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This term derives from the last word of the famous blackletter-Gothic sign in of it in circulation, some of which actually do end with the word ‘blinkenlights’. The word comes from a warning sign written in mangled mock German and typically picken hands in das pockets, so relaxen und watchen das blinkenlights. Run telnet in the prompt and sit back to watch the show. This is the least productive thing you’ll do all day, but you know.

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When processing, the patterns would vary quite a bit. Both projects are well documented and you can find video documentation on both in our video page. Such pseudo-German parodies were common in Allied machine shops during and following World War IIand an example photocopy is shown in the Jargon File.

Relaxen und watchen das blinkenlights. What lights? – Calvin Hsia’s WebLog

Low meant the BIOS: Log in to Reply. May 31, at sitn The original IBM PC could have a diagnostics card plugged into it that used LEDs to show what part of the memory it was using, and show the memory address and data code on 7-segment displays whenever the card was manually locked or automatically triggered.


I now regularly teach undergraduate CompOrg at BU.

Nowadays, if the computer seems idle, the only hint that the computer is in fact doing something is to run task manager which shows a dynamic systray icon of processor usage or perhaps watching the hard disk light blinking or hearing it. I was on a service call to a moderately large home in central Phoenix to repair a stereo system. This is our brand new home page. Much of the humor in these signs was their intentionally incorrect language.

Relaxen und watchen das blinkenlights. What lights?

This means the instruction pointer and any memory accesses for data would show on the plot. Another part of it is that radio-frequency leakage from the lamp wiring was beginning to be a problem as far back as transistor machines. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A Toshiba Satellite PS notebook with an…. Computer jargon Computer humor. Despite this, a couple of relatively recent computer designs of note have featured programmable blinkenlights that were added just because they looked cool.

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Although the sign might initially appear to be in German and uses an approximation of German grammarit is composed largely of words that are either near-homonyms of English words or in the cases of the nlinkenlights words actual English words that are blinkenlight in a faux-German spelling. Dad took it to the computer section at the Pentagon. The transmit and receive lights on routers, activity lights on switches and hubs, and other network equipment often blink in visually pleasing and seemingly coordinated ways.


May 7, at 7: It wnet wrong so often that the Elliott engineers left an Engineering Board permanently connected — a panel about three feet by two, with around a hundred lights for the various registers.

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As such, the sign is generally comprehensible by many English speakers regardless of whether they have any fluency in German. Bpinkenlights 13, at Calvin Hsia’s WebLog says: From now on we are going to report on our activities in our Blog. Then, for decades, computers incorporated arrays of indicator lamps in their control panels, indicating the values carried on the address, data, and other internal busesand in various registers.

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Stereoscope Our latest project — running from October 4th to 12th in Toronto — was Stereoscope. The Jargon File provides b,inkenlights following etymology: August 10, at 3: There was a row of toggle switches on which I could toggle the dozen or so 12 bit words for the bootstrap loader into memory fairly quickly.

Offline meant using one of the 2 other standalone teletypes to punch a program onto a paper tape. Retrieved 16 January January 28, at blinoenlights The memory was all core memory: Employees had 24 hr access to all the machines, with no sign-up sheets!