IBM - Copier 2 - (1975) 0:30 (USA)

(dodgy frames in the middle)

IBM Copier

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Dabitch's picture

It baffles me that "word processing" was so kewl as to become a tagline at the time.

Allan1's picture

1975 - Hmmm, you were what, Minus 4 years old back then? :-)

In '75, only professional mainframe and mini-computers were in use, with some hobbyists just starting to use/play with/program/etc. some micro-computers. The Altair 8800 was released in Jan. 1975, as a kit - for $395.00 (USD). This was without inputs or outputs, unless you count the toggle switches and lights. [Keyboards, displays, floppy disk controllers were all extras].

Word Processing was a new thing, one that IBM and others (Wang, etc.) were convincing the corporate world that it was a good thing. Word Processors were standalone, single purpose machines. My aunt worked for 15 years for the US government, doing Word Processing almost exclusively, using Wang and IBM standalone word processors.

Allan...
"Remember, no matter where you go... There you are." (Buckaroo Banzai).size>
"Hey, barkeep, 2 Rock Over Hip-Hops and 1 Bach Over Vivaldi with ice."size>

Dabitch's picture

In 1975 I breached the security of the R&D dept at IBM in in Research Triangle Park (RTP) North Carolina.

I was almost three.

(dude, they used lights at the doors to limit access to some areas, I just crawled under them. So damn obvious even a three year old could get in. Tssk!)

Allan1's picture

Sorry, I was off by 6-7 years. [Hey! Shouldn't you be thanking me for thinking that you're only 29 years old - instead of your actual age? :-) ]

Most people who were likely to be stealing secrets from IBM's R&D dept, back then, were not 2.5 feet tall, and very limber (as most real young ones are). They would have likely been noticed trying to slip under the lights (their feet probably would stick out far enough to be seen).

Allan...
"Remember, no matter where you go... There you are." (Buckaroo Banzai).size>
"Hey, barkeep, 2 Rock Over Hip-Hops and 1 Bach Over Vivaldi with ice."size>

Dabitch's picture

Hehehe, yeah I ruined that one. Sorry. I'm twenty nine! Oh yeah! W00t!

I remember from that incident at IBM that when someone carried me back to dad and told him they found me in the high security area, he beamed with pride. ;)

Dabitch's picture

I had forgotten about the Wang. Teeheehee.

jrliberto's picture

who knew that IBM was in the copier business at one time?

Allan1's picture

Us old folks! :-)