Computers from 1969 [Image]


Those are computers from 1969 that were damaged via civil unrest against racism at Sir George Williams University:

Arising from a conflict over student charges of racism, there were sit-ins, occupations, negotiations, hearings, culminating on February 11 in a fire that destroyed the Computer Center. There was $2 million damage to the Computer Center; 97 people were arrested (69 were SGW students), and 12 minors were charged in juvenile court.

Is it just me or do they look like fancy record players?

[via jeannaimard]

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  • greg

    Those ARE hard drives. They look identical to the ones the Navy used in the Poseidon and Trident 1 fire control systems (ours were configured differently, being housed in a different cabinet). Even the rows of modules are the same, we called them “NAFI” modules.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    Random factoid:

    The first successful commercially available hard drive was launched by IBM in 1956. It weighed in at over 1 ton and held a whopping 5 MB of data.

  • Madhamish

    They’re actually Platter Drives, they were interchangeable and came with a plastic cover which had a central locking/transport handle. From the look of the units I’d say maybe Sperry or DEC. Anybody got any ideas?

  • GrandadBob

    No they are not. I bought a Dragon 32 computer (32Kb) in 1982 which was more powerful than anything that was available ten or more years earlier.

  • stephan

    Those are HARD DRIVES baby!

  • ChipMcK3

    But the BILLIONs of terabytes they hold.
    PCs think 5 TB is huge. LOL LOL LOL