Shutdown: You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

"Blinky SMASH!"

I’m not gonna lie, based on my experiences with old computers, I really don’t want to be anywhere near one when it gets angry. It’s a scary concept. Particularly if that computer weighs three or four tons and has more machinery, moving parts and hydraulics than your average bulldozer.

[Image source: Flickr]

  • Right, so when I get fed up, I won't do a Linux boot, I'll get a Burrough's B200. Noted.
    Well, it may be a B201 by now…

  • tonyola

    Woo! 4.8 Kbytes memory. Can read 1,600 punchcards per minute. Wonder how many truckloads of cards I'd need to install Windows 7. For those with too much time on their hands, you can get the manual for this 1964 wonder (along with a whole bunch of other old computer manuals) at,7063.

    • dwegmull

      This sounds like a very dangerous website… I will stay away from it as I have a few other things to attend to this weekend…

  • bzr


    Quick, we need to escape the Interzone!

  • I would love to see a deathmatch between Blinkster here and HAL. Was HAL even angry?

    As an aside. I just googled HAL. You know what companies uses HAL as its stock letters? Oh, I totally suggest you find out!

    • Deartháir

      Hungarian Air Lines?
      Harmonic Audio Labs?
      Hairy Adult Llamas?

      • Aren't all adult llamas hairy?

        …Now I googled hairless adult llamas. Boy, I should not have done that.

    • dwegmull

      Nice. By the way, at the risk of redundancy, HAL is IBM minus (1, 1, 1) (think ASCII code).

  • Charles_Barrett

    You can tell from the photo he's already angry… look how red some of his buttons have gotten…!

  • So what's the ending to this story? Did the angry young computer become a mellow old man? Did his anger cause him to shit on his boss' desk and he wound up a drug-addled hobo living in a van down by a river? How did this end?!

    • bzr

      He was punk rock until punk rock got him.