First Computer Store

Mike Loewen mloewen at
Fri Jul 24 20:41:30 CDT 2015

On Fri, 24 Jul 2015, Chuck Guzis wrote:

> On 07/24/2015 04:20 PM, Mark Linimon wrote:
>>  On Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 04:53:01PM -0600, Eric Smith wrote:
>> >  It's not a real computer unless it has a real front panel with
>> >  switches and blinkenlights.
> Ever watch any old reruns of "Wonder Woman".  Lots of blinkin' lights;
> no computer.  Or you could watch old "The Outer Limits" episodes where
> clicking of relays and beeps and boops seems to accompany real computers.
> Or you could just get a floor-standing vacuum-column tape drive and spin the 
> reels back and forth...

    That's exactly what the Hollywood prop people do:

    These are from a Burroughs B205 system, and rigged up to spin the reels 
and blink the lights.

Mike Loewen				mloewen at
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