small group work in the Media Archaeology Lab

Each group has been assigned a specific machine. After you’ve had a bit of time to familiarize yourself with your machine, you will quickly give a demo to the class by covering these points:

  1. What’s the name of your machine?
  2. What year was it manufactured?
  3. How much did it cost then and how much would that be in 2015? (Search online for inflation calculators.)
  4. Can you think of anything you can do with your assigned machine that you cannot do with your own contemporary computer? This could be anything from functionalities built into the keyboard to the way the machine is designed to be opened up and tinkered with to the affordances of a command-line interface to the affordances of certain programs or games.

Group 1: Apple IIe
Group 2: Altair 8600b
Group 3: Canon Cat
Group 4: Commodore 64
Group 5: Vectrex

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