29 June 2012 @ 07:14 pm
Computer/Science/Space ads, 1950s  
Univac (Remington Rand Univac), 1956

youre-trying-to-divide-by-zero

Three more!  (IBM, Convair, 1950s)

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John Holtonjohn_holton on June 30th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
Univac eventually became Sperry Univac, then merged with Burroughs to form Unisys. They missed a great chance to name the company Sperroughs... Typically the message "You tried to divide by zero" was accompanied by a 200-300 page core dump.

What memories...

luke_russellluke_russell on July 1st, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
hahahaha, 300 page core dump. The first computer I work with was a Burroughs 6500. What a beast. The air conditioning required could have powered a 747.
John Holtonjohn_holton on July 3rd, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
So you know ALGOL? I worked with the large systems (6700/7700/6800).
luke_russellluke_russell on July 3rd, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
hahahaha, I *KNEW* ALGOL at one time! And COBOL. And SNOBAL. We mostly did engineering stuff, though, so were doing our work in FORTRAN, of which most of that too is forgotten. "Do loops" hahahahaha
Lardvarkcionaudha on June 30th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
These are great! Back when Human!Endeavor was upwards and outwards, and we all dressed like grownups.
My name is Freezer and my anti-drug is pornfreezer on June 30th, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
And now most of us have cell phones more powerful than all the computers in this post put-together.
bradygirl_12bradygirl_12 on June 30th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
Univac! He was a robot on The Jetsons for one episode. ;)
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