Re: Video of TCF, very brief MARCH clip
- I could not watch the entire clip, but essentially someone of high
school/college age and his father saw the TCF as overpriced and full
of junk. The youngster spent more time comparing old Macs (G3 G4
vintage) than deciding whether an Apple II was a "c" or an "e". He had
no clue as to what a pile of oscilloscopes were. I think the youngster
was attracted to bright shiny objects and screens with things in
motion - about the same level of attention as a bird. Dad said the
show was too small and cost too much - and he was going to complain
Sometimes I post here, about the value of exhibits with
interpretation, with explanations of what some computer did, how they
did it. I have a Web site full of computer history, people in time who
designed and built and innovated, decades ago.
Then I see a video like this one, which reminds me that so much of the
public is just like this kid. Totally, absolutely, clueless. Except,
about what to buy and how to run it from the keyboard and mouse and to
watch the screen. Maybe this kid can program something, hack a
computer case - who knows, who cares? And Dad, he just wants a deal on
something new, to find a Wal-Mart in a parking lot.
Today, I throw up my hands.
- I believe that Heath Kit had already indroduced a home computer kit by
then. The games were also supposed to help drill one's children in such
topics as spelling and math, at least according to the advertising that
came with the Sinclair I got my daughter.
On Tue, 13 May 2008, Dan Roganti wrote:
> Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
> Mike Loewen wrote:
> "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home."
> Ken Olson, President, Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977
> Weren't there already a significant number of people who had computers
> in their home by then?
> My father had one of Ken Olson's company's computer in our home by then.
> Peace... Sridhar
> I found some interesting webpages with Quotations from people in the
> Computer field (hardware, software,etc)
> There's some funny ones on there that would look good on a plaque.
> Quotes about Programmers
> Quotes from the Past
> Computers Quotes
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