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Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   3/8/2012 11:14:11 PM
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Charles – you just brought back an old treasured memory. I got up at the crack of dawn and paid $75.00 at the first Saturday sidewalk sale in Dallas (when it was still under the bridge) for a 286 motherboard when they first came out – a fortune to a poor student like me at the time. Those were the good old days when not everything was integrated on one board and we would build our own computers and adding the serial and parallel ports we wanted and if the video card was blown we just replaced the card and not the board...it was always important to see how many slots were available for adding cool stuff. Windows were still just to look through back then...took me years to get over DOS – hard to get over your first love ;)

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Charles Murray   3/8/2012 10:08:14 PM
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Nancy, you've convinced me. I've now got Space Cowboys on my list of movies to watch.

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Nancy Golden   2/29/2012 11:22:32 PM
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Well, I wasn't going to mention it but now that I see Armageddon in the mix, I loved Space Cowboys. A great cast, Clint Eastwood plays a retired engineer that is the only one who can repair an archaic computer onboard a Soviet satellite (hey, what is American technology doing onboard a Soviet satellite – the plot thickens...) along with Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner, all retired test pilots that train to go on the shuttle as part of a deal Clint makes with his old nemesis at NASA. A comedy drama with a few sub plots that add interest, it may not get very technical but it is an enjoyable watch.

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Rob Spiegel   2/28/2012 11:26:54 AM
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Yes that is amazing. I would assume there was mainframe help in the Houston facility. Technology has advanced incredibly since the 1960s, Even so, our most impressive technological feat -- getting to the moon -- occurred with technology that looks relatively primitive now. 

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Charles Murray   2/27/2012 9:01:36 PM
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Rob: What's equally amazing about the 1960s space missions was the incredible lack of computing power. In retrospect, it's amazing to think that the engineering teams back then would have been ecstatic to have 286-level computing capability on board.

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Rob Spiegel   2/23/2012 1:15:57 PM
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You're right, Chuck. The whole point of that movie was the engineering problem and solution. What I found fascinating about Apollo 13 was the bubble gum and scotch tape aspects to the original engineering as well as the solution. By today's standards, the early spacecrafts were made out of household items.

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Charles Murray   2/22/2012 7:42:47 PM
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So, fatmnonabicycle, you're saying the undercarriage legs were torn off in the crash and then magically reappeared later? Now I want to re-watch that movie.

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Charles Murray   2/22/2012 7:40:32 PM
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Rob: Everyone has their favorite engineering movies, but I agree with you about Apollo 13. That movie is one of the rare few that actually IS about engineering. And it shows the engineers as the heroes.

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Rob Spiegel   2/16/2012 3:57:53 PM
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Didn't know that detail about The Right Stuff, Chuck. Another good engineering movie is Apollo 13. About a third of the way into the movie, the whole story becomes an engineering problem and solution.

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fatmanonabicycle   2/13/2012 9:54:13 AM
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As was the pilot of the Phoenix in the original "Flight of the Phoenix", I believe.

 

By the way, did anyone else notice inthe excellent remake, how both undercarriage legs were torn off in the crash, and yey but a few minutes later.....

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