02 March 2008 @ 05:42 pm
You Can Count on This Being Big & Expensive!  
Women's Day October 1973...

Check out how big this calculator is in his hand...it looks the size of a VHS tape! yet they say it's mini-size...

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Leighton Rhymes with Satanleighton on March 2nd, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
With such huge processing power, I'd be afraid to engage a square root calculation. It might burn human skin.

In his hands, I'm also glad it's not called the Rapeman Electronic Calculator:

thudpucker: Full of crazy - aphchanthudpucker on March 2nd, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)

Bear in mind that when this was sold it was incredibly small and powerful. Just because it's sad next to what we have available now doesn't mean it wasn't awesome at the time. The world's first computer was less powerful than this and occupied a room the size of an aircraft hanger.

And the computer you're reading this on, now, will look laughably antiquated in twenty years, and your kids will point at the cutting edge ads we're reading today and laugh their lungs up :)

nokomarienokomarie on March 3rd, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
It was actually a pretty cool machine at the time with an eight point display with a floating decimal. The one we had in 1970 was a Texas instrument model that cost $300 initially and fell by 50% each succeeding year.

You could find square roots but it was a three step operation and a bit of a secret. So secret that I don't recall how to do it now.
nokomarienokomarie on March 3rd, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
Crap. I meant this as a general reply. Oh, well.
thudpucker: SGA Evil Genuises unite-sqatlantislightthudpucker on March 3rd, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)

The first electronic calculator I ever saw was in the office at school. It was about a foot and a half square, close to a foot tall, and used those tube digit displays like these:

It was, hands down, the coolest thing I'd ever seen... and I'm still dumbfounded that someone went to the effort of developing those displays :)

nokomarie: squee!!nokomarie on March 3rd, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
That is so great!
thudpucker: Futurama Prof Zombie Jesus! - pouringicothudpucker on March 3rd, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)

If your talents run to the geek side, there's a company in Germany that makes kits. Look at the pictures in the gallery - some of them are incredible. I want to do a steampunk one :)

nokomarienokomarie on March 3rd, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
That is disturbingly geeky. I shall send it to my brother, who speakes German because he was born in Wiesbaden, but has never had to use it.
thudpucker: Futurama Coffee coffee coffee - aikonthudpucker on March 3rd, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)

They actually have an English section, well written and laid out - my guess is they realize how many geeks with too much spare cash live in the US :)

nokomarienokomarie on March 3rd, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Nah, they had to demonstrate their English skills. English is a pretty hard to learn language, you know.
onyx_noironyx_noir on March 3rd, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
It's still smaller than this one. She has to use both hands. :D

Kristina with a Ktanwen on March 3rd, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Rapidman. Maybe they're talking about Mr. Groceries there?
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