--- In email@example.com
, Evan Koblentz <evan@...> wrote:
> > In the first room, there is a poster which describes what it cost to
> > use a particular machine in 1947 for two weeks. It states the number
> > as $2499, which, today, would be enough to buy a high end Mac or PC.
> > Inflation adjusted, the number is about $24,000
> > Joe
> No error! It really was that expensive to use the University of
> Pennsylvania's Differential Analyzer. See for yourself:
That doesn't surprise me. Once upon a time, when only universities and research facilities had access to (D)Arpa-Net (now the internet), posting a message on usenet was sometimes preceeded by a warning about how much money the university spent to send out this message.
This is (one of the reasons) why the very first spam message caused such an uproar.
I know when I had some access to Johns-Hopkins University (don't ask), there was often a warning message before posting to usenet, I think Columbia University also had restrictions on posting for that reason.