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Great British computers: A ZDNet retrospective

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Executive Summary

Would you believe the first ever business computer totted up the price of cakes, bread and pies? You would if you knew it was operated by a British tea-shop company.

The Lyons Electric Office computer (LEO), along with Edsac -- the UK's first fully operational general-purpose computer -- and Tunny and the code-breaking heroes from Bletchley Park, make up the British computers that paved the way for our calculators, our PCs, our tablets, our computing future.

Take a trip down computing memory lane with this ZDNet guide to great British computers.

You can read this free guide on any screen, from tablet to e-reader, desktop to mobile device -- or even print it out.

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