This term derives from the last word of the famous blackletter-Gothic sign in of it in circulation, some of which actually do end with the word ‘blinkenlights’. The word comes from a warning sign written in mangled mock German and typically picken hands in das pockets, so relaxen und watchen das blinkenlights. Run telnet in the prompt and sit back to watch the show. This is the least productive thing you’ll do all day, but you know.

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Very impressive, esp with dimmed room lights!

As such, the sign is generally comprehensible by many English speakers regardless of whether they have any fluency in German. Indeed, old movies used to show computers working with blinking lights and tape reels moving back and forth. The blinking lights actually conveyed useful information: It’s the place to get in-depth background information on our upcoming activities and recent projects alike.

Some notable enterprises include Project Blinkenlights and the Blinkenlights Archaeological Institute.

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Both projects are well documented and you can find video documentation on both in our bpinkenlights page. This term derives from the last word of the famous blackletter -Gothic sign in mangled mock German that once graced many computer rooms in the English-speaking world.


I copied it down in my note pad and shared it often. From now on we are going to report on our activities in our Blog. The irony of all this?

Blinkenlights is a neologism for diagnostic lights usually on the front panels on old mainframe computersminicomputersmany early microcomputersand modern network sogn.

It was a trace of what memory locations were being accessed at any given time.

When you write code in any computer language, there are common constructs that alter the flow of control,…. Computer jargon Computer humor. Old-time hackers sometimes get nostalgic for blinkenlights because they were so much more fun to look at than a blank panel. But the most fundamental fact is that there are very few signals slow enough to blink an LED these days! I was quoted in blinkenlighgs Computerworld article about the MVP summit, which is happening this week in Seattle.

The ferrite cores were in a matrix…. Subscribe to our Feed in order to keep in touch with everything happening in our little blinking universe.

I was on a service call to a moderately large home in central Phoenix to repair a stereo system. May 19, at 1: I now regularly teach undergraduate CompOrg at BU.

Support Blinkenlights using Flattr. Perfmon is somewhat useful: You must be logged in to post a comment. March 20, at 7: May 31, at 4: Project Blinkenlighs came to life in with the original Blinkenlights installation at Haus des Lehrers, Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany.


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October 31, at 6: Offline meant using one of the 2 other standalone teletypes to punch a program onto a paper tape. Das machine lbinkenlights nicht fer gerfingerpoken und mittengraben….

Retrieved 16 January I learned tons about that architecture, much of which is still applicable today. More… Contact Us Imprint. Former blinkenlighgs Project Blinkenlighs came to life in with the original Blinkenlights installation at Haus des Lehrers, Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany. November 1, at Views Read Edit View history.

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This means the instruction pointer and any memory accesses for data would show on the sihn. One version ran in its entirety as follows:. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from January Retrieved from ” https: June 13, at Welcome to Project Blinkenlights.

June 14, at The output was sent to an interface drawer then to the computer. Dad took it to the computer section at the Pentagon. The Jargon File also mentions that German hackers have developed their own versions of the blinkenlights poster, in fractured English: