Zane H. Healy
healyzh at aracnet.com
Sun Sep 30 11:31:47 CDT 2007
At 11:21 PM -0700 9/29/07, Chuck Guzis wrote:
>A friend forwarded this message to me and I agreed to post it.
>Please note that she's an archivist and not a collector:
>"I tried posting this elsewhere but other than one
>reply that some schools have old computers around,
>nobody's come up with a good explanation.
I think the best explanation is that American TV is absolute rubbish.
The TV writers are hacks, who only write for the clueless brain-dead
masses (which sadly seems to sum up the American public). Trying to
make sense of TV's portrayal of computers is a waste of time. Just
look at computers in any episode of CSI. I have the misfortune of
seeing most episodes of CSI, and it appears CSI:NY's set designers
have decided to toss out any pretense of accuracy, and gone full on
Not knowing the show (and not caring to), my hand-wave of an
explanation would be the guy had the computer around when he was a
little kid and took it to college with him. He might have written
software for it just for fun. This works best if he came from a
background of poverty, which since Stanford is mentioned seems
BTW, in this area, I've seen a grand total of 5 TRS-80's of various
vintage. Two of those the Library just received as part of the
donation last week, one of those, a CoCo, might be the first that has
enough pieces to actually be usable. The only system I've found less
possible to get up and running in any form are Atari Computers.
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