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Isn't technical language from an alternate timeline fun? There is little reason to expect many technical terms to be the same as IOW, and Sobel gives many examples of changes. In this paragraph, we have respectively the IOW microwave oven, refrigerator, central processor, audio (magnetic) tape recorder, fax machine, typewriter, and television. Sound recordings are both on read-only "disks" (referred to in Sexo, Drogos, y la Musica del Diablo, details unspecified so far) and read-write soundtapes. Steve has designed a peripheral to use the latter as secondary storage for a computer. The vitavision screen acts as a "glass TTY" -- it can only put letters into fixed locations. The keyboard/screen interaction is not yet very conducive to writing at the screen as IOW...


(Return to Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair.)

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