First up, have a look at what a 5Mb flash drive looked like in 1956. :-) Greg calculated it could store the equivalent of 63,000 punched cards.
And now, for anyone casting about for a challenge during their time off, a quiz about fictional computers which I nicked from a local SF magazine. I will publish the answers in a day or two. No cheating and looking answers up! I will confess that I only knew five.
Quiz: Computers in SF
In one of the earliest fictional descriptions of a device analogous to a personal computer, in a 1946 short story by Murray Leinster, it was called a 'Logic'. What was its name? Who programmed the Hal-9000? Who designed a computer-like device called the Prime Radiant to store the psychohistorical equations determining the future development of humanity? What was the name of the Liberator’s computer in Blake’s 7? Which original series Star Trek episode featured an experimental computer designated M5? What is the name of the magically powered and self-building computer housed at the Unseen University? In which TV series was a biotech computer named TIM a major character?
- What was the name of the ship computer of the Axiom in WALL-E?
ANGEL 1 and ANGEL 2, the Ancillary Guardians of Environment and Life, are the control computers of the starship Challenger in which radio series? What is the name of the extraterrestrial computer installed in the attic of Sarah Jane Smith's home in The Sarah Jane Adventures?
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