Bay Area: IBM 4341 and HP3000
scaron at umich.edu
Mon Jan 12 10:54:35 CST 2015
I think it can... I mean, am I the only one where playing with these old
machines, kept me good and busy, mentally occupied when I /wasn't/ getting
laid all those years as an awkward, scruffy kid? LOL. For some subset of
people... tech workers... EE/CS types ... I think an old computer can have
similar status, as a sentimental object... Not to mention, the /great
career/ and /success/ that resulted from playing with these old things when
I was a kid... I don't want to be overly crude... but... I will say it
worked for me... ;)
I will always have some nostalgia for those bits of technology that really
sparked the passion in me, got me where I am today. Others must feel
On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 11:35 AM, js at cimmeri.com <js at cimmeri.com> wrote:
> On 1/12/2015 11:21 AM, William Donzelli wrote:
>> Automobiles were used by individuals for four generations, the models are
>>> built to appeal to different personalities and social strata.
>>> A significant number of people in three of those four generations fixed
>>> their own cars, so they had some knowledge of how they worked.
>> Almost everyone can relate to autos. In many countries, learning to
>> drive happens during the late teenage / early twenties, and tends to
>> leave an indelible mark on people, as things tend to do at that stage
>> of life.
>> Raise your hand if you ever got laid on a 4341.
> I guess I was just hoping that the astonishing amount of genius and human
> achievement that went into these computers might push them towards more
> equal *status* with vintage autos. Of course, that would require a
> utopian outlook.
> Cars, despite their ubiquity, are relatively crude machines.
> - J.
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