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A supercool hacker called Somecomputerguy gives us a crash course in playing games on a 60-year-old computer – and it isn’t pretty.

The best thing? The poor guy had to key in the boot loader twice using binary switches in a process that would make the average TikTokker explode. We’ve come an amazingly long way. The best part?

“This computer was released in 1967, and was used by the CIA, research facilities, and large corporations,” he wrote. “My SEL 810A ran a natural gas pipeline station from 1969 to 2006, so 37 years.”

That’s right: this monstrosity was still in service in 2006, two years before the first iPhone.


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By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.