July 05, 2005

Jurassic Park Mystery Solved

There's a scene in Jurassic Park where the security systems go down and let all the dinosaurs out, including the mighty TRex. The park founder's grandchildren try to help out, and the grandaughter boots up the computer and says "this is UNIX...I know this!". And she proceeds to re-enable the security system. To anyone who's ever been a UNIX system administrator, myself included, this didn't look anything like UNIX. As a matter of fact, the filesystem shown didn't bear even a passing resemblance to UNIX, since most of us use the traditional black screen and navigate the file structure that way, using the good old ls -F command. That is to say, NON-graphically.

Well, the mystery can now be solved, as the filesystem shown in the movie has been allegedly identified as belonging to Silicon Graphics.
So, that's one mystery solved. Now if only I can get my hands on that video game shown in The Last Starfighter, I'll be all set. I hear that there is a musical, which is kind of funny in itself.

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