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    Worlds oldest working computer - WITCH

    No, not our Witch!

    Popped to the National Computer Museum yesterday.

    Instantly start smiling as soon as i enter. I love the noise! Why cant computers sound like that these days (ok, yeah i know). Immediately approached by uber geeks who passionately explain every bit of kit in there. After convincing them that neither me or my fella were programmers and that i just do a bit of IT and just wanted to have a look we wondered over to WITCH. (Harwell Dekatron Computer)

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    It's a thing of beauty. I stood and watched whilst they got her restarted. It's pretty mind blowing. It was dismantled and forgotten about because the Birmingham museum couldn't get it to work. My fella was pretty excited as he got to use the control that lets you run the program through step by step. It's got one bug which apparently the guy who rebuilt it is currently at home trying to figure out. The last surviving original builder occasionally pops in to see if he can help.

    Then @SYSMAN_MK happened..Worlds oldest working computer - WITCH-bdokaj_ccaigvgd.jpg
    Last edited by Little-Miss; 22nd February 2013 at 01:17 PM.

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    Awesome. I now feel the need to visit Milton Keynes for 2 reasons... that and to go practice my snowboarding

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidIrwin View Post
    ...and to go practice my snowboarding
    Sorry this is off topic but I just watched this video and then read this thread and your comment.


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    What does it actually do?

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    Has any one read "A computer called LEO" it about the world 1st business computer build by a British Firm.

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    WHAT HAS @SYSMAN_MK STARTED?!

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    it was was doing a calculation...square roots from 99 down 1...i think...


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    We have a thread about WITCH: They're rebooting Witch! See postings 17 & 26 for some info about when it was in Birmingham.

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    The black printer to the far left of it is older and still working lol

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    The guy that noticed it in the corner and rescued it was a TNMOC trustee. How about that for luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    Has any one read "A computer called LEO" it about the world 1st business computer build by a British Firm.
    Yeah - Its well worth a read people!

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