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RAND Corp's 1954 Model of a 2004 Home Computer (Hoax)

Scott McNealy, CEO of SUN Microsystems, without realizing it was a hoax, used this photo in a trade show presentation. Supposedly from a 1954 issue of Popular Mechanics showing what a home computer would look like in 2004, this photo, like all good hoaxes, just begs to be forwarded via e-mail to all your friends. has the details about this and other hoaxes. [via business2blog]
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  • Sean,
    You never looked so good.

    By Blogger KLKblog, at 10:05 AM  

  • Actually, the picture is not that far off the mark.
    The home computer shown has a tv screen (monitor) a keyboard, a printer, and a processor - rather large by todays standards. Not too different in my view.

    Same goes for cars: in 1900 they were boxes on four wheels. In 2005 they are still boxes on four wheels.

    Perhaps we should not be so smug about "progress"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:42 AM  

  • Yeah, and my PC also has a stearing wheel. Do you think Rand knew that Need for Speed would be such a big hit too?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:29 AM  

  • I am way too familiar with the Maneuvering Room area. That was my watch station for 7 Boomer patrols. It's weird seeing it again.

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    By Anonymous, at 3:39 AM  

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