Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th Apr 2008 16:29 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Every now and then, a computer comes along that makes a mark, that sets a trend, or that simply stuns you - but not because of its internals, its processor or its software, but because of its appearance. Through the history of computing, there have been a number of computers that were actually designed to appeal not just because of raw technology alone, but also because of stunning looks. Read on for a countdown of my ten most beautiful computers.
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pdp-11
by Geoff Gigg on Sun 13th Apr 2008 20:32 UTC
Geoff Gigg
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2006-01-21

Someone mentioned pdp-8. It was nice. I think DEC reached the peak of that line's clean design, inside and out, with the pdp-11. Here's a nice picture:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ee/Pdp-11-40.jpg

Have to second the Cray. Kept expecting that to be #1. Couldn't believe that was left off.

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RE: pdp-11
by rhyder on Sun 13th Apr 2008 21:08 in reply to "pdp-11"
rhyder Member since:
2005-09-28

That PDP-11 looks like the kind of computer you see in 1960s sci-fi/spy TV shows. If I had to do battle with one, I'd ask a challenging philosophical question to make it explode.

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RE[2]: pdp-11
by hhas on Sun 13th Apr 2008 21:36 in reply to "RE: pdp-11"
hhas Member since:
2006-11-28

Continuing the theme of grand old boxen, let's have some love for Olivetti's 1960s industrial design:

Ettore Sottsass's ELEA 9003:

http://img182.imageshack.us/img182/3249/expladonationettoresottsass...

Mario Bellini's TCV 250 terminal:

http://www.moma.org/images/collection/FullSizes/00043077.jpg

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RE: pdp-11
by hobgoblin on Sun 13th Apr 2008 23:35 in reply to "pdp-11"
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

now thats a computer! ;)

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RE: pdp-11
by sbergman27 on Mon 14th Apr 2008 00:46 in reply to "pdp-11"
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2005-07-24