Simple Pleasures part 2

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The world's first programmable computer with memory - Baby - 60th birthday the day after tomorrow.

Built in Manchester. (Rebuilt by volunteers in 1998). Was used to test memory properties of cathode ray tubes. Enabled the refinement and adaptation of programmes on the fly.

(Colossus at Bletchley Park had no memory, but speed of calculation - the other property Mancunian Alan Turing saw as critical to computers.)
19th Jun 2008, 22:35   | tags:,,,

arkangel says:

Great British no-nonsense engineering

19th Jun 2008, 23:02

spongevid says:

the science museum!! i hope you went to play in the kids section and kicked the kids off hte fun things to play on them instead!!

20th Jun 2008, 00:19

arkangel says:

If only life were so leisurely...

20th Jun 2008, 11:25

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