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Monday, March 3, 2014

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Have you ever wanted to pretend you're Samuel L. Jackson trying to access the main security for Jurassic Park? Now you can at, which lets you interact with Nedry's computer! Just don't forget to say the magic word. (Sadly there's no simulator for Lex's so-clearly-NOT-a-UNIX system.)

In other JP news Irrfan Khan, star of The Life of Pi, has been offered a role in Jurassic World (aka JP4), and Vincent D’Onofrio will apparently be playing a villain. Meanwhile Jeff Goldblum has not been called for the new sequel but someone did remix his laugh from the original film.

h/t to Slog-Tipper Barry!


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Eric Arrr 1
Actually, it was a Unix system:…
Posted by Eric Arrr on March 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM · Report this
fletc3her 2
The scene played out better in the book. I think it was a Cray supercomputer in the book, updated to be a Thinking Machines CM-5 in the movie. That company was indeed flying high at the time, but before too long they were using the case of one of those as a bar in the basement of the Media Lab at MIT. SGI was heavily involved in the 3D graphics in the movie so the use of their computers could be either an homage or a product placement. The UNIX line got a huge cheer when I first saw this movie with a college crowd in Boston, but the 3D interface was definitely not what one thinks of as UNIX.
Posted by fletc3her on March 3, 2014 at 2:42 PM · Report this
Yep not too be too much of a nerd but it was a UNIX system (IRIX System V R4 flavor) made by SGI running a GUI called FSN which, if you own an old IRIX workstation you can run yourself. Of course it was still BS for the movie because they only made FSN for the movie, any UNIX user of the day would not have known what FSN was. Maybe Lex hung out at SGI a lot.
Posted by hifiandrew on March 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM · Report this
I love D'Onofrio. I want him and Oldman in something.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on March 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM · Report this
They did not make fsn for the movie -- it was one of the geewhiz graphics demos that came stock on every SGI workstation sold. There was also a bouncing jello cube and a flight simulator. No real person would ever have actually tried to use it as a file browser though.
Posted by waffle on March 3, 2014 at 9:48 PM · Report this

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