Hacker tea (was Re: Late Nights and Caffeine)

From: Max Eskin <max82_at_surfree.com>
Date: Tue Aug 17 23:04:49 1999

On Tue, 17 Aug 1999, LordTyran wrote:
>On Tue, 17 Aug 1999, Richard Erlacher wrote:
>> So . . . Linux will use the parallel port to turn on the coffee maker, but
>> who'll fetch, measure, mix, and grind the beans? When does it clean out the
>> coffee pot and put the old coffee in the house-plants? What about the
>> filter? Hmmmm?
>That's what the robotic arm on the second parallel port is for!

Has anyone here seen Brazil? It's an excellent black comedy by Terry
Gilliam. Anyway, near the beginning, there is shown an automated routine
helping the main character get up. A TV pops out of the wall, a ball falls
and plugs the bathtub while the taps turn on, two pieces of bread pop out
of a toaster, and the coffee machine pours coffee on them. You have to see

As pertaining to classic computers, the movie also has a brilliant parody
of computers. They look like very old-fashioned teletypes with a bare (the
entire CRT and circuitry is open to view) screen about 4" diagonal
enlarged by a huge flat magnifying glass. Again, you have to see it...

 --Max Eskin (max82_at_surfree.com)
Received on Tue Aug 17 1999 - 23:04:49 BST

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