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To All The Computers I’ve Loved Before — 17 Comments

  1. I remember from being a lieutenant and Captain seeing some of these odd-looking devices pass through the Army inventory you know as a techno peasant I hated each and every one of them but they have made life somewhat easier we had a Zenith at the division that constantly typed “zzzzz even if you weren’t standing near it

  2. Yes, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea reached its “you can’t even pretend this is serious sci-fi anymore” moment when Admiral Nelson became a werewolf. But Irwin Allen had cool computers. I sorta think we’re all like your Grandma Effie – the computers to come in the next 90 years will be as if from a different world, unrecognizable to us. And that AI world, well, we’ve all seen the movies.

  3. I agree, sir. After I posted this, I thought about addressing the AI thing. That’s some of the most interesting things of all.

    I also missed the “Lost in Space” robot, B-9. While technically a computer, it fell into a different category for me. But The Robot definitely deserves honorable mention.

  4. Great Story! I am pleased to share kindly that I hail from the company that designed and sold the Interdata Model 4. It really did work by the way. 🙂

    Later systems were used as the compute engine for the space shuttle simulator. The B-52 bomber, Apache helicopter simulator. Was the engine behind first ever ATM systems later implemented by Citibank. For a long time or FORTRAN compiler was the fastest. The company turned toward real-time applications and built the first 32-bit mini computer known as the 8/32.

    The company went a long way and only closed a year ago as Concurrent Computer Corporation. It’s roots we’re on the Jersey Shore, established in eatontown New Jersey in 1967 just outside of what was Fort Monmouth. Our founders and many of our team came out of Fort Monmouth and Bell Labs.

    I am the group administrator for a couple of groups of past employees, who like me have a lot of old historic ( not entirely useless ) information in their heads about those old innovative days at Interdata.

    Your contact is welcome. Thank you.

    Al Siano

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