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The ghost of technology past.

My first introduction to connection, technology, and computing was the PDP11 at my high school. The PDP11 was a remote terminal connected to a mainframe. In the case of our High School, it was connected to the IBM mainframe at Indiana University. We were allowed around 1 hour per day to upload our program and well wait for the results. Back then if you made a mistake, you could lose two or three days. Plus we had a timeclock, and there was no negotiation. Finally, you also had to be nice to one of three teachers that had the key to the room where the PDP11 was stored. The system was dog slow, and the results from then are less than you get on a cell phone now.

The ghost of technology past must have visited me in my sleep yesterday. I woke up this morning trying to remember what the keyboard on a PDP11 looked like. I did not, hop on eBay and see if I could buy one. Or for that matter buy a goose for a family down the street (I donโ€™t grill goose on the grill or cook it in the oven. They tend to flame on, flame off like the human torch when cooked wrong). The reason I suspect was working through and removing several items from the home network. Over time things tend to gather in our basement, and I am working on getting rid of things.  I do wonder, however, if the ghost of technology now will visit me tonight.

Or better the ghost of technology tomorrow the night after.

There are some future state things I will be interested in. The ever-growing impact of the AndroidTV OS. The reality of larger and larger cell phones. We were going smaller a smaller for the longest time, so much so that they even made fun of small phones on TV. Suddenly the screen size increased year after year. Eventually, your phone will incorporate a heads-up display (your glasses) to simulate a 100-inch screen. The actual phone will be integrated into the watch you wear. Oh yeah, and letโ€™s get Tiny Tim a goose!

  • Do you wish there really was a technology easy button?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you ever seen a PDP11?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you ever heard of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Bull was a mainframe computer?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Bull was a mainframe computer maker?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. Nada, zilch, zero idea of majority of what you talked about. And honestly, didn’t know how the goose fit in in the story ??? haven’t eaten a goose yet. What I do with geese is to quack back and try to chase them hoping, of course, they will not chase me back ?

  2. Users voted 6 times.
    Q: DO YOU WISH THERE REALLY WAS A TECHNOLOGY EASY BUTTON?
    Yes (7 votes) – 88%
    No (1 votes) – 13%
    Q: HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A PDP11?
    Yes (1 votes) – 14%
    No (6 votes) – 86%
    Q: HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION (DEC)?
    Yes (2 votes) – 33%
    No (4 votes) – 67%
    Q: BULL WAS A MAINFRAME COMPUTER?
    Yes (3 votes) – 50%
    No (3 votes) – 50%
    Q: BULL WAS A MAINFRAME COMPUTER MAKER?
    Yes (3 votes) – 50%
    No (3 votes) – 50%

  3. Nice post DocAndersen. The ghost of technology visits everyone. My two cents.

    I wish my mobile phone is integrated to my car key. Whenever I carelessly keep my car key somewhere and start searching for it, this thought occurs to me. Why can’t I call and locate my car key through the ring tone?

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