>when did glowing become culturally synonymous with technology
My first guess would be: when humans discovered fire :P
But judging by Lem's novels, back in the day panels full of gagues were more synonymous to technology than panels full of blinkenlights. Like this one:
@Freyaday what router is that?
It's an eero basestation hooked up to a 4-port switch that then goes into the walls.
@Freyaday hm... if it's the right eero I'm looking at, it has at least a status light.
Also, what kind of switch doesn't have blinkenlights?
It's got a status light, I guess, but no blinkenlights. I think the switch has blinkenlights but it's buried behind a cabinet now so I can't check.
Ironically, the little repeater things actually have nightlights on them!
@Freyaday I think for the aesthetic purposes, you could easily emulate blinkenlights with a 24-port rack-mounted switch (eg. sth like Nortel Baystack 5510) and a bunch of ethernet loops :P
The stock fans being loud as fuck add to the big-iron-computer climate.
Well, I did put a USB fan in next to the eero because it was uncomfortably hot to the touch, so hey. 90+% savings right there.
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