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Edsac Goes Live, At UK's National Museum of Computing 37

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Britain's National Museum of Computing has flipped the switch on the venerable Edsac computer. The arduous task of reconstructing the 1949 behemoth, fraught with little in terms of the original hardware or documentation, was brought to fruition on Wednesday. As project lead Andrew Herbert is quoted as saying, "We face the same challenges as those remarkable pioneers who succeeded in building a machine that transformed computing." A remarkably shaky video of the event, replete with excellent views of the floor at the videographer's feet, can be found here."
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Edsac Goes Live, At UK's National Museum of Computing

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  • Fraught? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by gstoddart ( 321705 )

    The arduous task of reconstructing the 1949 behemoth, fraught with little in terms of the original hardware or documentation

    So, the word 'fraught' doesn't appear in TFA. And there's probably a reason for that.

    Fraught doesn't mean "without the benefit of".

    fraught
    frÃt/
    adjective
    adjective: fraught

    1.
    (of a situation or course of action) filled with or destined to result in (something undesirable).
    "marketing any new prod

  • just don't vacuum up the spills, let the kiddies roll it around in their palms like we did. probably be a more efficient way to pick it up.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Alternatively, they could use alcohol - Turing calculated that ethyl alcohol could be used in delay lines when he was designing the ACE.

      His colleagues suggested he wanted to fill them with gin.

      Safer and much cheaper than mercury.

  • These guys rule (Score:4, Insightful)

    by hackertourist ( 2202674 ) <hackertourist AT xmsnet DOT nl> on Thursday November 27, 2014 @03:12PM (#48475175)

    The Colossus and Bombe replicas were amazing achievements, and they just keep going. Building complex machines with nothing but some photographs to go on.
    Where's my 'we're not worthy' emoticon? _o_

    • Building complex machines with nothing but some photographs to go on.

      Actually, there are real people still alive who remember it.

  • Not working yet (Score:4, Informative)

    by Animats ( 122034 ) on Thursday November 27, 2014 @03:12PM (#48475177) Homepage

    It's not finished yet. They have the clock and the delay line memory working, but it can't run programs.

  • That computer really was an earthshaking milestone, as the video clearly shows.

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. -- James Michener, "Space"

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