimensions - by calculating length and width, it's possible to make something appear 3 Dimensional using an One Dimension array, though I've never really tried it - my approach would be to use the first 3 values, length, width & height to make an object from. Seems very tricky though cause it's much easier to make an One Dimensional Array look more like a Two Dimensional Array (in terms of layout), 3D seems different again due to that extra element!

Anyway here's my poor attempt at a 3D box!



..____
./.../|
/___/.|
|..|..|
|..|./
|__|/

carlsson
December 26th, 2008, 11:22 AM
By the way, did you all check out the actual book this one is a spoof of? While not being outright hilarious, you will probably spot a few gems along the same lines as the IBM pamphlet Mike Brutman scanned in.
http://www.pointlessmuseum.com/computer/

tezza
December 26th, 2008, 11:55 AM
By the way, did you all check out the actual book this one is a spoof of? While not being outright hilarious, you will probably spot a few gems along the same lines as the IBM pamphlet Mike Brutman scanned in.
http://www.pointlessmuseum.com/computer/

LOL, thanks carlsson. This one (which is funny in it's own right) makes the spoof even funnier.

Tez

patscc
December 26th, 2008, 02:25 PM
Well, this is kinda of a "how it works"

http://www.valhenson.org/kitchen.html

patscc

dengelland
January 19th, 2009, 11:41 PM
Pictures remind me of first computer I ever saw. It had magnetic tapes spinning everywhich way and key punch cards flipping about. I was more interested in the key punch operators flitting around.

About 1971, basement of Oldsmobile home office, seemed like it covered a whole block. To bad I didn't take a bigger interest in it back then, but it was at that time going to be the ruination of the working man. it was going to take away all the jobs. Now I think of all the jobs it has created.

Maybe its not to late to learn enough to keep me busy in retirment if stocks go back up. Might be easier than crawling around in cars to repair them.


David

tezza
January 20th, 2009, 12:41 AM
Well, this is kinda of a "how it works"

http://www.valhenson.org/kitchen.html

patscc

LOL! Good link. I can't understand WHY they ever thought this product would be at all feasible :)

Tez

pontus
January 20th, 2009, 03:37 AM
LOL! Good link. I can't understand WHY they ever thought this product would be at all feasible :)

Tez

The H316 is a cool computer, the kitchen version is pure hilarity though. Check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxVbRz6udmI

The kitchen version reminds me of a PDP-8/I version that I've only seen on this book:

http://blog.iso50.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/windowslivewriterpdp8is-2c248-i-01-thumb.jpg (http://blog.iso50.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/windowslivewriterpdp8is-2c248-i-01-2.jpg)
Click the image for a bigger image.

Has anyone seen this version in real life?

(also, Val Henson is a cool person)

tezza
January 20th, 2009, 09:30 AM
I wonder if it came in a portable BBQ version? That would look rather cool on my patio this summer :)

Tez

codyBane
January 20th, 2009, 03:05 PM
The H316 is a cool computer, the kitchen version is pure hilarity though. Check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxVbRz6udmI



WOW! I want to say more but really ... what a beast. I had to watch the whole 9 minutes. Quite funny and so primary and yet when I think about it, I'd have no idea how to run it. lol.
That's great man. Thanks for the post.
Cheers. Cody

Yzzerdd
February 20th, 2009, 09:19 PM
Funny enough, as I sort through hundreds of computer books from the Dallas computer haul, I came across this book. Wie Funktioniert Der Computer, with a pic of an off brand on the front, The other, labeled "Computers" is by lady bird books. Both are in Dutch, which sounds right seems the guy I got them off of was a migrant from Holland. I thought they spoke Hollandese? Anyhow, thought I'd let ya'll know.

Also, I ran across a CD "History of Computing" with over 1,600 pictures. "An Encylcopedia of the People and Machines That Made Computer History.

--Ryan

patscc
February 20th, 2009, 09:28 PM
The Kitchen PC, in all it's glory, is in the Computer History Museum out in Mountain View, Ca. (I think it's Mountain View).
It's really as garishly funky looking as in the pictures.
It also doesn't have any seriously high-tech display, like, say, 7-segment displays.
Just winkin', blinkin' lights.

patscc

PhilA
February 22nd, 2009, 03:17 PM
That's funny. I have a copy of that book on my bookshelf from when I was younger.

I somewhat prefer the new, unabridged version presented here though :-D

gerrydoire
February 22nd, 2009, 04:06 PM
http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/12/24/how-it-works-the-com.html

"Remember, however, that electricity is like magic: no-one really understands it, and it is very dangerous."

oh yes and merry xmas

All that technology replaced with a pocket sized ipod :rolleyes: