The Future We Once Knew

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Sure, nowadays computers are everywhere in our daily lives, but once upon a time, they were as big as rooms and almost as scary. WebUrbanist looks at what yesterday's tomorrow looked like, way back when.

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It's Terminal: A Dozen Scenes of Early Office Computing [WebUrbanist]

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I remember learning to program on a DEC PDP-12, a cabinet about seven feet high and three deep holding a grand total of 32K core (not RAM, core — though later it was upgraded to 32K or real solid-state RAM). It had two sets of front panel switches, and understood octal. I still remember the instructions for booting the DECtape-based operating system: 0701 7300 in octal. Ahhh, those were the days ...