Thursday, January 19, 2006

Home computer anno 2004

A scarily accurate prediction from 50 years ago about a possible "home computer" for the early 21st...
This is so much like the iMac that it is just uncanny.
("With teletype interface and the fortran language, the computer will be easy to use...")
From 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine.
(Click image for bigger version.)

... Dammit, it was too good to be true.
I did think the TV looked a bit fake.
But it could have been true at least, and that makes it funny.


Wonko outside the asylum said...

My Father used to work on Valve based computers rather like that image when he worked for the Post Office in the sixties. I remember (possibly inaccurately) a quote about at some point in the future there being as many as ten or twelve computers in the World, running everything! Which contrasts nicely with Microsoft's stated mission of a machine, running their software, in every home in the World. Who said World domination is a thing of the past? ;o)

Anonymous said...

Just so you know, this isn't a real photograph. It's a photoshop from

link to Snopes article

eolake said...

Thank you indeed.

Zeppellina said...


That TV looks familiar...!!!!!!!!

And that PC looks a bit like mine...!!

eolake said...

Have you heard they make these amazing TVs these days, with picture in colour!

eolake said...

This one was posted just before my last post, but got lost in Blogger's weekend troubles:
Don`t tell me things like that, Eolake....

I`ll get too excited.......!!!!

Tv`s with pictures in colour...?!!!!

This just isn`t possible....!!!!!!!!

Posted by Zeppellina

adamei said...

But what's the steering wheel for?