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TOP500 List - June 1999

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To think that was just 24 years ago...

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To think that was just 24 years ago...

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You'd think that by 1995 anyone could see the writing on the wall. The WWW existed, browsers and e-commerce were in their infancy, and millions of people had personal computers.

 

With regards to the newspaper prediction: oddly enough, the New York Times website went online just one year later.


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Way back in 1969

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Check out this sad Hot Wheels computer straight from the '90s where it belongs. It's almost as cute as all those ugly beige box computers.


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TIL the first thing ever bought and sold across the Internet was a bag of marijuana. In 1971 or 1972, students at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory used ARPANET—the earliest iteration of the Internet—to arrange a marijuana deal with their counterparts at the MIT


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What became of virtual reality anyway? - November 14th, 2007

Wait wait....You mean virtual reality tech that's NOT crap? - January 23rd, 2008

Next Year’s E3 - Virtual Reality? - July 20th, 2008
What ever happened to virtual reality? - November 3rd, 2009
Whatever happend to "Virtual Reality"? - July 29th, 2010
Whatever Happened to ... Virtual Reality? - October 22nd, 2010

 

 

Here's a funny comment on VR and who will get to see it, from April 6th, 2009


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A high-end computer from 1989

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All for the very affordable price of (adjusting for inflation) $17,500! Weird that PCs wouldn't become mainstream until the 90s and 2000s.
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I actually found this on a post from /r/Vive titled "When someone says "VR is too expensive to become mainstream" I show them this picture"


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"It will never become obsolete"

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Modern computers are literally a trillion times more powerful, but it's still not obsolete, oh boy.


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1979 comes back for seconds with this electric brick.


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Let's jump back a full generation.

 

One BYTE of RAM from 1946

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HOLY ENIAC.


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ENIAC Documentary. This digital computer from 1946 was actually ahead of its time.

 

The Transistor: a 1953 documentary, anticipating its coming impact on technology


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2,000 Year Old Computer - Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism
Here's a substantial documentary on humanity's first known computer, dating back 2,300 years.


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Blast from the past from 1996
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Reddit thread:
https://www.reddit.c..._they_had_14hz/
 

And hardware will continue to be the bottleneck for software.
 
That's just how it goes.
 
Pretty neat though, how from 1996 they were looking at 10-14fps , and now a little over a two decade we have consistent 60, 90, and even 120 fps displays.

 

Time aside, FPS isn't really a linear indicator of performance.
 
If we look at actual pixels pumped, it's insane, in 1996, the ATI Rage 1 was basically the graphics card of the day. The memory bandwidth of a Rage 1 was ~ 480 MBPs, the Memory bandwidth of a 2080ti (20 years later) has a memory bandwidth of 616gbps, over 100x faster.
 
That 14fps, if we were rendering the same thing today, would easily crack 1500fps.


A computer may render its display at no more than ten fps"


It seems to imply that computers did it even worse.

In the 90's there were "Virtuality" VR arcade machines though, and they could do VR at a whopping 20fps. However, those were big and expensive purpose-built machines with games optimized for them. It's not unlikely that the average gaming PC would not perform as well.

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Punch cards for the 1950 Census at the US National Archives and Records Adminstration warehouse. About 4GB.
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Bill Gates Thinks Steve Jobs Cast Spells On People - Here's What He Meant and Why It Matters

 

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(LinkedIn) Talented leaders are quick to recognize other talented leaders. It wasn’t surprising when, on a recent appearance on Fareed Zakaria GPS, Bill Gates discussed the inspirational leadership of his contemporary, Steve Jobs.

 

Gates revealed that he has never met a person who rivaled Jobs’ ability for, “picking talent and hyper-motivating that talent.

 

But Gates added nuance to his praise of Jobs, referring to the Apple founder as a “wizard” who “cast spells on people,” mesmerizing employees with his vision and captivating the public. That ability to enchant people enabled Jobs to push his team to work arduous hours and withstand withering criticism from the founder.

 

“I was like a minor wizard because he would be casting spells, and I would see people mesmerized, but because I’m a minor wizard, the spells don’t work on me,” said Gates.

Gates calling Jobs a wizard is a great metaphor for his ability to inspire others and get the most out of them.

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