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"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Vision Plate  
  A flat panel monitor.  

This is a variant on the word visiplate.

The skipper studied the [stereophotos] of Tommy's taking, and put them aside. He went back to his uneasy contemplation of the vision plates ahead.
From First Contact, by Murray Leinster.
Published by Street and Smith Co. in 1945
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This term probably appeared earlier; I've read that Alexander M. Phillips used it in Martian Gesture, a short story that appeared in the Wonder Stories in October of 1935, but I can't find the story to get a quote.

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