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Every computer should have this button...

Every computer should have this button...

An "obey" button on an antique computer at the National Museum of Computing.

Bletchley Park, England
September 2008


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 12th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Hee! If it were a dalek, it could have an "exterminate" button!
Sep. 12th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Don't forget that every hard disk has a little tag which can be set to "master" or "slave" - the main one for every PC has to be the "master" so they get delusions of grandeur.
Sep. 12th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
If only there were a 'Do what I meant, not what I actually programmed' button, too...
Sep. 12th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
I'd settle for a "Do what I asked, not whatever idiotic and excruciatingly slow action will most piss me off" button.
Sep. 12th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
I've always had a fondness for the huge control switches in Gerry Anderson puppet shows. And those bombs with the word "Bomb" on the side.
Sep. 12th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
I rather like the "normal" button. What did it do when it was abnormal?
Sep. 12th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Much less sinister than 'Execute'.
Sep. 13th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
What worries me is that they had a special button for it to "obey" - does this mean in the normal course of affairs it did what IT wanted rather than what the operator wanted UNLESS you hit that button?
Sep. 16th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
I've just come back from giving an HCI lecture and so my first thought is what an excellent way of preventing accidental use of clear store and reset. Would you mind if I snaffle the photo for future lecturing use?

If Milton Keynes wasn't just a bit too far from the M4 for comfort I'd have been at Bletchley myself yesterday. Instead I went to see some slightly older computers - stonehenge and woodhenge. :)
Sep. 16th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
Of course not - I use a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons licence for precisely that sort of thing!
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