Beehive terminals

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Sun Jan 1 14:29:19 CST 2006

On 1/1/2006 at 3:12 PM William Donzelli wrote:
>Anyway, the AT&T/IBM leased market model practically died years ago.

Yes, just so--AT&T in whatever form they exist today, would never consider
marketing a "designed to last 50 years" desk telephone.   Better to market
a "designed to last 6 months" set, like cellphones.

And this relates to any sort of retrospection.  Would I want to go back to
using punched cards?  Not if that was the only thing that changed.  Would I
sacrifice my terminal in exchange for lifetime employment with benefits and
pension, but with relatively crude health care?  That's a harder question!

It reminds me of those people who feel nostalgia for old radios or hula
hoops and Nehru jackets.  The last two are just ridiculous in today's
contexts and the first will still receive only talk radio and gangsta rap,
no matter what you use for A and B batteries.


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