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Old 06-26-2013, 11:03 PM
 
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This is the computer from the movie 'WarGames' with Mathew Broderick.

This tech was before my time, but I would love to own it. Don't think i'll be spending $25K on it though.

The "Wargames IMSAI"
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:18 AM
 
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Just reading part of it, I was reminded why I feel about Hollywood the way that I do. Then I got to this and my eyes rolled back in my head...

The display went back to the fellow who built it (see below). To correct Sellam [Ismail], it was not a backlit liquid crystal display, it was a flourescent matrix, similar to a lot of segmented alphanumeric displays at the time. It was essentially a large flat glass envelope with some sort of noble gas and some sort of anode/cathode arrangement/addressing scheme that made individual dots glow. (Damn! That's it! The guy who designed and built that display was Lowell Noble! He died a few years back, but he was another great guy. If I remember correctly, I think that one of Lowell's contributions to life on Earth was as a member of the team that designed the tritium trigger that made fusion bombs possible. Always hard to square with my experience of him.)

Do a favor and post your link in the movies forum.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:06 AM
 
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Sorry if you were offended somehow Harry. Not my intention.

I just always wanted IMSAI 8080, and WarGames was one of my favorite movies when I was a little kid.

Anyway, I am studying computer science in graduate school and I collect old worthless crap like this. It's fun finding old Commodores on Ebay, stuff like that.

IMSAI 8080 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:36 AM
 
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Don't lose any sleep over offending Harry, we all try to do it at least once a week.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:36 AM
 
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Heck, I do it myself! Not a problem.

The article just reminded me of the petty bickering, posturing, and ego-on steroid mentalities of many of the players. "It was MY toy they used!" "No, it was MY toy, poopypants!!!" I did like the quote from Badham about his lack of concern for Burger King and how he claimed to arrive at the name. There are other acronym names like "STOMPER" that would have fit his explanation better, and I suspect he was doing word play on some connotations and common usages of whopper instead, but if that's his story and he was sticking to it, it is just a smile.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:13 PM
 
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We should all chip in a few bucks and buy it as a gift to Dreadnought after all it is only .......$25K???


Blahhhh! Forget it!


I don't even know the guy.

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