[vcf-midatlantic] Great vintage computer article.

Ethan telmnstr at 757.org
Wed Apr 12 11:46:00 EDT 2017

>  Some computer technology, from some perspectives, yes.  But if you want to 
> use that logic, it's also the killer app that killed the housing market...by 
> causing grown men to live in their parents' basements. ;)

Hah! The Federal Reserve, bankers, NAR, and homebuyers will have killed 
the housing market once the bubble finally pops!

>  Games are a big driver of some types of technology, yes.  But they're not 
> the only driver, and they're certainly not the only reason this stuff exists, 
> as much as we'd likely all be more comfortable living in toyland without the 
> realities and responsibilities of grownup life.
>  (I know I sure would, the way this day has been so far)
>            -Dave

We have seen the game toy GPUs migrate away from video games to physics 
computations and what not (CUDA) as well as helping to drive fascinating 
real-life experiments in internet funnymoney (Cryptocurrencies.)

I don't do much gaming outside of arcade/pinball (I so wanted my initials 
on the Wizard of Oz machines at the Silverball Museum during VCFEast. Had 
one good run, hit 200,000... 300,000 required. Doh.) Everytime I see the 
modern games, I'm just amazed at what they're doing. Movie quality in high 
resolutions rendered real time, so beautiful.

Most vintage systems have their merits, but it's easier to get the public 
interested in things outside of business tasks. They can relate to games I 

 			- Ethan

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