I got the following picture through the e-mail this morning, which seemed quite interesting:
It looks like a clipping from an old paper, complete with caption, describing the picture as an example of a prototype of the home computer of 2004, produced by scientists of the RAND corporation. However all is not as it seems, the picture doesn’t look quite right, I’m not sure whether it is the slightly odd looking TV screen on the wall, or the fact that the paper on the teletype doesn’t appear to be correctly aligned underneath. But anyway, it got me suspicious, so I looked up RAND Computer 1954 on Google, and came across this article.
The article describes how the picture is actually an entry in a web site picture modification competition, and shows the original picture of an exhibit at the Smithsonian, and linking to the site with the competition.
So although it was another one of the many hoax e-mails that circulate, this one was actually pretty well done, and a good example of what you can do with something like Photoshop given the time.