Some serious hardware

And here I was, thinking that the ASR-33 Teletype was an amazing piece of hardware... well, it still is, but I just found something that easily wins on the coolness scale. A Rube Goldberg style data storage device that I'd never heard of before: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/27/tob_ibm_1360/.

It's a bit sad that devices like this don't seem to be built anymore. I wonder how much engineering expertise has been lost, just because we now have better, simpler solutions available.

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