One tonne 'Baby' marks its birth

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by remmy, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. remmy macrumors 6502a

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    Sixtieth anniversary of the first modern computer, that did not to need rewiring when reprogramming.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7465115.stm

    Quite like the black and white image with the blokes in white lab coats and cables everywhere.
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Well really its one of the first modern computers, the story isn't as clear cut as that. It was based on the American EDVAC (and earlier ENIAC).

    It was the first operating computer I believe.
     
  3. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

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    It was the first computer that could store a program in memory of some kind. Prevous computers had to have their programs either wired-in (essentially a single-purpose computer that could change its purpose with some re-wiring) or stored on some external memory of some kind (such as punch cards).
     
  4. Antares macrumors 68000

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    Either way, this is really cool and a neat accomplishment.
     

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