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HP-9845 used to produce footage for "Wargames" the movie
Message #1 Posted by John on 6 Feb 2007, 4:53 p.m.


I know the HP-9845 barely passes as an 'HP Calculator', but I just wanted to pass on this snippet of 1983 movie folklore to the HP community.

Browse to and look for the text '9845'.

Quote "Of course, the big technical achievement for the film was the 50,000 or so feet of negative we managed to make into over 100,000 feet of print for the big screens in the front of the set. It was a huge undertaking, especially for the time (we built our own film recorders and file management system to control it all). The crew making those "plates" worked in shifts 24 hours a day for 7 months, if I remember correctly. Oh, and the Hewlett Packard computers we used were H-P 9845c's I believe. They were lent to us by H-P because we were lucky enough to have Colin Cantwell, who had a relationship with H-P and was a consultant to them, as the lead designer of the missile scenarios displayed on those big screens. Colin did an incredible job and it is because of him that I looked so good."


John PS - Please can the site owner delete article with same title, wetware failure this end.

Re: HP-9845 used to produce footage for "Wargames" the movie
Message #2 Posted by Don Davis on 6 Feb 2007, 10:16 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by John

The 9845C was the first color computer I ever saw. I used the 9815, 9825, and 9826 (which had a floppy drive instead of tape, I think) for data collection and analysis, but the lucky guy down the hall managed to get his dept to pony up for the 9845C! I am sure he made up some excuse why he needed such an extravagance. My recollection was that it cost about $40-$50K at the time (~1981) this correct?


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