Re: [midatlanticretro] OT: Re: Analog Computers - General- Navy Computer- linotype
From: Douglas <touchetek@...>
Sent: Sunday, December 9, 2012 9:44 PM
Subject: [midatlanticretro] OT: Re: Analog Computers - General- Navy Computer- linotype
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, joshbensadon <no_reply@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, Ken <kenzolist@> wrote:
> > I just happened to have discovered this great video a couple of days ago. It's a 50's US Navy instructional film about the mechanical computers they used. It's really eye-opening and very high quality. (It gets to the meat about two minutes in.) For me, it demonstrated the analog/mathematical approach, in contrast to the digital/logical approach I grew up learning.
> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1i-dnAH9Y4
> Ken, that was a fun (and informative) video to watch. Watching the cam description reminded me of the old Linotypes. Have you ever seen one of those in action?
Further off topic, missile guidance. Not quite as high quality.
The computer at work won't let me do youtube but I remember the old linotypes that looked like factory organs and the authoritarian thunk when one finished composing a line of type for the bed. A printer did not finish his apprenticeship until he could take one of the machines apart and put it back together again.bs
- On 12/15/2012 03:17 PM, Jeff Jonas wrote:
> I took calligraphy with Don Kunz my final year at The Cooper Union,Calligraphy is cool. I was interested in it years ago but never went
> so I considered typography an enemy or competition to the human touch
> of calligraphy (but I had no time for any courses from the <a
> href=http://lubalincenter.cooper.edu/>Lubalin typography center</a>).
> Sadly, my handwriting & calligraphy has deteriorated over the years,
> so I'm totally dependent on technology for word processing & web
anywhere with it, but I still love to see it.
> 2 of my AT&T co-workers were from Varityper, so they knew programmingNice. ;) I worked at a company about 23 years ago that did a lot of
> AND typesetting/typography. It was common to hear them complaining of
> the laser printer's awful fonts and ligature/kerning problems in
publishing work for large-scale directories and stuff like that. We did
our camera-ready output on a Varityper VT600. I loved that machine.
Its fonts weren't THAT bad...If you want bad fonts and awful-looking
output, look at the garbage generated by MS Word! I have bellybutton
lint that knows more about typography than those developers.
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA