|The Original Lexis DeLuxe Terminal|
All this mental time travel reminded me of my first encounter with a Lexis terminal when it was wheeled into the Pace University Law Library in 1979. The Deluxe terminal shown here was the size of a washing machine and despite its weight and girth it was remarkably “dumb.” It had no computing power. It dialed up and searched a remote database over telephone lines. It could not print out a full case, but you could print a section of “key words in context” KWIC on exotic silver paper. I mused about the empty directory screen which listed only 4 databases – cases and statutes from New York and Ohio. I wondered for nano-second why I hadn’t pulled out my iPhone in 1979 and taken a picture of the barren black screen on the Deluxe terminal — ooops the iPhone was 30 years in the future.
|The Pre-GUI Lexis Display|
|The Deluxe was replaced by the compact Ubiq terminal.|
|The many faces of Lexis|
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