it was a Camaro the first time. It was a while back now, but there was definitely two versions from him, as to what kind of car it was.
The same with the IBM. You'd think that, if your only mission was to get a specific model computer, you sure as hell wouldn't forget what model
number it was, would you? Do you need the 7.5MB of info I have? It's in there somewhere. It might've been on his Art Bell forum session. Somewhere,
he specifically stated that it was a Camaro. It was in his first chat session that he claimed he was here to get a 5110, and not a 5100. There's a
huge difference between both the cars, and the computers.
While I'm not sure if time travel is possible or not, I looked up every "prediction" JT made. For each that seem to have already "come to pass",
articles can be found that were written before his "predictions". Here's the biggest ones that most people were crowing about.
Mad cow disease was discovered in Britain in 1986, triggering a slump in beef consumption across Europe and the subsequent slaughter of millions of
cows to try to restore consumers' faith in eating beef. Britain has recorded over 110 cases of vCJD since 1996, linked to beef infected with mad cow
disease, and at least 100 people have died.
It was widely known as early as Aug. 1999 that CERN was in a "race to create a black hole".
This was known long before JT posted. Not sure exactly when, but 1997 was the earliest I could find. Many older articles have probably disappeared
from the web, but I'm sure you can find older ones if you look. Actually, I'm quite sure this was known when they created they wrote Unix.
32-bit systems can only store a maximum of 231 non-negative seconds (2,147,483,648 seconds or about 68 years). Which means that 32-bit UNIX systems
won't be able to process time beyond 19 Jan 2038 at 3:14:07 AM GMT.
One of the common solutions will be to switch to 64-bit architecture systems that can store a maximium of 263 non-negative seconds
(9,223,372,036,854,775,808 [9.2 Quintillion] seconds or about 292.27 Billion years), which is about 22 times the estimated age of our universe!
Let's put it this way:
1. A 32-bit counter will expire in little over a year.
2. A 64-bit counter will expire in little over 2^32 years, or roughly the time the sun (not the Sun) is expected to expire.
3. The odds of your computer hardware surviving the forementioned event without reboot are very slim.
Any engineer who could do math (and what engineer can't?) knew that 32bit Unix would expire on January 19th 2038 at 03:14:07 2038.
The APL/Basic thing has been known for years. It wasn't originally released in 1975, but was widely publicized later. This is pretty easy to find
also. IBM was absolutely anal about documentation, so you can bet your ass this was indeed documented.
Both BASIC and APL were available, the desired language being selected by a toggle switch. The modification he was referring to was probably something
as simple as jumping the toggle switch.
One of the most unusual features of the 5100s is that they could run BASIC or APL or both.
You want more? I'm not wasting anymore time on this hoax. I spent a few weeks doing in depth research, and I came to my conclusion.
[Edited on 1-17-2004 by Satyr]