Computers On The Big Screen

Let’s face it. Hollywood gets a lot of things wrong. The one thing they seem to never do right are computers. Annoyances.org has compiled a list of some of the more blatant errors. A few of my favorites.

  • The most relevant information is displayed in a separate windows right in the middle of the screen, but there’s never an Ok button to other way to close it.
  • High-tech computers, such as those used by NASA, the CIA, or some such governmental institution, will have easy to understand graphical interfaces. Those that don’t, have incredibly powerful text-based command shells that can correctly understand and execute commands typed in plain English.
  • Laptops, for some strange reason, always seem to have amazing real-time video phone capabilities and the performance of a CRAY Supercomputer.
  • Whenever a character looks at a VDU, the image is so bright that it projects itself onto his/her face (see Alien, 2001, Jurassic Park).
  • Either a Jacob’s Ladder or a Van Der Graaf Generator is absolutely necessary for the operation of new, experimental computers (especially when built by brilliant scientists), although in real life, these devices do absolutely nothing.

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