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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Much of the humor in these signs was their intentionally incorrect language. Computer jargon Computer humor.


May 19, at 1: Mine was like one of the tall racks, and my teletype looked the same sgin the one in the picture. Patriot Test Language was written in octal.

I could use various colors to show various kinds of memory: Every year, near the end of the semester, I give a very brief intro to OS starting with a picture of a PDP-8 and a story about my crazy classmates who used to sign up for computer time like a racquet ball court.

I was on a service call to a moderately large home in central Phoenix to repair a stereo system. Several computer components, such as the Ballistix Tactical Tracer memory modules [3] from Crucial Technology and the NVidia Titan GTX, [4] have user-controllable lights that can be configured to show useful information, such as the memory capacity used and the temperature of the components.

It has been seen on many artifacts of modern office machinery as well, most notably photocopiers. Now that dinosaurs are rare, this term usually refers to status lights on a modem, network hub, or the like. The result was a dynamic plot of what areas of memory were executing code. Employees had 24 hr access to all the machines, with no sign-up sheets!


This article brings back memories and some tears. The PDP-8 had only one general register, called the accumulator. September 20, at A few years later the ill-fated BeBox a personal computer designed to run the BeOS operating system featured twin rows of blinkenlights on the case front. October 31, at 6: The bits and digits in the earliest mechanical and vacuum tube -based computers were typically large, small in number, making it easy to see and often hear activity.

Das machine ist nicht fer gerfingerpoken und mittengraben…. Retrieved from ” https: The name of this light installation gave the title to the project itself and serves as a brand for all our future activities. A highlight of my junior high years was a visit to the old mill at DEC headquarters in MaynardMass.

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Just an example of how memes spread before the Internet. Thus having to boot up and load up programs everytime. August 30, at 9: I took the cover off and had it sideways against the back of my desk, so the expansion bus was exposed, and I put in a wire-wrap board so I could add blinlenlights own circuits. As such, the sign is generally comprehensible by many English speakers regardless of whether they have any fluency in German.

But the most fundamental fact is that there are very few signals slow enough to blink an LED these days! The obvious reasons cost of wiring, cost of front-panel cutouts, almost nobody needs or wants to interpret machine-register states on the fly anymore are only part of the story.

Relaxen und watchen das blinkenlights. What lights?

Das machine ist nicht fer gerfingerpoken und mittengraben. 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. Relaxen und watchen das blinkenlights. June 16, at 8: 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.


Offline meant using one of the 2 other standalone teletypes to punch a program onto a paper tape.

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

The geeks’ guide to world domination 1st ed. Calvin Hsia’s WebLog says: This means the instruction pointer and any memory accesses for data would show on the plot.

You might also want to follow us on Twitter: It occupied several wall cabinets, and has two tape readers and two punches for peripherals. These could be used for diagnosing or “single-stepping” a halted machine, but even with the machine operating normally, a skilled operator could interpret the high-speed blur blunkenlights the lamps to tell which section of a large program was executing, whether the program was caught in an endless loopand so on.

I copied it down in my note pad and shared it often. The irony of all this? So all the “lefthanders” stay away and do not disturben the brainstorming von here working intelligencies. Ist blinoenlights snappen der springenwerk sigj, und corkenpoppin mit spitzensparken.

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