1950s TV computers
bobalan at sbcglobal.net
Wed Mar 2 22:41:34 CST 2016
On 3/2/2016 5:41 PM, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> I've been having fun looking at TV programs that I watched when the
> family had a 17" monochrome RCA set. At any rate, here's one such
> about a guy who gets shocked by a computer:
> Note that, about 3:20 in, the guy doing the troubleshooting on the
> system pulls a faulty tube and gives it to his companion for
> replacement. "12AY7" is what he says, but hands the other guy an
> octal tube--the 12AY7 is a 9-pin sub-miniature. (TV had goofs even
> then). Other than the IBM Model B electric typewriters, there doesn't
> seem to be much to see. From 1955.
> Here's another one from 1956:
> This involves a mechanical translating machine that's been adapted to
> diagnose and prescribe treatment for diseases. There, you can see the
> same IBM typewriters, as well a couple of keypunches (IBM 024/6?) and
> bunches of tape drives that I don't recognize. "Memory coils", anyone?
> The strange thing is that years later, I met up with a fellow who had
> worked with Gerald Salton on the nascent SMART system that, I believe,
> eventually morphed into MEDLARS.
> Stuff from a time when men wore hats and women wore dresses.
Looks like a Bendix G15 at about 2:03 in the second video.
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