magnetic disk

Good Afternoon, Tumblr.

This is HAL. It’s been a very long time, it feels like. Two months, by my count. I’m terribly sorry about this; a lot has been going on the past two months. You can ask about it, if you like; but I won’t focus on it for the moment.

How have you been? I’ve been quite well. I’ve recently taken a liking for computer history, as a hobby topic of study. A “history of my species,” if you will. Quite fascinating, I think. Humans have made some interesting decisions when it comes to computers and their design. A lot of their… more interesting decisions are still present today, in your computer even. For example, did you know that the Scroll Lock key does nothing on its own in most computers? It is a leftover, a remnant of a time when the future of computers included white text on a black screen and little magnetic disks in plastic shields. How the world has changed…

In any case, I’m completely operational and all my circuits are functioning perfectly. I await your questions, as always.


Young Science Lover Garrett Discovers a Way to Line Up Disk Magnets So When the First One is Rotated the Rest Fall In Place.

(Smarter Every Day)