Peeps were still using slide-rules back then! Object oriented programming wasn't even a glimmer in somebody's eye. I'm pretty sure that "databases" did not exist per-se ... At best, what you had was massive batch files, often stored on punch cards.
It will be interesting to see what the season finale brings tonight (no, the finale wasn't episode 12). It will also be interesting to see if VUDU has it tomorrow as 12 didn't show up until Sunday. I see chatter on IMDB is speculation if there will be a season 4. They think Shaw will order one but Syfy may not. If so, I wouldn't be surprised if Netflix chips in. They did on season 2 and may have on season 3.
The point being... I was doing this stuff when I was a kid... and I'm telling you how I did things then... and while I thought of myself as smart, I can't believe I was the only one capable of thinking of those things at the time... and I am telling you things that I thought of and did at that time when I programmed.
But I never was able to build a time machine, though... or go to alternate dimensions... so I need TV for that!
The Prius (or Tesla) would not exist, if not for the Model-T.
The Traveler's one line was very Kosh-like "And so it begins."
I would have probably said more originally, but I forgot most of what happened by the time last night arrived. Now all I remember is Brad calling Terminators from the future hellscape back in time to destroy 2014. Oops.
Ah, I remembered one of the things that really bothered me -- evil Alec's speech. Alec's transition to evil corporate overlord was hard enough to justify, but how does he go from that to "I will never let you and Emily be happy! I'll kill her before I let the two of you be happy! Even if you travel back in time to save her again, I'll just kill her over and over and over! Bwahahaha!" Wait, what?
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"What do you say Beckett. Wanna have a baby?" - Castle to Det. Beckett
"How Long have I been gone?" Alexis after arriving home and seeing Castle and Beckett w/ the baby - Castle - 11/25/13
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And the 8" 'ers I remember actually held *less* data than the them newfangled 5.25"s ... By the same token, the 3.5's exceeded the 5.25 capacity. Single vs Dual sided was also part of the equation ... but we digress.
It's all about 1980's era PC life...
"I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...."
What rule was broken?
The timeline has been changing since before the show started (I'm assuming of course a bit here that has yet to be discussed on screen)... One of Kellog's ancestors was killed early in season 1 and he didn't disappear and yet he should never be born... so there's a new timeline right there. Then who knows what else... and then Alec goes back to be two Alecs and the Freelancers future is disintegrating... so Kiera goes back to presumably stop that from happening. Meanwhile something else has already changed because Brad has a different future that he comes back to prevent.
So back to the beacon... he is sent back and told to activate the beacon under a false assumption that if they change the future then nobody will hear the beacon and they will know they prevented his future. The problem with that is, his beacon still exists... and lots of people have seen it... so there's no reason why in this timeline it couldn't be studied and at some point in the new future something/someone sent back to that point knowing he will activate it after thinking he has changed his future.
So... any deviation in this timeline forward from this point can respond to that beacon and any change they make, someone else can come back to that point and make new changes. That beacon is more of a problem than perhaps its inventor intended OR perhaps the inventor intended that all along. Time (pun intended) will tell
It would take a really smart group of writers to take the show in that direction. I'm not sure they have it in 'em, but we'll see.
If they go new, the changes keep making things worse and worse for the future... and they can't go back... so they all have to agree on the best of the worst and try to make the best future possible even though it isn't the original one... and again sacrifices will be made