In college, I wrote an article for an April Fools edition of our ACM newsletter about how the Illiac was to become the newest mail server for students. The best part of the article (in my humble opinion) was the image that was “enhanced using Adobe Photoshop software“: I pasted in a picture of my friend (then the sysadmin for the students’ servers) on top of a commonly used photo of the Illiac.
A couple of years later, a computer museum in Italy put together a web page about the history of computers, and they looked around for a picture of the historic Illiac to include in that web page (probably using http://images.google.com)… and you can probably tell where this is going:
Say hi to my friend Joe: http://www.computermuseum.it/history/generazione-2.htm
See the original: http://ems.music.uiuc.edu/history/illiac.html
I love the web.
(Update 2/5: Another thing about the web, those referrer headers are pretty useful… Max, the owner of www.computermuseum.it, saw the hits from this blog and fixed the picture! I’m bummed, but at least he archived the faked one too 🙂 You can see the faked one here:
(Update 5/10: Here’s the archive link to the original page: http://web.archive.org/web/20020209111053/http://www.computermuseum.it/history/generazione-2.htm)