The fascinating history of computers (30 Jul, 2021)

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The fascinating history of computers (30 Jul, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Fri Jul 30, 2021 8:59 am

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Until I did some digging, I had no idea just how capable computers of the 1940s were. It is truly amazing what they were able to achieve with a bunch of relays and many miles of wire.

If you have some spare time, take a look at these very early machines and marvel at just how far we've come in the span of a single lifetime.
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Re: The fascinating history of computers (30 Jul, 2021)

Postby Perry » Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:43 am

The Imitation Game movie is well worth a watch, too.
Puts the technology development in a fascinating context.

And here's an undated pic of a 5Mb hard drive being unloaded.
Subject of quite some awe, it seems.
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Re: The fascinating history of computers (30 Jul, 2021)

Postby GSVNoFixedAbode » Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:18 am

I was fortunate a few years ago to visit Bletchley Park and see Enigma and Bombe being rebuilt. Absolutely fascinating piece of history of computing there! As a side note, some of the valves required to rebuild this equipment were sourced from a friend's stash of old equipment&parts in his shed at Bannockburn (Otago) after a global scavenger hunt to source the parts.
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