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A trip down (microfilm) memory lane

May 2, 2008

IBM’s 1890 data tabulator reading census data cards with pools of toxic mercury?  Robotic data storage on microfilm?  A US defense computer kept alive by Russian vacuum tubes?  And much more!  In the BBC News video Computer Dinosaurs.  Some seriously, awesomely cool stuff from early computing days.

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  1. May 2, 2008 at 19:51 | #1

    Oh my god do I feel olde… I remember all that. Well, except the 1890 stuff… In a very short time, we’ve come a long way, baby…

  2. Lucas
    May 3, 2008 at 10:43 | #2

    I thought the most amazing part was when he said that it’s estimated that ENIAC did more computation than all of humanity in all of recorded history.  It wouldn’t surprise me if my computer did more computations than ENIAC did in its entire life rendering that video.

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