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Old 03-03-2019, 08:18 AM   #1
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Someday all terminals will be smart


Ad from 1979. Someday all terminals will be smart.
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Old 03-03-2019, 05:57 PM   #2
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a computer is only as smart as its user. period.
 
Old 03-03-2019, 07:42 PM   #3
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I remember smart terminals. “Instant” feedback to the keyboard...typing alpha in a numeric field would sound a beep and nothing would happen. WANG VS...terminals connected with dual co-ax cables.
Not sure what else they did; was a beginner back then (1979).

Gad, that was a long time ago!!
 
Old 03-03-2019, 08:45 PM   #4
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Fast /= Smart.

Algorithms /= Intelligence.
 
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Pah - when I was at uni, only the post-grads got access to the PDPs; the rest of us made do with coding sheets and punched cards.

"But you try and tell the young people today that... and they won't believe ya."
(wasn't quite a shoebox, but ...)
 
Old 03-04-2019, 04:12 AM   #6
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Pah - when I was at uni, only the post-grads got access to the PDPs...
usually via paper tape...

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...the rest of us made do with coding sheets and punched cards.

"But you try and tell the young people today that... and they won't believe ya."
(wasn't quite a shoebox, but ...)
I wasn't expecting the four Yorkshiremen...
 
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all I remember about punch cards is my Dad would bring them home from the shop He worked at. To give us Kids something to play with, and He said they had to be in order when ran else the program that it was used to run was screwed, and that whence it was ran once then the cards were no longer needed. Stacks of cards for a one run and throw away. seemed strange to me that they were only good for a one time use.
 
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Computing has become cyclic, originally it was dumb "glass" terminals;

These gave way to a character based interface with the local computer providing the power;

Then GUI with the local computer having the application installed and rich-clients for anything that needed external data;

And now we're back with the terminal using a lightweight protocol such as http(s) with a requirement (generally) for less of the application to be on the local system.
 
  


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