People visiting Stockholm nowadays - or even people living there, for that matter - have little idea how poor and slum-ridden the city was just fifty years ago: the town center was full of small and cramped apartments housing whole families in single rooms, lacking bathrooms and toilets (everyone shared a row of earth toilets in the yard, and washed once a week in communal baths).
So, based on the high-tech and affluent Stockholm you see now, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that this was an “early and advanced” technical solution, when actually it’s simply a product of the very small scale of the town. The area ‘inomtullarna’ (which comprises the entire city center, excluding the dormitory suburbs), could easily fit inside the single London borough of Camden, for instance.
During the period this tower was needed the population of Stockholm more than doubled so how the slums where distributed will most probably have changed during this time.
Even more photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tekniskamuseet-telehistoriska/...
I feel like there have been others. Anybody find one?
I think this is a suitable example for the “Clean Code” book, the chapter about refactoring.
And also: Do you think they’ve built a mock somewhere with 5000 phones as a test rig?
It also makes the city seems like cyberpunk central, which is pretty cool.
Source: W. Agrell, Vem kan man lita på?, ISBN 9789175452395
Fascinating how technology changes but humans don't.
Also, this thing looks like a fabulous lightning distribution network during thunderstorms.