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  1. Guest

    In December 1985...This was in response to a SJMN calls for what the
    ideal computer would be. This was my submission




    The Dream Machine
    My dream machine would consist of a workststion with a full color 19"
    flat panel display with a megapixel resolution. This panel could be
    tilted and moved to mamy positions., yet would telescope neatly away in
    to the desk when not in use. The processor unit, tucked away in desk
    drawer, would be no longer than a shoebox, but would have the power of
    a VAX 8600. It would be linked via fiber optic cable to a large
    external database that would contain software, periodicals,
    films,reference materials, books, educational and instructional videos,
    and other information for which there was a demand. Multiple windows
    would allow several teleconference sites to be displayed in real time,
    while applications programs, say a spreadsheet and database, were
    running in other windows. Input would bew by voice recognition,
    wireless mouse, or keyboard.
    The Dream Machine would be able to run 99% of all software ever
    written and would become an industry standard. Capable of displaying
    broadcast quality, real time video in as many as eight windows, the
    dream machine would be more picture and motion oriented than today's
    machines that tend to produce static displays of text and pixels. For
    example, an architect could view a conceptual drawing of a building in
    one window while incorporating changes to the blueprints in another
    window. These changes would be instantly incorporated in to the
    conceptual picture, showing how these changes affect the appearance of
    the building.
    The Dream Machine would be able to receive and record data at a very
    high speed on the removable 3.5 in laser disk. For instance, one could
    record a 30 second educational video in 30 seconds by using the fiber
    optic link and digital compression. Data transfers such as this could
    take place in "off peak" hours for viewing at a later time.
    A home version would have a 40" "hang on the wall" display and be
    networked to the office unit, but it would have access to cable TV and
    recreational software. Video tapes would become obsolete as all
    released films and television shows would be available through the
    database. Windowing capability would enable the user to monitor
    several sporting events while teleconferencing with a friend in one of
    the other available windows.
    A machine such as this should satisfy almost everyone's need for data
    processing, information retrieval, communications, and home
    entertainment.

    MrNuke
    December 31, 1985
     
  2. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    Go to http://www2.leitch.com/ for the video and media portions, and then go
    to http://www.sun.com/products/ for the data processing systems.

    I am sure that they together can do what you want. They are doing this type
    of thing for very high end professionals, and users who can afford this type
    of thing.

    --

    Jerry G.
    ======


    In December 1985...This was in response to a SJMN calls for what the
    ideal computer would be. This was my submission




    The Dream Machine
    My dream machine would consist of a workststion with a full color 19"
    flat panel display with a megapixel resolution. This panel could be
    tilted and moved to mamy positions., yet would telescope neatly away in
    to the desk when not in use. The processor unit, tucked away in desk
    drawer, would be no longer than a shoebox, but would have the power of
    a VAX 8600. It would be linked via fiber optic cable to a large
    external database that would contain software, periodicals,
    films,reference materials, books, educational and instructional videos,
    and other information for which there was a demand. Multiple windows
    would allow several teleconference sites to be displayed in real time,
    while applications programs, say a spreadsheet and database, were
    running in other windows. Input would bew by voice recognition,
    wireless mouse, or keyboard.
    The Dream Machine would be able to run 99% of all software ever
    written and would become an industry standard. Capable of displaying
    broadcast quality, real time video in as many as eight windows, the
    dream machine would be more picture and motion oriented than today's
    machines that tend to produce static displays of text and pixels. For
    example, an architect could view a conceptual drawing of a building in
    one window while incorporating changes to the blueprints in another
    window. These changes would be instantly incorporated in to the
    conceptual picture, showing how these changes affect the appearance of
    the building.
    The Dream Machine would be able to receive and record data at a very
    high speed on the removable 3.5 in laser disk. For instance, one could
    record a 30 second educational video in 30 seconds by using the fiber
    optic link and digital compression. Data transfers such as this could
    take place in "off peak" hours for viewing at a later time.
    A home version would have a 40" "hang on the wall" display and be
    networked to the office unit, but it would have access to cable TV and
    recreational software. Video tapes would become obsolete as all
    released films and television shows would be available through the
    database. Windowing capability would enable the user to monitor
    several sporting events while teleconferencing with a friend in one of
    the other available windows.
    A machine such as this should satisfy almost everyone's need for data
    processing, information retrieval, communications, and home
    entertainment.

    MrNuke
    December 31, 1985
     
  3. CWatters

    CWatters Guest

    I think you missunderstand. He's quoting a letter he wrote in 1985 and
    wonders if this predicts the creation of the internet.

    It's certainly interesting. I think I would send a copy to one of the
    computer magazines and see if they are interested in publishing it.
     
  4. Actually, he's either trolling or publishing the thing himself. He's
    posted the same message to a bunch of newsgroups I read, newsgroup by
    newsgroup.

    1985 is pretty late to be claiming anything. Arpanet was well developed
    at that point, it was on the cusp of there being an internet. The Mac
    was in place, and much of what we use nowadays had been developed, at
    least in the lab. People had usenet, BBSs, and the original wave of
    online services.

    Micahel
     
  5. Bob Myers

    Bob Myers Guest

    Yes - it was mildly interesting, but that's about it. There was nothing
    in this letter that was particularly outrageous in terms of what a lot
    of other people were also predicting circa 1985, and some of the
    "dream machine" wishes are, as seen from today's perspective,
    laughably conservative.

    Bob M.
     
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