Re: The Computers of Star Trek
they were pushing real physical buttons all over the place. It made the characters look more active IMO.
In other words, real men don't touchscreen for quiche from the replicator. (They punched buttons the way they "punched" cows. Yaahh!)
As for those punchcard sounds, let's not forget the high amp relays in Robby's face in FORBIDDEN PLANET.
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