Living Museum of Dead Computers

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==NeXT Cube==
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After Steve Jobs left Apple, he started NeXT to build high-end computer workstations. They were expensive and didn't achieve commercial success. Early versions, like this one, had neither a floppy nor a hard-drive and, instead, used an odd magneto-optical disk.
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NeXT was ultimately purchased by Apple and its operating system, NeXT Step formed the basis of MacOS X.
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Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wild Web, used a NeXT computer for software development which became the world's first web server.
Contributed by: Brett Longworth
Contributed by: Brett Longworth

Revision as of 18:15, 4 November 2014

Below are sections for each of the displays in the Living Museum of Dead Computers with the goal of writing a concise statement suitable for museum signage.

Contents

Model 15 Teletype

Contributed by: Al Woodhull

PDP-11

Manufactured in 1974, this computer was still in service in the 1990's with a small paper sign taped to it saying "Please God, Keep it Running".

Contributed by: Steven D. Brewer

Compaq Luggable

Contributed by: Eric Martz

Compaq Portable III: In 1987, this 20 lb "luggable" was the closest thing to a laptop. $5,000 in 1987 ($10,545 in 2014 dollars) with a 20 MB hard disk. 12 MHz 80286 CPU, 640 to 2048 Kilobytes RAM. 5 and 1/4 inch floppy disk, 1.2 MB. Salmon-colored gas plasma display, 640 x 400 pixels or 25 lines by 80 characters text. Operating system: text based MS-DOS 3.31 (no GUI).

Compaqiii.jpg

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Amstrad PCW8256

Amstrad computers claimed a substantial part of the computer market in the UK, but were never common in the US. This model was sold as a personal word processor through Sears, but came with CP/M, BASIC, and Logo.

Contributed by: Steven D. Brewer

IBM PC

The IBM PC is perhaps the most iconic computer of all time, symbolizing the transformation from when computers moved from the backroom and office to the home.

Contributed by: William E. Bemis

Powerbook 100

The first modern laptop computer, which set the design characteristics that would define the industry, the Powerbook 100 has been recognized as the one of the most transformative computers of all time.

Contributed by: Steven D. Brewer

TRS-80 Model 100

The Model 100 version of the classic TRS-80 set the standard for mobile computing for a generation. It was still in service -- and in demand -- 20 years later for journalists and scientists working in remote areas due to its ability to use retail batteries (D-cells) and communicate reliably through simple telephony.

Contributed by: Steven D. Brewer

NeXT Cube

After Steve Jobs left Apple, he started NeXT to build high-end computer workstations. They were expensive and didn't achieve commercial success. Early versions, like this one, had neither a floppy nor a hard-drive and, instead, used an odd magneto-optical disk.

NeXT was ultimately purchased by Apple and its operating system, NeXT Step formed the basis of MacOS X.

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wild Web, used a NeXT computer for software development which became the world's first web server.

Contributed by: Brett Longworth

Original George

Contributed by: George Drake

Raspberry Pi

Contributed by: Biology Department

Apple II C

Contributed by: Joe Kunkel

Macintosh

Contributed by: Tom Hoogendyk

Indigo iMac

Contributed by: Biology Department

Slate Tablet

Inscribed by its contributor with the statement "Your new information technology may become obsolete". According to Wikipedia, the use of writing slates dates back to the 14th century, but became the primary tool in the classroom for students in the 19th century and remained so until the 1930s.

Contributed by: Rodger Gwiazdowski

HP Programmable Calculator

Contributed by: George Drake

Mechanical Calculator

Core Memory

Contributed by: George Drake

Wafer of 386 Microprocessors

Contributed by: Chris Woodcock

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