punch card web access?

From: Fred Cisin <cisin_at_xenosoft.com>
Date: Thu Feb 12 13:12:25 2004

> > You know what would be *really* cool (and expensive, and useless...) is
> > to interface a punch card read/writer so you can punch a google request
> > card, run it, and have it punch the URLS back out on cards, or print on
> > paper. Sort of a mixture of far ends of the tech spectrum. It'd make a
> > great 2 minute sound bite on TechTV.
> Oh, what fun!
> I'll put that down as Project #327 in the list of Whimsical Things to do
> with Old Computers.

About 10 years ago, Cliff Stoll ("Cuckoo's Egg", "Silicon Snake Oil")
visited my office, and told me about a project that he wanted to do of
making an EAM (electro-mechanical) web server, using "cardboard
technology" (punched cards and paper tape).

I gave him a badly damaged core module, a few boxes of cards
and a manual punch.

I don't think that he ever got around to completing his project,
but he was just crazy enough to try.

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin_at_xenosoft.com
Received on Thu Feb 12 2004 - 13:12:25 GMT

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