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Eniac - The birth of a computer.

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Many, many, many years ago

by mjd420nova In reply to Eniac - The birth of a co ...

sounds like a fairy tale?? In 1961 I was a young
and aspiring engineer who would frequent a small
business known as Honeywell Outlet. They had
every componet, nut, bolt or hardware needed
to build the ENIAC and in fact, they took in
Plug boards that came from the mainframe.
They took in units and stripted them for each
and every part. Mechanical movements and all
kinds of switches. A real hardware shopping center. Unlike the old CONTROL DATA, who would
destroy every part before scapping units. I
almost cried when I saw a technician beating
on the coils of a variac (huge, at least a
thousand watts) with a hammer and chistle.
When I was older I was even able to actually
acquire a tube rack unit from the mainframe, and stripted it for some needed parts.

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Flashing lights and Colossus

by stress junkie In reply to Eniac - The birth of a co ...

When I first started in this business I worked at a computer lab at Digital Equipment Corp. My boss told me about how some of the lights on the system panels were meaningless. He said that Ken Olsen, DEC CEO, had wanted flashing lights added to some computers because it impressed the customers. If you just had a steel skinned box sitting in a room people wouldn't be as interested in purchasing it.

As far as Colossus goes, I'm glad that the article mentioned it. I with that they had said a little bit more about it. The Colossus was invented at the British super secret World War 2 research lab named Bletchley Park. (I'm not sure about the spelling.) This remained a secret military secret for many years after the war ended. The result was that many people incorrectly thought that ENIAC was the first electronic computer. As the article implies, ENIAC was the first computer whose existence was announced to the public. The existence of Colossus certainly does not detract from the role of ENIAC in the history of data processing. I just wish that more people knew about Colossus, and the other contributions made by the British in the realm of military technology.

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