September 19, 2004

Back to the future.

It's a home computer in the year 2004, as visualized by the RAND Corporation in 1954. Try and stick that baby onto your desktop!

This magpie has to admit, though, that we kinda like the notion of a computer with steering wheels.

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Posted by Magpie at September 19, 2004 01:33 PM | Technology | Technorati links |

Ooooo, I want one.
Imagine what I could do with this in my bunker. I may even be able to balance my checkbook or write out a shopping list.

Does it come in blue?

Posted by: David Aquarius at September 19, 2004 01:52 PM

Didn't The Jetsons have one of those to cook dinner?

Posted by: P6 at September 19, 2004 03:38 PM

Nah, no stickshift, no home computer....

Posted by: palamedes at September 19, 2004 07:00 PM

I'm pretty sure this is a latter-day joke. Aside from the clunky tone of the caption, that keyboard is an artifact of the 1960s, not the 1950s.

Posted by: Patrick Nielsen Hayden at September 20, 2004 07:19 AM

It's definitely a joke. They didn't even have "teletype interface" in 1954, just as they didn't have kerning, superscript, or Times Roman. I think Burkett or Rove is behind this one, myself.

Posted by: Michael Bérubé at September 20, 2004 08:22 PM

I think my favorite part of this was the statement: "With teletype interface and the Fortran language, it will be easy to use..." I think we should tell Bill Gates that ease of use has been redefined. :-)

Posted by: Mary at September 20, 2004 11:10 PM

I bet that thing plays a bitchin game of Pong.

Posted by: Great Cthulhu at September 20, 2004 11:26 PM


Pong got me laid in '76.

'And on the 8th day, God created Pong so geeky nerds can impress the Prom Queen.'

Posted by: David Aquarius at September 21, 2004 08:07 AM