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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-05-21 13:45
Subject: [photos] Pop quiz - what's this?
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Tags:cool, photos, tech
What's this?

IMG_2410.JPG

More on the National Electronics Museum when I can reasonably upload a large batch of photos.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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manmela
User: manmela
Date: 2009-05-21 21:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Enigma?
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2009-05-21 22:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The logo peeking out on the bottom right kind of gives it away. That and that I've seen an Enigma machine in person...
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2009-05-21 21:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's a Wehrmacht Enigma machine.
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Clint Harris
User: wendigomountain
Date: 2009-05-21 21:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It looks like my first word processor, the Smith Corrona "portable" with deluxe wood paneling. ;)
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selfavowedgeek
User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2009-05-21 21:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's your cover story from '43, right?
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Thomas Jefferson Crowley
User: tjcrowley
Date: 2009-05-21 22:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Enigma machine!
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2009-05-21 22:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's an enigma machine.
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aries_jordan: Despair
User: aries_jordan
Date: 2009-05-21 22:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Despair
I don't know, but it looks wired to blow up if you type the wrong combination.
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Brother Flaming Sword of Moderation
User: johno
Date: 2009-05-21 22:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've actually had an opportunity to send a short message between two of these.

Do you know how long it takes to send just short sentence between them.

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Josh English
User: joshenglish
Date: 2009-05-21 22:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Enigma decoder? A punch card encoder?...no, no numbers.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2009-05-21 22:44 (UTC)
Subject: I answered without looking at the other responses....
An enigma machine?
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jackwilliambell
User: jackwilliambell
Date: 2009-05-21 22:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That is an Enigma machine. Or a replica, anyway.
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ferragus: WarTuba
User: ferragus
Date: 2009-05-21 22:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:WarTuba
Nope, you're all wrong, it's a Lector Decoding Machine as featured in the movie "From Russia With Love"
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jtdiii
User: jtdiii
Date: 2009-05-21 23:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Dang everyone else knew what it was too....
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Kevin Standlee
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2009-05-21 23:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
[Posted before reading comments]

An Enigma coding machine.
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thecrimsony
User: thecrimsony
Date: 2009-05-22 00:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm not surprised by the number of people on this list that know the answer.

I was just watching something on D-day and the Enigma machine the other day.
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Hal
User: hal_obrien
Date: 2009-05-22 00:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Another place to see an Enigma (and to work one yourself) is the National Cryptologic Museum at Ft. Meade.

Which, as you might guess, is where I've had my hands on one.
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Mister Eclectic: CamoOcto
User: howeird
Date: 2009-05-22 00:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:CamoOcto
Looks like another enigmatic posting.
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2009-05-22 00:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was surprised to find we have one here in Wellington.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2009-05-22 01:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's a cypher machine, an Enigma I presume.
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Johnny Eponymous
User: johnnyeponymous
Date: 2009-05-22 01:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Enigma, the Army model, probably made post-1942. Our's is slightly older, but this one's in great shape.
Chris
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2009-05-22 15:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, with three rotors, as opposed to the naval models, which had four rotors. Most of the surviving Enigmas are army models-- no way to chuck it overboard in case of capture. The naval version had a different case, too, if memory serves me right. Not wood.
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bram452
User: bram452
Date: 2009-05-22 02:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I vote Enigma
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willyumtx
User: willyumtx
Date: 2009-05-22 04:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Made me think of the following:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1003/3174306181_accfc1591d.jpg?v=0
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-05-22 10:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Heh...
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2009-05-22 04:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:crayons
It looks like an old-fashioned typesetting machine, but obviously it isn't.
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Lawrence M. Schoen: Klingon
User: klingonguy
Date: 2009-05-22 12:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Klingon
This looks like that knock-off Engima, based on the far superior, original Klingon machine used by the emperor.
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