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Video: A working Babbage difference engine

Here's a little something to take the edge off your Monday--a video of the a working Babbage Difference Engine. An extraordinary piece of computing history with a surprising feature set. Just be glad you don't have to support it--as it weighs five tons, includes hundreds of gears, and requires soft plaster trays for hardcopy backups.

Here's a little something to take the edge off your Monday—a video of the a working Babbage Difference Engine. An extraordinary piece of computing history with a surprising feature set. Just be glad you don't have to support it—as it weighs five tons, includes hundreds of gears, and requires soft plaster trays for hardcopy backups.

About Jay Garmon

Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can a...

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