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IBM 1401(1959)

IBM 1401(1959)

The 1401 is considered to be the first fully transistorised computer of the mainframe era. Over 12,000 units were produced; many were leased or resold after they were replaced with newer technology. The 1401 was withdrawn from IBM sales catalogues on February...
Big Magnetic Drum

Big Magnetic Drum

Now here’s a big magnetic drum – this thing, roughly the size of a small washing machine (and weighing far, far more), used to be the standard method for storing data. This has individual read/write heads…
THE MICROBEE SYSTEM (1982)

THE MICROBEE SYSTEM (1982)

The Microbee system was designed and developed in Australia. The descendant of S-100 systems, it was originally sold as a DIY kit, but went on to become a prefabricated staple in Aussie classrooms and home offices….
1950’s computing

1950’s computing

IBM 26 card punch (1950)Slide rules – Fuller cylindrical, Hemi, circular, special purpose etc Calculating aids – Tamaya Planix 5000 planimeter Mechanical Calculators – 1930s Comptometer, Curta, Contex, Facit, Odhner Electrical calculators – 1930 NCR...