Stupid Movie Tech Moments
Virtually no sci-fi or action flick these days is complete without a computer scene showing a few screens of mysterious scrolling text and a 3D wire-frame model. But where does this vaguely tech-looking stuff come from? Well, more often than not, it comes from a Website, app, or startup screen from the real world at the time the movie was made. Read on for some of the most unexpected tech cameos in movies.
The Terminator (1984)
Robots coming from the future to kill Sarah Connor? Perfectly believable. That code on the left-hand side, however, is assembly code for an Apple II (originally from Nibble Magazine, apparently). Maybe the Terminator is booting up off of a 5.25-inch floppy.
(Photo credit: Dominick Wagner, by way of Pagetable.com.)
Terminator 3 (2003)
In the second sequel appearing 19 years later, we see Kristanna Loken as the model T-X Terminator. Look closely at the left-hand side: "Remote Access," "Software Update," "Quicktime Player," and so on are all control panels from Mac OS 9. Would have made a great "I'm a Mac" ad.
Strike Back (2010)
(Photo credit: Viper007Bond.com)
Stargate SG-1: Ark of Truth (2008)
A devoted policeman is brought back to life thanks to a robot suit. I can't even imagine what kind of software it could be running--wait, is that COMMAND.COM in the upper-left corner? Yep, Robocop runs MS-DOS.
Gundam Wing (1995)
This mid-90s addition to the classic Japanese giant-robot cartoon Mobile Suit Gundam had phenomenal success in the United States on Cartoon Network. But clearly the animators hadn't anticipated a widespread American release--the text on the back of a scrolling medical readout is, in fact, the read-me file for Adobe Photoshop 6's TWAIN scanner drivers.
Doctor Who (2008)
One episode of this classic British sci-fi series sends Doctor Who 50,000 years into the future, where...they still have Apple keyboards, apparently. Maybe they were able to get a special AppleCare extension.
You know, when you think of product placement in a James Bond movie, you think about his fancy watch or remote-control sports car. IBM's OS/2 Warp showed up on every computer in Goldeneye--even the burning ones.
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