Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 12th Sep 2011 22:41 UTC
Humor I usually write about topics like operating systems and computer refurbishing. Today let's ditch that trivial stuff and tackle something really important like... How have computers and operating systems been portrayed on TV and in films? It's time we seek our inner geek. With this hearty sign of approval we're on our way...
Thread beginning with comment 489293
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
UNIX in Jurassic Park
by RavinRay on Tue 13th Sep 2011 02:33 UTC
RavinRay
Member since:
2005-11-26

In that dino-movie, when John Hammond's grandkids were trying to the park's system online, the girl was at a console and she said "It's a UNIX workstation. I know this", then the point-of-view shifted the monitor with a 3D virtualization of the park buildings as she navigated her way to activate the security. I don't think it helped push familiarity with UNIX to the audience in general though.

Reply Score: 2

RE: UNIX in Jurassic Park
by sankazim on Tue 13th Sep 2011 12:27 in reply to "UNIX in Jurassic Park"
sankazim Member since:
2008-11-11

That was a cool scene, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFUlAQZB9Ng&feature=related, showing SGI File System Navigator experiment.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[2]: UNIX in Jurassic Park
by foregam on Wed 14th Sep 2011 19:51 in reply to "RE: UNIX in Jurassic Park"
foregam Member since:
2010-11-17

Looks like SGI still has fans in the industry. In a Korean series called "Iris" the bad guys use Irix and the good guys something OS/2-ey (or DOSey):
http://i51.tinypic.com/20r3bkx.png
http://i53.tinypic.com/ic2z9v.png
http://i56.tinypic.com/1zcprwn.png
http://i52.tinypic.com/2arqt2.png
http://i53.tinypic.com/21kgqi0.png

Notice the vaguely Uplinky interface of the first computer and the "Comanche" directory on the second, full of appropriately named files like MISSION.DTA. My guess is someone was playing "Comanche: Over the Edge" in the coffee break ;)

Edited 2011-09-14 19:52 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE: UNIX in Jurassic Park
by bert64 on Tue 13th Sep 2011 12:37 in reply to "UNIX in Jurassic Park"
bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

That program was called FSN, and ran on irix... You can actually download a copy if you have an old sgi box to run it on.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[2]: UNIX in Jurassic Park
by sankazim on Tue 13th Sep 2011 12:56 in reply to "RE: UNIX in Jurassic Park"
sankazim Member since:
2008-11-11

Yes, just the pure binary. When few years ago I've got my hands on a SGI Infinite Reality 2, I had not the occasion to try it.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE: UNIX in Jurassic Park
by zima on Tue 13th Sep 2011 15:59 in reply to "UNIX in Jurassic Park"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It wasn't really a visualisation of buildings; just a 3D view of folders and files hierarchy (only somewhat analogous to physical layouts of the park)

One can download a free software clone of fsn, running on pretty much any *nix ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_System_Visualizer ), one which seems (hardly anybody can directly compare it with fsn) more polished and somewhat useful - say, when trying to quickly get the idea about sizes of directories (not like 2D graphs aren't probably more practical also in this case)

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[2]: UNIX in Jurassic Park
by SustainedHavoc on Thu 15th Sep 2011 19:10 in reply to "RE: UNIX in Jurassic Park"
SustainedHavoc Member since:
2011-09-15

Not the focus of the movie(this requires ignoring a BJ from Demi Moore) was the VR file system in 'Disclosure'. Pretty cool for the mid '90's.

Reply Parent Score: 1