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Do You Remember These?

Posted by Scott Kirsner  August 10, 2009 11:38 AM

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If you've been around computers long enough, you may remember sprocketed printer paper, and the act of printing out a computer program to debug it (or just to have a copy for safe-keeping.)

The stack of z-fold computer paper pictured above is currently on display at the MIT Museum, where there's a small exhibit that celebrates the role that MIT engineers played in the Apollo program. It lists the assembly language code that helped American astronauts reach the moon: a true geek artifact. There's also a video at the museum that talks about MIT's collaboration with Raytheon to design and build the guidance and navigation system that helped the Apollo spacecraft find their way to the moon (and return home). The exhibit is there until September 13th.

And for those more impressed with role-playing games than space travel, the World of Warcraft pod, also designed at MIT, is on display nearby.

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1 comments so far...
  1. and computer punch cards for everything, bills, and grades...........

    Posted by jb August 11, 09 02:46 AM
 

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