Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 13th Oct 2011 22:14 UTC
Humor Last month we discussed how computers are portrayed in cultural icons like Lost in Space, Star Trek, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, and -- of course! -- that lost gem, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. This article continues this essential exploration of American culture with more probing profiles of computers on TV and in the movies.
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Computor
by righard on Thu 13th Oct 2011 23:48 UTC
righard
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2007-12-26

It's always funny to see how old films tread computers as mysterious living machines. Like the episode "Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40" (I know that title by hearth...neh, I looked it up) from the Avengers. A computer doctor needs to perform surgery on a computer so he can tell who murdered another computer.

I think I remember them calling it a computor in that episode.

In real life I was got hit by a teacher because I clicked on an icon while the cursor was still an hourglass. It was very bad because the computer was still thinking and it could damage from stress if I ordered it around to much.

Edited 2011-10-13 23:57 UTC

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RE: Computor
by Bringbackanonposting on Thu 13th Oct 2011 23:54 in reply to "Computor"
Bringbackanonposting Member since:
2005-11-16

In real life I was got hit by a teacher because I clicked on an icon while the cursor was still an hour glass. It was very bad because the computer was still thinking and it could damage from stress if I ordered it around to much.


That's real life right there. As I am a support person I would hazard a guess that 90% of people that call me for support "actually" believe that their computers need to warm up and have time to think.

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RE: Computor
by MacTO on Thu 13th Oct 2011 23:58 in reply to "Computor"
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2006-09-21

How old were you at the time?

While it is possible that the teacher was completely ignorant, it was also very easy to lock-up old software. Which, in turn, could mean powering it down without shutting it down. Which, in turn, could lead to data corruption.

So, if you were very young, they may have simplified their explanation.

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RE[2]: Computor
by righard on Fri 14th Oct 2011 00:23 in reply to "RE: Computor"
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

I was very young at the time, about eight but she wouldn't hit me if that was the case because she'd be aware that the thing I did was harmless. Also the same women thought, when the mouse broke down, that the pointer got out of the edges of the screen somehow and that you had to try and search it back. She'd spend quite some time randomly moving the mouse in vain.

Edited 2011-10-14 00:33 UTC

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