The baby mainframe

Bruce Sterling points to a photo that has been found of the great grandfather of modern computers:

"This is the first known photograph of the great grandfather of modern digital computers - a room sized, one ton jumble of wiring, valves and racks that was 640 million times less powerful than its descendant, the pocket-sized iPod."

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This is millennia ago in technology terms, but only 60 years in human terms.

June 20, 2008 | 11:36 PM